Cue The Outrage! The Administration Plans To Enforce Existing Laws!

While the Prestidigitator-In-Chief was holding an hour and seventeen minute press conference that has the media hypnotized, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) released a Memorandum entitled

Enforcement of the Immigration Laws to Serve the National Interest

It’s a fascinating document which lays out how the agencies are to deal with illegal aliens. Yes, I know it’s not PC to call them that, because people can’t be illegal, only acts can be illegal. But they are no more “undocumented immigrants” than a criminal squatter is an “undocumented leaseholder”. In addition, “illegal aliens” is what the Memorandum calls them, and I refuse to call them by Obama’s preferred term, “undocumented Democrats”.

So … what great changes are in store for illegal aliens? Well … as President Trump promised on the campaign trail, the news is that for a change the US is going to enforce existing law.

Now of course, the first step in that is to get rid of all the changes that Obama made to the enforcement of the laws. Or as the memorandum opens by saying (emphasis mine):

With the exception of the June 15, 2012, memorandum entitled “Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion With Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children.”‘ and the November 20. 2014 memorandum entitled “Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children and with Respect to Certain Individuals Who Are the Parents of U.S. Citizens or Permanent Residents: all existing conflicting directives. memoranda. or field guidance regarding the enforcement of our immigration laws and priorities tor removal arc hereby immediately rescinded: including, but not limited to, the November 20, 2014. memoranda entitled “Policies lor the Apprehension, Detention and Removal of Undocumented Immigrants” and “Secure Communities”

So that gets rid of the old with the exception of DACA, the “Dreamers Act”.

Then to remind DHS employees of what the law says, the Memorandum goes on to discuss the enforcement priorities (again, emphasis mine):

The Department’s Enforcement Priorities

Congress has defined the Department”s role and responsibilities regarding the enforcement of the immigration laws of the United States. Effective immediately. and consistent with Article II. Section 3 of the United States Constitution and Section 3331 of Title 5, United States Code, Department personnel shall faithfully execute the immigration laws of the United States against all removable aliens.

The Department no longer will exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement. In faithfully executing the immigration laws, Department personnel should take enforcement actions in accordance with applicable law. In order to achieve this goal, as noted below, I have directed ICE [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] to hire 10,000 officers and agents expeditiously. and to take enforcement actions consistent with available resources.

However. in order to maximize the benefit to public safety. to stem unlawful migration and to prevent fraud and misrepresentation, Department personnel should prioritize for removal those aliens described by Congress in Sections 212(a)(2), (a)(3). and (a)(6)(C). 235(b) and (c). and 237(a)(2) and (4) of the Immigration and Nationality Act (INA). Additionally. regardless of the basis of removability, Department personnel should prioritize removable aliens who:

(1) have been convicted of any criminal offense:
(2) have been charged with any criminal offense that has not been resolved;
(3) have committed acts which constitute a chargeable criminal offense:
(4) have engaged in fraud or willful misrepresentation in connection with any official manner before a governmental agency:
(5) have abused any program related to receipt of public benefits:
(6) are subject to a final order of removal but have not complied with their legal obligation to depart the United States; or
(7) in the judgment of an immigration officer. otherwise pose a risk to public safety or national security

illegal-alien-criminals-iOnce again the enforcement priorities are clear. The ICE agents will enforce the existing laws, with priority for criminals. The cited sections of the INA are all for serious crimes—sex crimes, multiple convictions, gang involvement, aggravated felonies … you get the picture.

So that’s the hot news on the immigration front—we’re going to actually enforce the laws on the books about the deportation of aliens who are here illegally and who have a criminal record as specified above.

Are there other changes? Yes, it’s a long document plus there’s a second Memorandum. One change expands the time during which an illegal alien is subject to “immediate deportation” from 14 days to two years. This is important because otherwise, if an illegal alien can just stay hidden from the authorities for a mere two weeks, they cannot be deported without all kinds of procedures and paperwork.

Next, you can now be considered for deportation if you have been charged with a crime, or committed a “chargeable criminal offense”. It remains to be seen how this will be interpreted. Seems like it could result in a criminal being deported rather than tried … not sure if that’s a good idea or a bad idea. In any case, I have no problem with erring on the side of caution in the deportation of illegal aliens. I’m sorry, but at the end of the day they are here ILLEGALLY, so I will not weep of someone who is both here illegally AND charged with grand theft gets deported.

Plus a curious change … all agencies are directed to provide an accounting of any and all direct and indirect aid (except intelligence) that they gave to Mexico in the last five years. My guess is that it has to do with paying for the Wall …

Finally, an interesting redirection of funds. The Memorandum calls for the creation a new office called the Victims of Immigrant Crime Engagement (VOICE) office. It is to provide victims or their families with information on what has happened to the criminals—arrested, or jailed, or deported, or released, the data is to be given to the victims of the crimes that alien committed.

