No, ICE’s Mississippi Raids Are Not an Outrage

H/T Town Hall.

Raids like this from ICE is long overdue.

Earlier this week, ICE conducted a sweep of illegal immigrants in Mississippi, arresting nearly 700 individuals.  This development has been covered as a tragicoutrageousanguish-causing, “secretive” affront by many in the press — with images of tearful children, who were temporarily separated from their parents, driving much of the coverage.  This appeal to emotion sidesteps any serious discussion of whether the “textbook” raid was appropriate or not.  Some thoughts:

(1) I believe that interior immigration enforcement should (and generally does) prioritize detaining and removing illegal immigrants who have also committed violent crimes, and those who have been deported previously.  I also believe that ICE and CPB should (and generally do) attempt to execute their duties with an eye toward compassion and humanity, particularly when children are affected.  Nobody likes seeing frightened kids crying.  That being said, enforcing the law against people whose “only” crime involves breaking our immigration statutes is not out-of-bounds.  Adults who knowingly violate US sovereignty do not get a free pass to live and work openly in America, entirely without fear of deportation.  The federal government must — at least occasionally — signal that yes, they will enforce the laws on the books.  This includes enforcement against people who are “merely” living and working illegally in the United States.  To cease this type of enforcement altogether would be irresponsible, and would serve as yet another incentive for increased illegal immigration (in addition to radical Democratic proposals).  This, in turn, would encourage more people to put themselves, and often children, at risk in order to make the extremely treacherous journey to America.  How is that humane?

(2) Many of the weeping kids featured on the news in recent days have already been reunited with their parents and primary caretakers:

About 270 were released after being taken to a military hangar where they had been brought, and 30 were released at the plants, Cox said. He did not give a reason except to say that those released at the plants were let go due to “humanitarian factors.” Those released included 18 juveniles, with the youngest being 14 years old, said Jere Miles, special agent in charge of ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations unit in New Orleans. Workers were assessed before they were released, including for whether they had any young children at home…Before the raid, ICE officials indicated many people would be released with a notice to appear in court because they had never before been through deportation proceedings. Those people were not held, but probably won’t be able to resume their old jobs because the federal government alleges they are here illegally. ICE officials said others would be released if they were pregnant, had small children at home, or had serious health problems.

I also feel compelled to note that when American citizens are arrested by authorities for doing things that are against the law, they are separated from their children — many of whom, presumably, become sad and scared.  These minors are not brought along to the police station for booking, nor do they accompany their parents to jail.  These points are not intended as snark.  Minimizing the suffering of children is a worthy goal, and difficult situations should be handled delicately, to the greatest extent possible.  But sometimes the choices made by adults — whether citizens or illegal immigrants — impact their children.

(3) The company whose plant was raided claims that management believed the plant was in compliance with federal laws: “The company said it vets the employees through the federal government database E-Verify. The company also relies on temporary workers that come through a third-party service tasked with checking employee eligibility.” If they are lying about this, they should suffer consequences. If the third-party service mentioned in that statement is failing or acting in a corrupt manner, it should be held responsible. And if the illegal immigrants obtained false documents in order to secure work under false pretenses, that is another crime they’ve committed.

(4) The Obama administration deported illegal immigrants at a faster rate than the Trump administration, to date.  Those deportations surely caused numerous scenarios in which sobbing children were separated from their parents.  Were those tear-streaked faces plastered across the media, amid intense and sympathetic coverage?  They were not, at least not to the extent that we’ve witnessed here.  Not even close.  Why is that the case?  We all know why.  The press has richly earned its abysmal reputation on trustworthiness and fairness.

(5) I’ve seen some critics suggesting that it’s ‘bad optics’ or ‘cruel’ for ICE to carry out its duties in an immigrant community so soon after the El Paso attack.  This is a complete non-sequitur.  Federal agents should do their jobs and enforce the law independent from news cycles or social media trends.  I’ll also remind these same critics that we are just a few weeks removed from an attempted terrorist attack against an ICE facility, carried out by someone whose demented manifesto employed language that echoed the irresponsible rhetoricof certain politicians in this country.  ICE must not be cowed or intimidated by such acts of violence.  Finally, somewhat relatedly, there’s this awful story:

Robby Starbuck

@robbystarbuck

An illegal immigrant, Miguel Ramirez Valiente, killed a father of five driving recklessly. He previously pled guilty to reckless endangerment of a child & DUI but escaped deportation claiming sanctuary at a church while media gave him sympathetic coverage.https://www.thedenverchannel.com/news/local-news/suspect-in-crash-that-killed-father-of-five-was-facing-deportation-driving-without-license 

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Suspect in crash that killed father of 5 was facing deportation

Last Friday, Sean Buchanan, a father of five, was riding his motorcycle on Highway 83 when Colorado State Patrol troopers said another driver swerved into his lane and killed him.

