ByCHERYL CHUMLEY on September 16, 2016

OK, this may not be especially surprising – but it is damning, and it does underscore the dishonesty of the Obama administration (which is why, to circle back to Point No. One, it’s not especially surprising).
But get this, paraphrased from Fox News:
The Department of Homeland Security has been purposely sitting on illegal immigration numbers that show more than admitted by this administration have been sneaking across the borders. And, at the same time, the administration has been broadcasting loudly to all within earshot: Look how many illegals we’ve rounded up in recent months.
The significance of the deception is huge, given it’s immigration that’s driving this presidential race – and it’s border control, national security and the war against radical Islamism that’s given Republican Donald Trump a massive boost in polls over Democrat Hillary Clinton.
Can you say suspicious?
Here’s what Fox found, citing sources:
“Federal lawmakers seeking to pinpoint the number of illegal immigrants who successfully sneak across the southern border ordered up a report from the Department of Homeland Security, but the agency refuses to release it and instead cites a misleading statistic that overstates the number who are nabbed, sources told Fox News.
DHS denied it is holding back the report, but sources say it was completed in November and that it shows roughly half of adults who attempt to cross the border make it – approximately 250,000 in total.
But that number is at odds with DHS’ official estimates. The agency claims authorities catch 80 percent of adults trying to sneak in, but critics say the figure is padded to make it appear border security is more effective than it really is.
“‘The Obama administration knows that the number of illegal aliens successfully getting across the Mexican border is 158 percent higher than they are telling people,'” said John Lott, president of the Crime Prevention Research Center, who assessed the statistics for Fox News. “‘The administration has made fraudulent changes in the numbers to hide this.'”
And another source outright pointed to politics at play as the reason for the skewing of numbers.
As Fox reported:
“One source familiar with the report told Fox News that DHS is suppressing the report for ‘political reasons . . . because it would ‘look bad’ and ‘help elect Donald Trump.'”
Well, isn’t that interesting … and predictable.
Republicans, meanwhile, are simply shocked – shocked! – and vowing to raise heck
“‘It erodes the trust as to whether the administration is being honest with the American people about what the threat is,” said Rep. Martha McSally, R-Ariz., who serves on the Committee on Homeland Security and chairs the Border and Maritime Security Subcommittee. “This should not be a partisan issue. Democrats, Independents and Republicans in my community want to make sure that border communities are safe.”
Note to Republicans: Of course the administration is not being honest about immigration – we know that already. And of course immigration should not be a partisan, politically charged issue – we know that, too, already. The only matter left to decide is what the Republican-led Congress is going to do: Cave to Obama and cower in fear, or use the power of the purse and the power of the majority and fight for the American people?
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