what President Trump told Department of Homeland Security staff Wednesday after
he signed two executive orders on immigration enforcement.
fact that he had to say that – and that the assembled ICE agents, Border Patrol
officers, and others heartily applauded – tells you all you need to know about
how badly Obama gutted immigration enforcement and torpedoed employee morale.
two executive orders dealt with border and interior enforcement.
They are substantive and far-reaching, a change from the pabulum and
generalities we usually get from politicians. Some of the directives will have
immediate impact, while others will require congressional action and will take
time to bear fruit.
Border. The border enforcement order led off with the wall,
naturally, calling for "the immediate construction of a physical
wall." The definitions section allowed for some wiggle room, saying
"‘Wall' shall mean a contiguous, physical wall or other similarly secure,
contiguous, and impassable physical barrier."
the wall provisions get the press attention, more important might be the other
parts of the border directive. For instance, it directs that border
infiltrators be dealt with at the border, and not released into the
country with a summons to appear in court, often years in the future. The order
calls for the construction or contracting of more detention facilities, plus
the assignment of asylum officers and immigration judges on site. This
represents the termination of what the order itself calls "the practice commonly
known as ‘catch and release.'" (Border Patrol union chief Brandon Judd
testified last year that more than 80 percent of infiltrators apprehended by
the Border Patrol are released into the U.S.)
also calls for the "proper application" of the law governing the
treatment of unaccompanied children who have been trafficked into the U.S.
Obama's people used that law (the William Wilberforce Trafficking Victims
Protection Reauthorization Act of 2008) as a pretext to allow the de facto
permanent settlement of thousands of Central American minors who were neither
unaccompanied nor trafficked (and often not even minors). Rather than being
kidnapped or tricked by what we used to call white slavers seeking fresh meat
for the sex trade – the intended beneficiaries of the law – Obama extended its
protections to young people coming voluntarily, accompanied by smugglers who'd
been paid by their illegal-alien parents in the U.S. This has been one of the
main reasons for the surge in border infiltrations in south Texas.
Interior. The order on interior enforcement is also going to have
real impact. The part that got the most attention was the directive to cut off
funding to sanctuary cities – jurisdictions that take it upon themselves to
decide whether an illegal alien's crimes are serious enough to warrant
deportation, rather than leaving that judgment up to the federal immigration
authorities. (We have a map of them here.)
there's a lot more there, including restoration of the 287g program, which
deputizes local authorities to start the deportation paperwork; reinstituting
the successful Secure Communities program to identify immigration violators
when they're booked by local cops; and a cutoff of visas for countries that
refuse to take back their own citizens when we try to deport them.
seemingly minor goal of the executive order will have important consequences:
increasing transparency of information. There are to be regular reports on the
immigration status of inmates in prisons and jails and weekly reporting of
crimes committed by non-citizens, including those instances when sanctuary
cities released someone DHS wanted to deport. These statistics will represent
an ongoing source of political pressure on sanctuary cities and the
anti-borders crowd more generally. The order also specifies that DHS is to stop
the Obama-era practice of pretending that the federal Privacy Act applies to illegal
aliens, which it specifically does not.
the interior enforcement executive order includes a matter that genuinely seems
close to the president's heart – the families of people who were killed by
illegal aliens. It establishes an Office for Victims of Crimes Committed by
Removable Aliens, an important change in perspective for DHS. Up to now, DHS
has been told its customers are the aliens themselves, which is why Obama
created the position of ICE Public Advocate and USCIS Ombudsman, both of them
serving as advocates for foreigners trying to get or stay in the U.S. The new
victims' services office makes clear DHS's clientele is the American people,
resonance of the families' plight was clear when Trump concluded his comments
to DHS staff with an extended discussion of the victim families, some
half-dozen of whom were present and whom he recognized individually, naming
their lost relatives in turn. Referring to anti-borders folks who complain that
immigration enforcement splits families, he said "they don't talk about
American families forever separated from the ones they love." Regarding
their role in shining a light on our shamefully lax immigration system,
President Trump told them, "I want you to know that your children will not
have lost their lives for no reason."
big thing that was missing from the interior enforcement order was any
reference to worksite enforcement or E-Verify. Maybe they will be the subject
of future policy directives; the outlines of several more orders have already
been leaked, including one addressing visa-tracking and the arrival of people
from terror-ridden nations in the Middle East. Vox has drafts of
several more that seem legit, including one ending DACA (though why they didn't
just suspend processing on
Day One, before the order's legal details were fully nailed down, I don't
course, all this relates only to enforcing the law. Any reduction in legal
immigration – which is the most important objective from a jobs or welfare or
even security perspective – has to come from Congress. The good news is that
Sen. Tom Cotton is apparently working on a bill to do just that.
any case, Trump campaigned as an immigration hawk and seems determined to
actually govern that way. There will be plenty more tests of his commitment to
following through – defiant sanctuary cities, greedy employers, leftist lawfare
warriors, oleaginous lobbyists. But the new administration's immigration
kick-off is a resounding success.
Trump to target flood of refugees, criminal illegals in executive orders: President Trump on Wednesday is expected to shift to illegal immigration issues and target law-breaking criminal illegals and the wave of largely Muslim refugees flooding into the country. Also in focus will be so-called sanctuary cities. Trump criticized federally-funded cities such as San Francisco that block federal officials from seizing illegals in their jails and he has promised to deport some two million aliens convicted of crimes. Incoming Attorney General Jeff Sessions has called for an end to sanctuary cities and federal funding to those that block federal agents. White House officials gave sketchy details of the president's plans to reporters and key congressional lawmakers, but some have emerged. Reuters had a story about the focus on the Middle East and Washington Post reporter Robert Costa tweeted on the border and sanctuary cities.