And to pay for the new VOICE office? The managers are ordered to “reallocate any and all resources that are currently being used to advocate on behalf of illegal aliens to the new VOICE office, and to immediately terminate the provision of such advocacy or outreach services to illegal aliens.”

Gotta say … there is a certain justice in that change.

Now sadly, in 2017 the idea that the US should actually enforce the laws on our books is heresy to a sizable chunk of the populace, so we can expect all kinds of pearl-clutching by our “betters” on behalf of the poor criminals … appears that it’s a shocking outrage these days to enforce our own laws. So expect tons of breathless media claims that this is the end of civilization as we know it …

Finally, please don’t accuse me of lack of compassion for the families of alien criminals, families that are divided by the actions of those criminals. Those families will just have to get in line, because every time an American criminal goes to jail, a family is divided too. Because that’s what crime does—it divides families.

Is it the fault of the judge and jury if an American criminal’s family is divided? No, it is the fault of the criminal.

Is it the fault of the Administration if an alien criminal’s family is divided? No, it is the fault of the criminal.

And so, while I feel compassion for both families, especially if there are children involved, as we used to say when I was on the gray side of the law, if you can’t do the time, don’t do the crime … valuable advice for would-be lawbreakers.

It is really quite simple. If you don’t want your family to be broken apart because of lawbreaking and criminal activity, DON’T COME TO AMERICA ILLEGALLY!

Best to all of you, legal and illegal alike …

w.

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21 thoughts on “Cue The Outrage! The Administration Plans To Enforce Existing Laws!

  1. Careful Willis, you are beginning to sound like Milo.

    BTW…I like Milo

    2 min snippet from his Univ of New Mexico speech, “Trump Is Doing EXACTLY What He Said He Would ”

    The entire show…”MILO At University Of New Mexico: America Deserves Borders”

    Best
    JW

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  2. This addresses the “anchor baby” problem, but it sure is going to cause outrage.

    It will be very interesting to see what the budget is for the VOICE office. I think the size of it will surprise a lot of people.

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  3. Its a clear pathway to the US ridding itself of almost self harm. So the welfare and safety of the people are improved…its a Trump target.

    Here in UK/Europe we are doing the complete reverse and France now shows the ultimate widespread and damaging effects. Its an EU target. Not sure when this will end, but it is a real worry!

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  4. That is exactly what the travel EO was about, enforcing existing law. ICE and Border Patrol are now aggressively enforcing existing law and the Democrat Party and political left in general are pitching a hissy fit.

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  5. Willis this is completely off topic but thought you might see the irony.. While doing my Sunday morning reading I came across this headline on the CNBC site.. “Bass Pro Shops’ acquisition of Cabela’s now looking shaky” … I thought what the hell is NBC going to tag Trump with this time. Turns out when people thought HIllary was going to win firearms sales were going through the roof. As soon as Trump won the sales of firearms dropped taking the revenues down.. So for the gun control advocates they should be cheering the Trump election.. not holding my breath…

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    • I have already seen prices on handguns and AR clones dropping locally, ammo prices have slid, too. And its about damned time! Any company that was basing their financial growth projections on the last 6-7 years of artificially raised prices is going to take a hard hit over the next 2 or 3 fiscal quarters. And as to sales dropping, here in western PA/eastern Oh/WV/Maryland region firearms are still selling well, prices down has hurt manufacturers though.

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    • I thought all the Democrats were buying guns now that Trump is prez. Frankly I’m more afraid of a leftist insurrection now than I was during the Weathermen era.

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  6. Bravo. I refuse to call them undocumented aliens also. An undocumented alien is someone who’s missing their paperwork not someone who is staying here illegally. Let’s not forget all the visa overstays as well as the illegal border crossers.

    [Yes, I know it’s not PC to call them that, because people can’t be illegal, only acts can be illegal.]

    Sigh, we keep allowing the left to define the meaning of words. Illegal is an adjective and persons is a noun. Of course they can be used together. It’s similar to the way they use affirmative action when they actually mean quotas. If you say you’re against quotas they say you’re racist because you’re against affirmative action and who can be against that? They just ignore what you said and substitute words that actually have a different meaning. Same way the left has coopted ‘liberal’. They’re anything but.

    “When I use a word,’ Humpty Dumpty said in rather a scornful tone, ‘it means just what I choose it to mean — neither more nor less. The question is which is to be master — that’s all.” –Lewis Carroll

    Maybe we should start using “alien trespassers” instead of illegal aliens.

