• Trump Deportations Begin — Open Border Types Keep Resisting

    Daily Surge Summary: Deportation of illegal immigrants in America under Donald Trump begins — and Leftists are doing their part to hobble the effort.

    Deportation, deportation! We hear the word batted around an awful lot nowadays, as the debate roars on about what to do with those living illegally in America.

    Well, reportedly, something is actually being done lately beyond just saying the word.

    Rachel Alexander over at The Stream writes President Trump launched his long-promised roundups of illegal immigrants this past weekend. Despite his pledge to deport millions, this first large-scale effort targeted a dramatically more modest number: around 2,100 in at least 10 major cities.

    The raids should deter others from illegally crossing the U.S.-Mexico border. Earlier administrations did the same thing. But the media and activists portray Trump’s raids as if they were unique and unprecedented. They picture Trump as a villain for doing what President Obama did as well.

    Donald Trump ran for president promising he’d be combating illegal immigration. Some will view this most recent development as indicator he’s keeping true to his word.

    ICE is currently eye-balling one million living illegally in the US and who already have deportation orders — out of an alleged total 10.5 million illegal immigrants. It’s unlikely authorities will be able to find all of them. They’ve been notified these raids were on the way, mind you; quite the hyped run-up to the initiative – which means they had plenty of time to change their address, hide, etc.

    The targeted illegal immigrants have been given due process in the immigration court system. They “received due process more than any other nation in the world would provide someone that came here illegally,” said Mark Morgan, acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection.

    Directed to appear in court for a hearing about removal, some of them never bothered to show up for that initial appearance. Follow-up letters were issued in February, granting them opportunity for an orderly removal. Only three percent made an appearance.

    The ACLU filed a preemptive lawsuit in federal court to halt the deportations. Their beef? Bureaucratic errors, the assert, may have imperiled these individuals’ due process rights.

    Meantime, activists have been busy instructing illegal immigrants how to resist when ICE arrives at their front stoops. Protests materialized all weekend. Some mayors said they will not cooperate with the agents. New Jersey’s attorney general instructed law enforcement not to cooperate with the raids.

    Likely well-intentioned but misguided faith leaders have also gotten involved trying to stop the roundup; for instance, The Resurrection Project in Chicago  and a Jewish advocacy group called Never Again Action. The latter admitted to plans to hold a protest to shut down Atlanta’s ICE office. In Miami, activists were setting up “safe sanctuary spaces in secret locations” to conceal immigrants.

    The New York Immigration Coalition has posted numerous flyers instructing illegal immigrants on how to deal with ICE. Some organizations have set up hotlines so people can report ICE activity.

    The illegal immigrants are trying to hide from the law. They refuse to admit they’ve broken the law by staying in the country after they’d gotten their deportation order. And many people help them avoid the consequences of breaking the law.

    There’s a word for this kind of behavior: lawlessness – and if it is permitted to reach critical mass? Along with the abetment of government officials? That’s a recipe for the collapse of a society, maybe a nation.

    One illegal immigrant bizarrely volunteered to CNN the fear of apprehension has become exhausting — so much so, she wishes to return to her native Nicaragua. This, understandably, prompts a question: Why not go then? I’m fairly confident the United States government would be happy to provide a lift back.

    Previous deportation operations under President Obama resulted in arrest rates of only 10% at best. Trump’s efforts may be partly thwarted by immigration lawyers filing motions to reopen the immigration cases of those arrested. Regardless, the raids are a good start and should serve as a deterrent to others thinking about breaking the law.

    Image: By U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Department of Homeland Security) – http://www.ice.gov/news/galleries/index.htm#tab_stories, Public Domain, https://commons.wikimedia.org/w/index.php?curid=20745424

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