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Miguel Ramirez Valiente received national media attention in January while seeking sanctuary at a Colorado Springs Church. He was pleading to avoid deportation to El Salvador to stay with his family. “I can’t be separated from them,” he said. “I have always worked hard to support my family, and they depend on me.” But those who know Ramirez said his arrest history tells a different story, and they want the Buchanan family to know it. “This family deserves to know who they’re dealing with,” said a close acquaintance of Ramirez Valiente. “He’s an alcoholic and an abuser.”

His arrest record shows charges for reckless endangerment in 2011 in Douglas County and domestic violence in 2016 in El Paso County, but CBI records show both cases were dismissed by the District Attorneys Offices. In 2018, he plead guilty to a 2017 charge of driving under the influence and his license was revoked, according to court records and Colorado State Patrol. On Aug. 1, one day before the deadly crash, his probation for that DUI was extended because he had not completed alcohol therapy and community service. He was driving without a license when troopers said he over-corrected and swerved into Buchanan’s lane on Aug. 2.

Read this CNN story from January about Valiente’s supposed plight, which dutifully painted him as a victim, and hit the Trump administration on several fronts, including over the government shutdown.  Other progressive outlets followed suit.  Even at the time, Valiente had a rap sheet, which seemed to be brushed aside in pursuit of the larger Narrative.  Now his list of crimes is longer, and Sean Buchanan, a father of five, is dead.  It’s important to stipulate that the overwhelming majority of immigrants, including illegal immigrants, are not threats to the safety of Americans.  Legal immigrants enhance the vibrancy and productivity of America’s culture and economy, and most illegal immigrants simply want a better life for themselves and their families.  This does not excuse lawbreaking, but it should tamp down needless fear-mongering.

Nevertheless, when illegal immigrants inflict devastating harm on American citizens, it is an outrage.  Will thisfather’s wailing children attract huge national coverage on the news?  Or will our moral betters in the press deem it unseemly, or unhelpful, to highlight thatparticular form of heartbreak?  The man who allegedly killed their father should not have been in this country.  Activists and the media agitated against his timely deportation, in accordance with our laws, as mean-spirited and abusive.  He managed to stay.  And now police say he’s killed someone.  Will the journalists who championed Valiente’s story earlier this year have anything to say about this?  Or was his ordeal only fleetingly useful as an emotionalist illustration in support of an overriding agenda — to be casually or quietly discarded as needed?

 

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DHS Panel Calls for Urgent Action to Address the Border Crisis

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

Everybody except the Dumbass DemocRats can see we have a crisis at our border.

‘This challenge requires emergency action,’ experts say

Border Patrol Union President: Proposal To Release Illegal Aliens In Release Illegal Aliens‘Brilliant’ & Legal

H/T Godfather Politics.

I hope President Trump follows through with this plan.

 

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd said today that it is “absolutely legal” for the federal government to transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities.

“It’s absolutely legal. But I’m going to get beaten up by the hard left for this comment. But this is actually a brilliant move on the president’s part.”

Watch below:

 

Daily Caller:

National Border Patrol Council President Brandon Judd claimed Sunday that it is “absolutely legal” for the federal government to transport illegal immigrants to sanctuary cities. 

Judd argued during a “Fox & Friends” segment that President Donald Trump’s proposed plan to do just that was “brilliant” and should have been cheered by people on both sides.

“It’s absolutely legal,” Judd explained. “But I’m going to get beaten up by the hard left for this comment. But this is actually a brilliant move on the president’s part.”

Judd went on to detail the “two layers” he saw at work in the proposed plan. More

I really thought sanctuary cities would be ecstatic to have illegals in their towns. I hope Trump dumps the 100K per month illegals into sanctuary cities and finds a way to keep them there.

The Democrat goal is not to collect all of the illegal invaders in their town to care for. Their goal is to flood red states with them and to take over America.

