Most major city governments and radical activist groups across the nation are planning massive protests this weekend to show their opposition to an upcoming law enforcement action by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.
Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot is bragging how her city is going to deny ICE access to police databases. This is significant because Donald Trump told reporters that ICE would primarily be targeting criminal illegal aliens. Without access to those records, ICE will be hampered in their perfectly legal enforcement of the law.
Trump gave an outline of how the enforcement action would proceed:
“We’re really looking for criminals as much as we can. Trying to find the criminal population, which has been coming into this country the last 10 years,” Trump told reporters as he prepared to depart Washington. He touted his administration’s removal of members of the violent gang MS-13, claiming he’d deported them “by the thousands.”
“So we are really specifically looking for bad players, but we are also looking for people who came into our country not through a process, they just walked over a line. They have to leave,” he said.
Democratic politicians like Lightfoot are trying to gin up outrage against ICE and panic illegals. Given the incendiary rhetoric of maniacs like Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, would you blame an illegal for thinking an ICE agent at the door might try to kill them?
If you’re mad that I think people SHOULD KNOW when Dems vote to expand ICE powers, then be mad.
ICE is a dangerous agency with 0 accountability, widespread reporting of rape, abuse of power, + children dying in DHS custody.
Having a D next to your name doesn’t make that right.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) March 2, 2019
Naturally “resisting” the enforcement of the law is now considered heroic instead of weaselly.
Community organizations are briefing residents across the area in churches, schools and other places about their legal rights and how to handle ICE encounters.
“Please remember that you are not alone, you have all of us, a community of allies and networks that are here to support you,” said Evelyn Venegas Cuzco of the Illinois Coalition for Immigrant and Refugee Rights. “Please don’t forget that you are not alone.”
Local immigration rights groups said they have received credible information that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement raids will in fact go down early Sunday morning.
LULAC National Immigration Committee along with the Lake County Immigrant Advocacy said they are opening a command center with on-site support in Waukegan to help family members impacted by the ICE raids in any way they can.
“The children! The children! Omigod the children!” So any criminal illegal with children should not be deported?
The most recent publicly available information provided by the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) on the criminal alien population (the government’s official terminology) dates back to a 2012 report to Congress. Based on it, we estimated in a 2015 report that 820,000 of the approximately 11 million people living in the country illegally had criminal convictions. Of these, we estimated 300,000 had a felony conviction and 390,000 were serious misdemeanants (meaning they had been convicted of a misdemeanor in which they were sentenced to actual custody of 90 days or more).
These 820,000 unauthorized immigrants are a subset of the 1.9 million noncitizens identified by DHS as removable criminal aliens, in other words noncitizens identified for deportation from the United States based on a criminal conviction. While this fact appears little known, a very substantial portion of these 1.9 million noncitizens are people lawfully present in the United States—either legal permanent residents (also known as green-card holders) or noncitizens on temporary visas—who have become deportable as the result of a disqualifying crime.
That’s 820,000 criminal aliens that ICE and the U.S. government have a perfect right to round up and deport at any time. That should keep ICE busy for several years.
It makes no difference to me if illegal aliens are more or less likely to be lawbreakers. The 800,000+ illegals who have been convicted for a crime after a fair trial in a U.S. court of law deserve to be found and deported. Whether they have children or not is irrelevant.
What these mayors and activists are saying is that they have become a law unto themselves and can pick and choose which laws they will countenance in their jurisdictions and which they will ignore.
Next time there’s a natural disaster or civil unrest in Chicago, maybe Trump could apply similar logic to whether he should deploy the National Guard or send emergency supplies to the city?