Trump to target flood of refugees, criminal illegals in executive orders
President Trump on Wednesday is expected to shift to illegal immigration issues and target law-breaking criminal illegals and the wave of largely Muslim refugees flooding into the country.
Also in focus will be so-called "sanctuary cities." Trump criticized federally-funded cities such as San Francisco that block federal officials from seizing illegals in their jails and he has promised to deport some two million aliens convicted of crimes. Incoming Attorney General Jeff Sessions has called for an end to sanctuary cities and federal funding to those that block federal agents.
White House officials gave sketchy details of the president's plans to reporters and key congressional lawmakers, but some have emerged. Reuters had a story about the focus on the Middle East and Washington Post reporter Robert Costa tweeted on the border and sanctuary cities.
Other sources said that the president will focus on refugees from Muslim nations. Under former President Obama, some 18,000 Syrian refugees were let into the U.S., and their background checks by the United Nations has been questioned. Trump has pledged to put the brakes on the refugee influx from warring Muslim countries.
In a signal that Trump plans to make sanctuary cities and criminal illegals a key target, at least two "angel" families victimized by the aliens are planning to participate in the signing of anti-illegal immigration executive orders, sources told Secrets.
Among those traveling to Washington is Steve Ronnebeck, whose son Grant, 21, was killed while working at a convenience store in Mesa, Arizona. The killer was illegal Apolinar Altamirano, who had recently been let out of jail after a conviction for burglary and other crimes.
Another is Mary Ann Mendoza, who had written a letter to former President Obama who sought action and against illegal immigrants after her son was killed in a crash by a drunk illegal.
Jessica M. Vaughan, director of policy studies for the Center for Immigration Studies, said, "These actions are very good news, and will be welcomed with relief in communities all over the country. The Obama administration's tolerance of illegal immigration and unreasonable restrictions on enforcement had tragic results, and it's appropriate that one of President Trumps first acts is to undo some of these policies."
Her group has charted the damage criminal aliens and sanctuary cities have done to the country and said that Trump has the support of a majority of Americans.
"The interest groups that clamor for more immigration want all the public discussion to be about the illegal aliens who got work permits under DACA, but these actions targeting criminal aliens are more important for the well-being of our communities. This is one of the reasons people voted for Donald Trump – to return some sanity to our immigration system."
The debate around Donald Trump's wall has been shaped by liberal and media narratives that focus on illegal immigrants in the U.S. The left has painted a picture of compassion for these immigrants, making them the entirety of the story. Sanctuary cities have declared safe havens for illegal immigrants, without really distinguishing between the good and the bad among them. They have also spun numbers about temporarily declining immigration rates to diminish the significance of the problem. Liberals have labeled opponents of open borders hard-hearted racists. Immigration has become one of those narrative stories, filled with human suffering, compassion, and demonized enemies, that liberals love to love.
What liberals have ignored is the severe consequences of slack U.S. borders for Mexico. Mexican society and the Mexican economy have been severely distorted and held hostage for decades by criminal gangs that make their living smuggling drugs and migrants into the U.S. Their access to and control over the U.S. border are precisely what has brought them power and wealth, while unleashing a long-term scourge on Mexican society. These gangs murder, kidnap, and extort innocent Mexican citizens. They corrupt the Mexican police and military. They transport illegal migrants to the U.S. – extorting, exploiting, raping, and murdering them along the way. They transport drugs to the U.S., undermining our civil society and killing our citizens. They instill fear and violence across Mexican society, preventing it from achieving the stable, middle-class society that NAFTA promised. These truths are well documented in news reports, testimony from ranchers who own border land, and movies.
Where is liberals' compassion, in their self-absorption and attachment to their own narratives, for the honest citizens of Mexico who are victimized in their own country by the criminal gangs fostered and financed by open U.S. borders?
Liberals have a narrative about the tons of illegal drugs these gangs transport into the U.S., too. It goes something like this: we did drugs when we were young (Choomer Obama), and it didn't harm us. Look at us now: we're running things, and isn't the world a better place? Those deplorables dying of heroin overdoses in flyover country? The real problem is the War on Drugs. If only we legalized and taxed drugs, unfortunates could get drugs easily and wouldn't have to go into debt and commit crimes to finance their habits. With the taxes, we could finance more social programs. The people who can't control themselves? We can medicalize their addictions and give them unlimited health care.
Shutting down the U.S. border will reduce or eliminate the power and wealth of these criminal gangs and their stranglehold over Mexican society. Once they no longer have access to the U.S. border, they will no longer have access to the source of their wealth and power.
Trump's wall will eliminate the reign of terror under which Mexico's honest citizens have lived for a long time. The benefits that a wall will bring to Mexican civil society and to law and order should be reasons for liberals to support Trump's wall. These benefits are also why Mexico, once it has overcome the perceived affront to its dignity, will gladly pay.
Shutting down the U.S. border will also dramatically reduce the flow of illegal drugs into the U.S., with all their negative economic and social consequences.
I'm waiting for a liberal to argue against these benefits, but I haven't found one yet.
HERE IS THE MEXICO POURING OVER OUR OPEN AND UNDEFENDED BORDERS AND HAULING BACK BILLIONS FROM HEROIN SALES!
GRAPHIC IMAGES of America coming under Mex Occupation
The NARCOMEX drug cartels now operate in all major American cities and haul back to NARCOMEX between $40 top $60 BILLION from sales of HEROIN!
Mexicans abroad sent home nearly $2.4 billion in transfers in November, 24.7 percent higher than a year earlier, marking their fastest pace of expansion since March 2006, according to Mexican central bank data on Monday…
The Mexican Invasion & Occupation