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The Justice Department’s misleading deportation statement

In a statement which contains so many holes that it makes swiss cheese look solid, the Department of Justice tried to defend their frankly absurd record on deportations this week by using more smoke and mirrors than a Las Vegas magician.

As outlined in an Irish Times article on Monday, 177 people who were made the subject of deportation orders have left the State this year according to the Department, most of whom supposedly left on a voluntary basis.

It’s claimed that 16 of these 177 deportations were “enforced” – i.e. putting someone on a plane and flying them out directly – while most of the others were some form of voluntary deportation or “self-removal.”

However, while that 177 figure might sound good at first glance in a country world-famous for its weak immigration policy, it pales in comparison to the 12,000 “live” deportation orders currently active in Ireland. And this is where the Department starts to bamboozle and mislead people.

As reported by the Irish Times:


“While the total number of live deportation orders is about 12,000, many of those are “historical” and relate to people who voluntarily left the State without informing the authorities, a department spokesman said.

…There is evidence that a significant number of those issued with a deportation order voluntarily leave the State without notifying the immigration authorities of their departure, he said. As a result the number of live deportation orders does not reflect the number of people in the State without permission.”


Now, even if you weren’t aware of Ireland’s broader immigration policy, this just doesn’t even make sense on its face. Anyone with a shred of common sense could immediately see why this statement fundamentally doesn’t add up.

If people truly have left the State without informing the authorities, as this DOJ spokesman suggests, then how does he know about it? How can he say that “many” of the 12,000 people under deportation orders have actually left the country, and aren’t just laying low in some rural village in Monaghan? By definition, the Department can’t know what it doesn’t know, so this statement is absolutely baseless. 

But it’s made even more absurd when you take into account the Department’s previously stated policy on such matters.

At a Joint Committee meeting on the 11th of July 2018, Michael Kirrane, Director General of INIS (the Irish immigration service), admitted on camera that when a deportation order is issued to someone, the obligation is on the person to remove themselves from the State, adding that “we can’t be precise about how many actually do [leave] because we don’t have exit checks.”


So the assertion that most or many of the 12,000 deportation orders have already enforced themselves is absolutely unfounded and essentially made up. It’s an assumption at best, and deception to cover up incompetence at worst.

The Department has no idea, by their own admission, if 100% of the 12,000 have deported themselves, or 0%, or anywhere in between. Your guess is as good as theirs.And of course, as covered on Gript previously, we have good reason to believe that many people do not deport themselves when asked, and that the State is not particularly worried about finding them when they don’t.

For example, at the start of the year, serial sex offender Chico Makamda was sentenced to 7 and a half years in prison by Judge Melanie Greally, with the final 2 and a half years suspended on the condition that he leave the country voluntarily within 14 days of his release – i.e. January 27th.

However, on the 4th of April, yours truly photographed Makamda in Dublin, still wandering freely around the country two months after he was supposed to self-deport.


Makamda, who is supposedly from Angola, had 15 prior convictions, and is guilty of physically assaulting multiple women, sexual assault, false imprisonment, exposing himself to teenage girls, masturbating in public, robbery and more. Since remaining in the country for several months, he even accrued several new convictions. Yet apparently I – a random citizen – was able to find him before the authorities could. And he was only arrested and finally jailed again on June 28th – two months after Gript’s initial report.

I don’t say this to pat ourselves on the back and say “Look how great we are for finding him,” mind you – quite the opposite. Finding Makamda was not hard. It involved staking out a bookies on Moore Street for a few hours over a couple of days, where I heard he frequented based on Twitter rumours and the hashtag #ChicoWatch. As much as I’d like to say I pursued him using guile and cunning like Batman or Sherlock Holmes, it was a fairly trivial matter. Anyone could have done it. 

Anyone, that is, except for the Irish justice system, police and immigration service apparently – i.e. the people with enormous resources at their disposal, whose job it is to track people like this down. And yet it took them a whole two months after Gript found him for the authorities to nab him finally again. It’s a pisstake.


But perhaps the most galling statement of all, which is oily enough to make a spice bag blush, was the Department’s statement that “those who do not have a legal right to remain here must return to their own country”, per the Times:

“Deportation and removal processes are “an essential part of any immigration system”, he said. “It must be acknowledged that those who do not have a legal right to remain here must return to their own country following fair procedures and having gone through all available avenues for appeal.”


This sounds like tough talk from the same Justice Department which just offered amnesty to tens of thousands of illegal immigrants – euphemistically referred to as “the undocumented.” Sort of like how a drug dealer is an “undocumented chemist.”

The same department which couldn’t wait to flout Irish immigration policies, encourage law-breaking and reward bad behaviour now suddenly wants to lecture us all about “those who don’t have a legal right to remain here.” Give me a large and substantial break.

At the start of this year we covered how there was a huge drop in criminal deportations for “serious criminal convictions” since Justice Minister Helen McEntee took office.


McEntee previously called this policy of low deportation numbers a “pragmatic and compassionate approach.”


So one has to wonder if the reason so few people are actively deported, and the department doesn’t know how many self-deport, is because they don’t want to know? Is it the case that the open-borders radicals working in the Irish Justice System, up to and including the Minister herself, are actually fine with our laws being treated like an absolute joke?

These statements made by the department smack of a group of individuals who know what a hames they’ve made of the situation, and are trying to put the best possible spin on it to conceal their own gross incompetence. A conversation about the direction this country is going as regards law and order, and an admission that many of these officials are simply not fit for office, cannot come soon enough.

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