Fricken, ficus, fudge!
OK, so I have lily white skin and have not previously understood ICE policy or the long history of their role to break up families, arrest illegals, etc before it ever became a news bite. As a matter of fact, the step-brother who has not spoken to me in 18 years was customs in the drug interdiction unit. It was not specifically his job to deport people (although in the 7 years he served after being in the Army, I have no doubt he did his share). He grew his hair to ass, got multiple tattoos and a bad-ass bike to go undercover to stop drugs from crossing the border. The only other thing I know about it is that he got shot 7 times, the last time by his own agency, and got out due to the corruption.
On to today's news.
Stephen Miller, Senior Policy Advisor to the President on Meet the Press this morning:
If people don't like the immigration laws of the United States, they can reform them. Our emphasis is on deporting and removing criminal aliens who pose a threat to public safety. And I just want to say this. There's been a lot of coverage in the news about the effects of these enforcement actions on people who are here illegally. And that's an issue that people are free to discuss. But what's more important, and should be discussed more is the lives that being saved, Chuck. The American lives that being saved because we're taking enforcement action.Lil' Donald weighed in with this on Twitter:
Never mind ICE claims the raids were planned before the refuge ban (a little fact checking here). But Lil' Donald wants you to know that immigration crack down is "keeping campaign promise". Understand, President Obama was nicknamed Deporter in Chief. According to ABC news last fall:
Between 2009 and 2015 his administration has removed more than 2.5 million people through immigration orders, which doesn’t include the number of people who "self-deported" or were turned away and/or returned to their home country at the border by U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP).
President Obama directed U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to focus on criminals, not families, during his November 2014 executive action on immigration.
According to their website, "ICE has continued to increase its focus on identifying, arresting, and removing convicted criminals in prisons and jails, and also at-large arrests in the interior."
In fiscal year 2015, 91 percent of people removed from inside the U.S. were previously convicted of a crime.
The administration made the first priority "threats to national security, border security, and public safety." That includes gang members, convicted felons or charged with "aggravated felony" and anyone apprehended at the border trying to enter the country illegally.OK, I am not going to argue the damage we are doing to American families, depriving American children of their mother, or repeat the horrors a friend who lives in border town recounts of dead children on a soccer field following a round up, or any of the other horrific things ICE had done in the name of law.That's an argument of another day.
Here's what Obama had to say about who they wanted to target:
Felons, not families. Criminals, not children. Gang members, not a mom who’s working hard to provide for her kids. We’ll prioritize, just like law enforcement does every day," Obama said in November 2014 when announcing his executive action on immigration.Understand, these families who lost their mothers, fathers, sons and daughters have been caught up in a political game of smoke and mirrors. Presidents have always targeted illegal immigrants and have been sensitive to refugees. Lil' Donald has created a myth that he is standing up for the law when no one else has. It is nonsense. Mr Obama was a constitutional lawyer. As a matter of fact, Bill Clinton was lawyer and both men attempted to stand up for our constitution.
Lil' Donald wants power, and is using this issue to keep his base aflame. He even brought up the fact he is keeping his campaign promise. He knows that if he ever looses that fiery support from his rabid fan base, he's going up in flames.