Eric Moore@EricMoo91919605

Let’s check Wanderu for Greyhound, Boltbus, or Megabus, they’re waiting to book a ticket and the illegals can experience an adventure in comfort. Plus they can compare prices to find the sanctuary city with the most free benefits and don’t forget Amtrak! https://dailycaller.com/2019/04/14/border-patrol-legal-drop-illegals-sanctuary-cities/ 

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frank romano@frankro61647629

I find it completely hypocritical why all of a sudden the leftists are now attempting to turn away the illegal aliens that they so much loved last week. Perhaps the thought of actually living with them has changed their mind https://dailycaller.com/2019/04/14/border-patrol-legal-drop-illegals-sanctuary-cities/  via @dailycaller

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Mark Oster, Patriot ⚽ 🦅@SoCalMarkO

San Francisco
Los Angeles
Malibu
San Jose
Long Beach
Downey
San Bernardino
————– All cities STRAPPED for cash already
I LOVE IT

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TweethBeTold@MileWilde

This needs to happen. The liberals invited them. Seems appropriate for them to be their host.

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Jamie@jamiecoleman57

President Obama sent buses to Pennsylvania and Maine. It was ok then cause I’m sure he checked. It’s the best idea yet. Who better to take them?

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marccarpenter@marccarpenter3

I’ve heard people say it’s illegal, but I’ve seen no law quoted that shows that to be true.
They have to be placed SOMEWHERE, and Obama proposed the same idea, dropping illegals in Georgia because Sen Sessions opposed his immigration plans.
Funny how no one cared when he did it.

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Hypocrite Cher is All For Illegals… But Not In HER Neighborhood

H/T Godfather Politics.

This is so typical of those in the looney liberal world “Do as I say to do but not in my backyard.”

Pop singer Cher has been a nutty leftist for years claiming that America MUST let illegals come here at will. But after Trump said he might ship all illegals to sanctuary cities, suddenly Cher was outraged by the idea that millions of illegals could end up in HER town.

Cher — who, let’s face it, really does not have a single classic song that stands the test of time in her entire 50-year career — was very upset after President Trump tweeted that he thought it was a great idea to send millions of illegals to those liberal parts of the country that have declared themselves “sanctuaries” for lawbreaking illegals.

If you can decipher her barely literate writing style, on April 14 Cher wrote the following:

I Understand Helping struggling Immigrants,but MY CITY (Los Angeles) ISNT TAKING CARE OF ITS OWN.WHAT ABOUT THE 50,000+🇺🇸Citizens WHO LIVE ON THE STREETS.PPL WHO LIVE BELOW POVERTY LINE,& HUNGRY? If My State Can’t Take Care of Its Own(Many Are VETS)How Can it Take Care Of More

Cher

@cher

I Understand Helping struggling Immigrants,but MY CITY (Los Angeles) ISNT TAKING CARE OF ITS OWN.WHAT ABOUT THE 50,000+🇺🇸Citizens WHO LIVE ON THE STREETS.PPL WHO LIVE BELOW POVERTY LINE,& HUNGRY? If My State Can’t Take Care of Its Own(Many Are VETS)How Can it Take Care Of More

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Cher added:

There must be a process.Ppl who are looking 4 asylum,& Qualify,must be given access 2 judges,&properly interviewed. Then They can be sent”EVENLY” 2cities🇺🇸.Not Just THOUSANDS Bussed 2Calif,NY,Etc 4 revenge. These are ppl.WE ARE SANCTUARY CITIES BECAUSE WE DONT THROW PPL 2 DOGS

Cher

@cher

There must be a process.Ppl who are looking 4 asylum,& Qualify,must be given access 2 judges,&properly interviewed. Then They can be sent”EVENLY” 2cities🇺🇸.Not Just THOUSANDS Bussed 2Calif,NY,Etc 4 revenge. These are ppl.WE ARE SANCTUARY CITIES BECAUSE WE DONT THROW PPL 2 DOGS

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This is the same woman who attacked everyone who wanted to limit the number of immigrants and said they are racists.

This is also the same woman who claimed that she would take illegal immigrants into her own home:

“Those Who Can Must Take a DREAMER In2 Their Home & Protect Them‼️I’m Ready 2 Do This & 🙏🏻Others in MY BUSINESS WILL DO THE SAME‼️SANCTUARY”

Cher

@cher

Those Who Can Must Take a DREAMER In2 Their Home & Protect Them‼️I’m Ready 2 Do This & 🙏🏻Others in MY BUSINESS WILL DO THE SAME‼️SANCTUARY

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Naturally, she didn’t ever actually take any illegals into her home.

In any case, many conservatives gleefully jumped to Twitter to joke about how Cher had seen the light and come to realize that the nation can’t take millions of illegals.

Michael Knowles

@michaeljknowles

I’ll never forget where I was and what I was doing the moment @Cher became a Republican.

