Criminals Deported, Open Borders Lobby Outraged

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American voters widely agree that criminal illegal aliens should be removed from the country. Even former Democratic presidential nominee Hillary Clinton acknowledged this consensus and advocated deporting criminal aliens during her failed 2016 campaign. “My priorities are [to]deport criminals — violent criminals — as fast as we can,” she said. “[We should] deport anybody that we think even has a possible link to terrorism.”

However, that line of thinking is considered too extreme now that Donald Trump is president. Lawmakers like Representative Lou Correa (D-CA) claim that recent efforts to detain immigration violators have “caused fear and uncertainty for many constituents,” and wants to know what the “agency’s priorities for removal” are. Protests have broken out across the nation from Texas to Wisconsin deriding what the media is condemning as immigration “raids” sanctioned by President Trump.

The so-called “raids” have focused primarily on illegal aliens with previous criminal convictions. Of the arrests made during the increased efforts, 75 percent have been of aliens with felony convictions. This isn’t stopping open border proponents from searching through the arrests for poster-cases to vilify the efforts, focusing on stories like the apprehension of a 35-year-old mother who used a fraudulent Social Security number after entering the United States illegally – a felony conviction.

Despite the unprecedented outrage over immigration officials doing their jobs, operations like this occurred during the Obama administration as well. In fact, the current series of arrests were organized before president Trump took office. According to David Marin, a Los Angeles field office director for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the raids are business as usual. “This operation was in the planning stages before the current administration issued its executive order,” he said. “We do these operations two to three times a year. This is on par with past operations.” So those calling for heads to roll should be directing their frustrations at former president Barack Obama.

Nevertheless, organizations like the ACLU are responding by creating guidelines on how illegal aliens can skirt law enforcement and avoid arrest. Under current law, ICE can inquire about a person’s immigration status without a warrant if the situation makes obtaining a warrant impractical. However, this doesn’t allow officials to enter the residence of a suspected illegal alien without a judicially-issued arrest warrant, so the ACLU is telling illegal aliens to not answer the door if they suspect it’s ICE. Furthermore, they suggest immigration officials are dangerous by saying “it is safer to speak to ICE through the door.”

The about-face on prioritizing criminal deportations shows that many lawmakers were never serious about immigration enforcement at all, but simply say whatever is required at the time to get elected. This shouldn’t surprise anyone considering many of them continued defending “sanctuary city” policies for criminal aliens even after American citizens lost their lives.

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Spencer joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 2015. He conducts research, and writes content for FAIR’s publications and website. He brings previous experience in state politics, gubernatorial and district campaigns, and D.C. political non-profits. Spencer holds a B.A. in Government from the University of Texas at Austin.

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    I have no problem with them deporting criminals but it seems that they are starting to deport people who are not criminals. Nearly all the crops in this country are currently being picked by illegals and without them crops will rot in the fields and farmers may go bankrupt not to mention that produce may be harder to find and more expensive. This issue needs to be addressed. We do not need to be putting American farmers out of business and have the country reliant on produce from other countries.

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      “I have no problem with them deporting criminals”…Diane..that means ANYONE who is living here illegally..PERIOD! And the crops rotting in the fields..come out here to a farming state and see what’s what!! VERY FEW crops are dependent on the illegals & the way to get around that problem Diane, do you remember (or are you old enough to remember) the “chain gangs”? There are so many prisons that are full!! So we put their *** out there to work, I’m tired of my tax money going to feed & cloth them while they lay around on their *** doing nothing!! And no Diane..they don’t put violent criminals out on the “chain gangs”, only the one’s who are of very lesser crimes! And I know (maybe not from you..but someone will) cry that it’s “cruel & unusual” punishment!! But then again..why are they in prison?

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        About 50 percent of farm labor are American citizens, they were legalized under Reagan. The Republicans are also reforming the guest worker program which means that they the farmers can get guest workers now on short notice.So, no need for illegal immigrants.

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      Diane, Deport all the illegal aliens who work the fields. Let them line up on the Mexican side of the border and they will be given temporary work permits during the harvest. The farmer who wants this cheap labor will be required to provide housing and be responsible for transporting his seasonable cheap labor back across the border at the end of harvesting.
      In the 50’s Mexican farm workers were all temporary and lived in housing on farm properties.

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    Those responsible for releasing criminal ILLEGALS should be handcuffed to them and held responsible for any and all crimes they have committed!

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    If the illegal aliens are so afraid of being deported, why don’t the apply and become a citizen. I don’t think Americans are against legal imigrants.

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    They also claim to be shocked that Trump may deport those without criminal convictions, as if that was something he never said before. Where were they during the campaign when he said he would do that. Just because he said that criminals would be a “priority” does not mean he ruled out others getting deported. What makes them think one excludes the other. Hello?

    That woman who committed the “victimless” crime of stealing someone else’s SS number likely created problems for the person whose number they took. Lots of people have had problems getting loans and credit because their number is being used by someone else.

    And we will be treated to the usual Hollywood whine fest with the Oscars. People who have houses across the globe, fly in private planes, drop a thousand dollars for dinner at the latest trendy restaurant, and they look down their noses at the people who have lost jobs to globalization and illegals and seen formerly nice middle class neighborhoods turned into war zones.

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      What everyone seems to forget is..that being here illegally is a FEDERAL CRIME..PERIOD!! And if they wanted to live in this country legally (and not have to worry about it) they should have gone & “GET LEGAL” when nobody gave a “spit” about illegal’s being here!! And they need to get rid of the ANCHOR BABY crap too!! But I agree with you Leland..TOTALLY!!

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        YES. NOW, ITS GOING TO TAKE YEARS TO REMOVE JUST THE CRIMINALS ETC. WHAT EVERYONE FORGETS THAT THERE IS SOMEONE TO REPLACE THE ONES THAT ICE DEPORTS! IT’S NEVER ENDING!
        ANCHOR BABIES AND ANY ILLEGAL UNDER THE AGE OF 18 IS A VERY SERIOUS PROBLEM BECAUSE ONCE THEY REACH 18, THEY CAN BRING IN ALL THEIR RELATIVES!
        NO, THEY DON’T WANT TO BE CITIZENS, THEY WANT MONEY AND ALL THE FREE STUFF THEY CAN GET THEIR HANDS ON
        THE ONLY SOLUTION IS TO FIND A NUMBER OF METHODS SO THEY SELF DEPORT:
        1. FORCE MEXICO TO CLOSE DOWN ALL THEIR U.S. CONSULATES
        2. TAX MONEY “SENT HOME” AT 100%
        3. REMOVE ALL FINANCIAL HELP
        4. END DRIVERS LICENSES
        5. REQUIRE ALL EMPLOYERS TO USE E-VERIFY FOR ALL CURRENT AND NEW HIRES

        THE KEY IS TO CREATE AN ENVIRONMENT SO TOXIC, ALL ILLEGAL ALIENS AND THEIR ANCHORS WILL SELF DEPORT.
        REALLY, ANYTHING ELSE IS A WASTE OF MONEY AND TIME.

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    Atheisticallyyours on

    The faster these criminal illegal aliens are DEPORTED, the FASTER the problem is solved! Let them be removed in ALL CASES as FAST AS IS POSSIBLE!