On immigration, President Obama is ending his record of “enforcement” the way he began it — by leaving America’s doors open to illegal aliens.

Based on the latest Immigration and Customs Enforcement figures, the gateway to illegal U.S. residency is as wide, if not wider, now than when Mr. Obama swore his first oath as president to uphold the laws of the United States.

ICE arrests are down 10 percent from last year. And especially with regard to deportations, the numbers are down significantly. This year ICE is on pace to ship out the fewest illegals (230,000) since 2006, according to the Center for Immigration Studies. Just four years ago the U.S. deported 400,000 illegals.

And while Team Obama trumpets its “record deportations” — that is, at the U.S. border — immigration enforcement within the nation’s interior states is an abomination, with 63,700 deportations projected in 2016. That’s about a quarter of the interior deportations made by ICE in Obama’s first year as president.

But 2016 is, after all, a presidential election year. And Democrats are counting on every vote, legal or otherwise, they can grab.

President Obama’s answer to America’s immigration mess — outright amnesty — got drop-kicked by the courts. So he left the nation’s doors open. It’s up to the next president to restore border security — and enforce the law.


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