Cher

@cher

I Understand Helping struggling Immigrants,but MY CITY (Los Angeles) ISNT TAKING CARE OF ITS OWN.WHAT ABOUT THE 50,000+🇺🇸Citizens WHO LIVE ON THE STREETS.PPL WHO LIVE BELOW POVERTY LINE,& HUNGRY? If My State Can’t Take Care of Its Own(Many Are VETS)How Can it Take Care Of More

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Nick Short

@PoliticalShort

Your city is run by Democrats who don’t believe in Americans First. See your @MayorOfLA for example. He helped set up a $10M fund to provide assistance to illegal immigrants facing deportation. Did he set up a $10M fund for homeless Americans/Veterans too? https://www.lamayor.org/mayor-garcetti-announces-legal-fund-fight-immigrant-rights 

Cher

@cher

I Understand Helping struggling Immigrants,but MY CITY (Los Angeles) ISNT TAKING CARE OF ITS OWN.WHAT ABOUT THE 50,000+🇺🇸Citizens WHO LIVE ON THE STREETS.PPL WHO LIVE BELOW POVERTY LINE,& HUNGRY? If My State Can’t Take Care of Its Own(Many Are VETS)How Can it Take Care Of More

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Kurt Schlichter

@KurtSchlichter

Wait wait wait I thought illegals are good for the community.

Cher

@cher

I Understand Helping struggling Immigrants,but MY CITY (Los Angeles) ISNT TAKING CARE OF ITS OWN.WHAT ABOUT THE 50,000+🇺🇸Citizens WHO LIVE ON THE STREETS.PPL WHO LIVE BELOW POVERTY LINE,& HUNGRY? If My State Can’t Take Care of Its Own(Many Are VETS)How Can it Take Care Of More

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Scott Adams

@ScottAdamsSays

There might be a cure for TDS after all.

Cher

@cher

I Understand Helping struggling Immigrants,but MY CITY (Los Angeles) ISNT TAKING CARE OF ITS OWN.WHAT ABOUT THE 50,000+🇺🇸Citizens WHO LIVE ON THE STREETS.PPL WHO LIVE BELOW POVERTY LINE,& HUNGRY? If My State Can’t Take Care of Its Own(Many Are VETS)How Can it Take Care Of More

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Trump: We’re Giving ‘Strong Considerations’ to Placing Illegal Immigrants In Sanctuary Cities

H/T The Washington Free Beacon.

I think it is a real Damend good idea.

President Donald Trump tweeted Friday that his administration was giving “strong considerations” to release detained illegal immigrants into sanctuary cities, saying such a maneuver would make liberals who support open borders “very happy.”

His announcement followed a Thursday Washington Post report that the White House had considered such a proposal, which included statements given to the Post by the White House and Department of Homeland Security that such an idea had been considered and quickly rejected.

“Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only,” Trump wrote. “The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy – so this should make them very happy!”

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only….

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Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

Due to the fact that Democrats are unwilling to change our very dangerous immigration laws, we are indeed, as reported, giving strong considerations to placing Illegal Immigrants in Sanctuary Cities only….

Donald J. Trump

@realDonaldTrump

….The Radical Left always seems to have an Open Borders, Open Arms policy – so this should make them very happy!

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The Post reported Trump’s White House had suggested moving detained illegal immigrants to the small- and mid-sized cities at least twice in the past six months, with Speaker Nancy Pelosi’s (D., Calif.) San Francisco congressional district among the possible locations. According to the report, acting Immigrations and Custom Enforcement (ICE) Director Matthew Albence opposed the idea when deputy director in November after senior Trump adviser Stephen Miller spoke to ICE about it.

Trump has been a strong critic of so-called “catch-and-release” laws; under the current system, detainees can go where they please after being processed and released but have to tell the government their address. With migrants crossing the border in increasing numbers, the U.S. asylum system is at risk of being overwhelmed.

“We have horrible, old-fashioned laws that are put in by the Democrats,” Trump said Friday at the White House. “We’re willing to change them. We could do it in 15 minutes, whether it’s catch-and-release or chain migration or any of them. The asylum laws are absolutely insane.”

Rep. Bennie Thompson (D., Miss.), the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, ripped Trump over his plan on Friday, according to The Hill.

“The fact that this idea was even considered—not once but twice—serves as a reminder that the Trump Administration’s reckless immigration agenda is not about keeping the country safe, but about partisan politics and wantonly inflicting cruelty,” he said in a statement.

Pelosi said such an idea was “disrespectful” and “unworthy of the presidency.”