Law and Order: Illegal Immigration Down and ICE Arrests Up
by Robert Carbery
The Trump administration seems to be winning the most on immigration. Despite some roadblocks on the travel ban, Trump has followed through on enforcing federal law so that we may bring order back to this land.
What broke yesterday was that the Trump administration is already appealing to the now full nine-member Supreme Court to let the travel ban take place. This will no doubt be a legal battle for the ages and one that needs to be hashed out. Trump’s order has law on his side, even if it makes liberals and others feel squeamish.
The Trump effect is already being seen in recent illegal immigration patterns in the U.S. Across the southwest border, illegal immigration is down more than 60% so far under President Trump, this before the border wall is even constructed or Trump’s other plans to boost border patrol agents takes effect. This is a huge win for the America First crowd as Trump is following through on his campaign promise to crack down on illegal immigration and prioritize American jobs over illegal aliens and their families.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is working hard on removing the most dangerous criminal aliens in recent days as opposed to sweeping into the suspected homes of illegal immigrant families or the schools where children may be undocumented.
186 illegal criminals were arrested from May 15-24 in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Delaware in a targeted enforcement operation by ICE. This was focused on criminals, fugitives, re-entrants, and other immigration violators. 58 of those arrested already had criminal convictions and 42 of them have pending criminal charges.
Sadly, ICE is still battling with sanctuary city jurisdictions where local law enforcement is forced to not cooperate with ICE when they have dangerous illegal aliens in their care.
“Some of these dangerous individuals had been released to the streets instead of being turned over to ICE on our detainers, which compromises the safety of the homeland that ICE officers strive to protect every day,” said Philadelphia’s Enforcement and Removal Operations Acting Field Office Director Jennifer Ritchey. “ICE will continue conducting operations to execute its mission and bring to justice those subjects who jeopardize the sanctity of our immigration laws and the safety of our citizens.” Law and order is coming to a town near you!
These are not individuals simply looking for a better life here in America. They are people who do not play by the rules. They are people we do not want in our cities near our children. One example of an arrest was a 46-year old convicted criminal from Ecuador with an order of removal from August 2007. Another was a 39-year old criminal alien from Jamaica with prior criminal convictions for assault and endangering the welfare of children. One more was a 34-year old convicted criminal from Guatemala who is a registered sex offender. Philadelphia, a noted sanctuary city, did not cooperate with ICE who had active detainers on these criminals, so many were out on the street all these years. That is, until the TrumpTrain came into town.
Again, ICE is not conducting indiscriminate sweeps or raids that target aliens within our borders. This operation, as all others so far since inauguration, have been focused on removing public safety threats from our country. These convicted criminal aliens are gang members or dangerous individuals that have violated our nation’s laws and many of which have come back and re-entered our country multiple times.
ICE has been busy bringing law and order back to the U.S. since the destructive days of Barack Hussein Obama.
ICE has arrested more than 400 individuals per day since Trump signed executive orders calling for federal immigration law to be enforced across the board. Between January 22nd and April 29th, ICE arrested 41,318 people on civil immigration charges, 75% of whom were convicted criminals. This number represents a 38% jump from the same time last year.
President Trump is not picking and choosing which laws to enforce. He is doing what the president is supposed to do — enforcing the laws on the books. This is not what President Obama did during his 8 years of skewering illegal immigration enforcement. Printz v. United States, 521 U.S. 898 (1997) made clear that the president executes federal law when it wrote, “The Constitution does not leave to speculation who is to administer the laws enacted by Congress: the President, it says, ‘shall take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.’” This is quite clear and Trump is following it regarding immigration. Some think he’s gone too far with the travel ban from some Muslim-majority countries, but look no further than Manchester, Paris or other refugee-ravished cities in Europe to see why it makes sense.
The ICE arrests and strong signals from the Trump administration are making clear to the rest of the world and to those who would illegally cross our borders that there is a new Sheriff in town. And he enforces the law. We are already seeing a huge drop in illegal immigration.
Do we even need the wall, at this rate?