The Immigration Enforcement Stories Ignored by the Media

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Sanctuary cities and the mainstream media are dedicating a significant amount of time and money to vilify immigration officials for doing their jobs – enforcing immigration law as it is currently written. They have also made it harder for local law enforcement officers to protect the public by preventing them from coordinating with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

For example, a Washington State Patrol officer was placed on administrative leave for notifying ICE that he encountered a previously deported felon. Media organizations have been looking for (or manufacturing) the saddest-sounding stories they can find, like a transgender woman who was trying to file a domestic violence claim at a Texas courthouse. However, what many media outlets covering this story gloss over or ignore, is the fact that the transgender alien was a criminal who had been deported from the country seven times, and has been previously charged with mail theft, false impersonation, domestic violence and probation violations.

Reporting on these cases would be understandable – even commendable — if outlets were willing to present the entire picture. However, they are only interested in strengthening an open borders agenda, not conducting honest journalism. So in order to help them out, the following is a non-comprehensive list of dangerous criminals – some of whom were released by sanctuary cities – captured by immigration officials and law enforcement during the second half of February. Thousands of similar arrests occur every year.

  • February 14: Border Patrol agents captured a 25 year old U.S. citizen charged with sexual assault of a minor as he tried to flee into Canada with his 13-year-old victim.
  • February 16: a self-admitted MS-13 gang member was released from custody in New York City, a sanctuary city, despite an ICE detainer being issued against him. ICE officials were able to track down and arrest him the same day. His previous charges ranged from reckless endangerment, disorderly conduct and criminal possession of a weapon.
  • February 16: agents at a Border Patrol checkpoint near Tuscon, Arizona, arrested a permanent resident alien smuggling three illegal aliens in the interior of the country. They also found a 9mm handgun and ammunition in the vehicle.
  • February 19: border agents arrested a criminal illegal alien near Yuma, Arizona, who had been previously removed as an aggravated felon, charged with indecent exposure and convicted of aggravated assault on a law enforcement officer.
  • February 20: an MS-13 gang member was arrested by Border Patrol agents near the border along with another man. Both had entered the country illegally.
  • February 21: Border Patrol agents arrested a man who was wanted for a 2007 murder in Wichita, Kansas, while he was trying to flee the country in El Paso, Texas.
  • February 22: immigration officials near Lake Charles, Louisiana, stopped a van that was carrying eight illegal aliens. One of the eight was a previously deported Honduran MS-13 member convicted of assault and battery with a dangerous weapon.
  • February 22: Border Patrol arrested an admitted Sureño gang member in the Calexico, California, area. It was later discovered the man served an eight-year prison sentence for felony assault, and was also previously convicted of grand theft auto.
  • February 23: CBP Air and Marine Operations (AMO) concluded weeklong efforts in the Jacksonville, Florida, area that prevented $75 million worth in cocaine from entering the United States.

As detailed in the preceding examples, the laudable work conducted by immigration officials is far different than what the media typically reports. It would require volumes to give due justice to the full extent of their commendable efforts in the first two months of 2017 alone. They’re involved in tasks ranging from apprehending dangerous criminal aliens, combatting drug and human trafficking, to stopping criminals from fleeing the country.

These stories are easy to find because they occur daily. However, these officials almost never receive significant media attention or the thanks they deserve for keeping Americans safe. According to ICE statistics, of the more than 65,000 illegal aliens removed from the interior of the country in FY 2016, the “vast majority were convicted criminals.” Censoring the heroism of American law enforcement officers is an intentional and crucial part of the open-border lobby’s efforts to advance its agenda using a false narrative. The mainstream media is eager to comply, further earning them the appropriate epithet “fake news.”

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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.

5 Comments

  1. avatar

    Victims of IA Serious Crimes

    Are considered minor collateral damage to be covered up [like Sweden] and “intentionally” media suppressed.

    They treat us citizens like meat to be butchered.

  2. avatar
    JAMES LEONARD PARK on

    Yes, the mass media will give close attention
    to all sympathetic cases of deportation.
    The way to correct this false impression
    is to deport more violent criminals
    who are also unauthorized foreign nationals.
    Instead of arresting fathers in front of schools
    or aliens asleep in their beds at home,
    the ICE Police could concentrate their pick-ups
    in the parking lots of local jails and state prisons.
    Each year half a million unauthorized foreign nationals
    are processed by our jails and prisons.
    It is beyond current capacity to deport all of these,
    so ICE will have to choose which suspects to take into custody.

    PICKING UP UNAUTHORIZED FOREIGN NATIONALS
    AT LOCAL JAILS AND STATE PRISONS

    All foreign nationals are understandably concerned
    about how new immigration enforcement will take place.
    False rumors have circulated
    about immigration vans waiting outside churches
    and ICE Police making traffic stops
    to check immigration papers.

    But the most likely answer
    to the WHERE question is the local lock-up.

    The county jail and the juvenile detention center
    are the best places to collect criminals
    who are also unauthorized foreign nationals.

    About half a million citizens of other countries
    who have no official permission to be in the USA
    pass thru these local jails each year.

    Instead of using sweeps of businesses or schools,
    which would collect lots of unauthorized foreign nationals
    who have no other criminal violations on record,
    the ICE police might make regular visits
    to each local jail or state prison
    that might have some criminals ready to be released
    who are also unauthorized visitors from other countries.

    All of the suspects were arrested by the local police
    without regard to their immigration status.
    They were taken into custody for probable cause
    —arrested for their criminal behavior.
    And when those arrested were identified for booking,
    some were THEN discovered to be unauthorized foreign nationals.
    This might easily happen when their fingerprints are taken
    and compared with the national database kept by the FBI.
    ICE should be IMMEDIATELY notified
    that a criminal suspect who is also a foreigner
    is being held in the local jail.

    This should allow the ICE Police
    to take custody of the prisoner
    whenever would be the best time
    in the normal legal process.
    Cooperating jails sometimes agree to keep the prisoner
    for up to an additional 48 hours
    —until the ICE van can make the pick-up.

    Under a little-noted requirement of the recent Kelly memos,
    the Director of ICE will now be making a weekly list
    of all unauthorized foreign nationals
    NOT turned over to ICE
    —who were released from jails into the general public.
    This public listing will probably embarrass
    local jails into better cooperation with ICE.
    These criminal aliens were ALREADY IN CUSTODY,
    but they were NOT turned over for deportation.
    PRISON practices will be reformed
    so that all foreign nationals will be properly identified.
    And if the suspects are in the USA without permission,
    they will be considered for deportation
    instead of prosecution in the USA
    and imprisonment in the local jail or state prison.

    This cooperation within jails
    will not affect any POLICE policies
    concerning immigration status.
    The local and state police
    should always carry out their duties
    of enforcing local and state laws
    without regard to the immigration status
    of anyone they meet.

    “Don’t ask, don’t tell”:
    The local police should NEVER ASK for immigration status.
    And persons interacting with the police should NEVER TELL
    anything about their citizenship.

  3. avatar

    Shame on most of the corrupt MSM for working against law enforcement working to protect the American people. I don’t know how people like this can live with themselves. Trump has been right to call them out for their dishonesty.