Israel is forcing 120 South Sudanese to leave the country as authorities try to whittle the number of illegal immigrants.This has been a big story for a couple of weeks now.
Interior Ministry spokeswoman Sabine Haddad says all 120, who are being flown out on Sunday, agreed to leave voluntarily. She says they were told they faced arrest if they did not sign a form agreeing to leave.
She says adults will receive 1,000 euros ($1,300) and minors 500 euros ($650) per person.
But I saw an interesting statistic accompanying President Obama's recent offer of amnesty for illegal immigrants in the US. As mentioned in this article from last year:
Nearly 400,000 people were deported from the United States in the past fiscal year, the largest number in the history of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, the government announced Tuesday.Which news story has had bigger headlines: the 120 Sudanese who are getting paid to go back to their country, or the 1.2 million (10,000 times higher!) who were forcibly deported under the supposedly liberal Obama administration?
The year-end removal numbers "underscore the administration's focus on removing individuals ... that fall into priority areas" such as lawbreakers, threats to national security and repeat violators, the agency said in a news release.
Overall in fiscal year 2011, immigration officials said, 396,906 individuals were removed....
"All told, this administration has deported nearly 1.2 million people, leaving a wake of devastation in Latino communities across the nation," Joanne Lin, ACLU legislative counsel, said in a news release.
Had leftists been 10,000 times more indignant at Obama before his recent about-face? Or is there something about calling Israel "racist" that they just find irresistible?