The promise to rigorously enforce US immigration laws was oft-repeated by President Trump while campaigning during both the primary and general election cycles. Now, ICE and Homeland Security have begun delivering on that promise.
Yesterday, The Washington Post published an article sounding almost accusatory while attempting conventional journalism, although the facts are straightforward:
“U.S. immigration authorities arrested hundreds of undocumented immigrants in at least a half-dozen states this week in a series of raids that marked the first large-scale enforcement of President Trump’s Jan. 25 order to crack down on the estimated 11 million immigrants living here illegally.”
In yet another example of MSM journalism comparing the current administration to the recently departed former President Obama, The Post notes ICE is not following Mr. Obama’s enforcement policy:
“Officials said the raids targeted known criminals, but they also netted some immigrants without criminal records, an apparent departure from similar enforcement waves during the Obama administration. Last month, Trump substantially broadened the scope of who the Department of Homeland Security can target to include those with minor offenses or no convictions at all. A DHS official confirmed that while immigration agents were targeting criminals, given the broader range defined by Trump’s executive order, they also were sweeping up noncriminals in the vicinity who were found to be lacking documentation. It was unclear how many of the people detained would have been excluded under Obama’s policy.”
Noting the actions were nothing new or unusual, a Homeland Security spokeswoman explained:
“Gillian Christensen, a spokeswoman for the Department of Homeland Security, which oversees Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), said they were part of “routine” immigration enforcement actions.We’re talking about people who are threats to public safety or a threat to the integrity of the immigration system,” she said, noting that the majority of those detained were serious criminals, including some who were convicted of murder and domestic violence.”
Concern for the undocumented illegal is reaching frantic heights for both activist and Democratic politicians:
“Immigrant rights groups said that they were planning protests in response to the raids, including one Friday evening in Federal Plaza in New York City and a vigil in Los Angeles. “This is clearly the first wave of attacks under the Trump administration, and we know this isn’t going to be the only one,” Cristina Jimenez, executive director of United We Dream, an immigrant youth organization, said Friday during a conference call with immigration advocates.” “We cannot understate the level of panic and terror that is running through many immigrant communities,” said Walter Barrientos of Make the Road New York in New York City, who spoke on a conference call with immigration advocates.”
Democrats are not even being coy that this illicit group is as equally important as their US citizen voters:
“I’m getting lots of reports from my constituents about seeing ICE on the streets. Teachers in my district have contacted me — certain students didn’t come to school today because they’re afraid,” said Greg Casar, an Austin City Council member.”
Stating the obvious, the Post further reported the effect of President Trump’s commitment to keeping this promise:
“Hiba Ghalib, an immigration lawyer in Atlanta, said the ICE detentions were causing “mass confusion” in the immigrant community. She said she had heard reports of ICE agents going door-to-door in one largely Hispanic neighborhood, asking people to present their papers. People are panicking,” Ghalib said. “People are really, really scared.”
Without explaining exactly how a person in the US illegally can be lawful, a House Democrat nonetheless tried:
“Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-Tex.) said he confirmed with ICE’s San Antonio office that the agency “has launched a targeted operation in South and Central Texas as part of Operation Cross Check.””I am asking ICE to clarify whether these individuals are in fact dangerous, violent threats to our communities, and not people who are here peacefully raising families and contributing to our state,” Castro said in a statement Friday night” (Emphasis mine)
It is indeed amusing to see liberals panic each time the President keeps a promise. Whether it’s the pro-abortion faction, the teachers union, or today’s selection, the open borders group, President Trump seems to push them over the edge. Promises made-promise kept.