Don’t listen to those evil Republicans talk about immigration. They don’t know what they are talking about, the border is totally secure.

In fact, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement came out recently and told us exactly how well things were going in terms of deporting illegal aliens.

From MRC TV:

Earlier this month, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) apprehended – wait for it – 0.0002 percent of the criminal illegal aliens currently loose on the streets of the United States. And they want us to be super excited about it.

At a recent congressional hearing, ICE Director Sarah Saldaña testified there were about 179,000 “undocumented criminals with final orders of removal” loose in the United States. The director added between 30,000 and 40,000 of these criminals had been detained at some point, but were released by authorities because of legal restrictions on how long a criminal illegal alien can be held in custody.

In one self-serving pat on the back, the agency then bragged about their “tireless efforts” in managing to catch a whole two out of every 10,000 criminal illegal aliens currently living in the United States who pose a threat to Americans and other members of immigrant communities:

“Due to the tireless efforts of the ICE enforcement officers, more than three dozen convicted criminals were taken off the streets,” said Tom Decker, ERO Philadelphia field office director. “We will continue to ensure our country is not a safe haven for nefarious foreign nationals.”

So if ICE apprehended 39 criminal aliens in 5 days, that clocks in at about 7.8 aliens per day. If the agency continued this torrid pace day after day after day, it would take them almost 63 years to apprehend all 179,000 of the criminal aliens we have on our streets today.

Feel better about what a good job the government is doing on the immigration front?

In reality, the government is doing an awful job securing the border and any discussion about immigration is completely moot until that changes.

Unfortunately, this is the new normal and it doesn’t look like either party is willing to take this issue seriously.