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  7. Families of criminals can’t go jail with them, but families, dependent children, can go with the parent who is deported. In fact, unless there is someone in the US who can take care of the children they should go with the parent. When they are emancipated. they can return if they are US citizens.

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  8. “In addition, “illegal aliens” is what the Memorandum calls them, and I refuse to call them by Obama’s preferred term, “undocumented Democrats”.”

    i believe “illegal Democrats” would be a nice compromise and probably more accurate.

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  9. I’ve been slightly torn on this issue, due to the suffering that correcting the lawless system we have in place will cause some people. But I realized there’s a common analog to this happening all around us. People have been dying and suffering harm from our severe rains this season. Not a lot, but a few. Many have had major property losses.

    When people hear of these events, the reaction is almost universal, some version of yeah that sucks, but we need the water.

    I realize that is eerily similar to, oh that poor family is being broken up, but as a country we need clear borders and the rule of law or we will descend into lord knows what.

    So yeah, sometimes you need to rip the bandage off quickly to minimize the suffering.

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  11. One of the many gaps (but one of the biggest, if not the biggest) between the Right and Left in this country is the correct assignment, or even acknowledgement, of responsibility on the part of individuals. The entire universe is based on yin and yang, equal and opposite forces. You cannot have rights without responsibility. An individual’s rights are balanced by their responsibility to NOT infringe on another individual’s rights. And you maintain your rights via responsible actions as defined by the society you choose to exist within and the law related thereto. This dichotomy between Right and Left is no greater anywhere than in the immigration area, both legal and illegal. While generally well meaning, it stuns me every time I have something sent or said to me by one of my “liberal” friends/family that completely ignores the “responsibility” side of the principle.

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  12. Willis:

    Next, you can now be considered for deportation if you have been charged with a crime, or committed a “chargeable criminal offense”. It remains to be seen how this will be interpreted. Seems like it could result in a criminal being deported rather than tried … not sure if that’s a good idea or a bad idea. In any case, I have no problem with erring on the side of caution in the deportation of illegal aliens. I’m sorry, but at the end of the day they are here ILLEGALLY, so I will not weep of someone who is both here illegally AND charged with grand theft gets deported.

    [my emphasis]

    I’m not sure either. My wife objects to “convicting without trial,” and that’s certainly unacceptable for citizens. But these folks aren’t citizens. Certainly anyone here illegally has already committed a crime, and is deportable under the law. But if the first objective at present is to weed out ‘the criminals’, i.e. those who have committed other crimes, then maybe we should go to the bother of charging them, indicting them, and convicting them. At the very least it will help improve the image of the President and DHS, who can say “We are enforcing the law, and bending over backwards to enforce it fairly.”

    An alien accused of committing “acts which constitute a chargeable criminal offense” may not have actually done do. False accusations are not uncommon. So I would say at a minimum the ‘criminals’ should have been formally charged. Indicted? Convicted? Maybe, maybe not. . .

    /Mr Lynn

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    • Thanks, LE. You say:

      But if the first objective at present is to weed out ‘the criminals’, i.e. those who have committed other crimes, then maybe we should go to the bother of charging them, indicting them, and convicting them.

      Mmmm … I suspect that the process you are talking about costs on the order of thirty thousand dollars or so.

      So then the question becomes … is it worth it?

      Remember, all of this is not to determine who gets deported. It is to determine who gets priority.

      Say a bunch of illegal aliens are arrested robbing a store. The question becomes, should they leave the country now, or later?

      Call me crazy, but I vote for “now”.

      Look, if I move to Mexico illegally, and they catch me in the act of burglarizing a lady’s house, do you reckon they will waste money trying me for that crime? Would you recommend that they waste money trying me?

      Best regards,

      w.

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  13. Willis:

    Look, if I move to Mexico illegally, and they catch me in the act of burglarizing a lady’s house, do you reckon they will waste money trying me for that crime? Would you recommend that they waste money trying me?

    No, if they catch you they’ll throw you right in the clink, and that’ll be the last we see of you for a long time. Until then,

    But fortunately, we ain’t Mexico. The illegal-alien problem has been building for a long time now, and is a source of huge division in the country. So I think it behoves the Administration to proceed carefully, and pay attention to the priorities: convicted criminals first, then maybe indicted criminals, then maybe aliens charged but not indicted, i.e. caught in the act, like you South o’ the Border. The rest can wait. The Left may never believe President Trump is doing anything right, but if the general public thinks he’s being fair, it will go a long way. Public relations are important.

    /Mr Lynn

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    • Thanks, L.E., and I can only agree with what you say … and yes, it is fortunate that we aren’t Mexico.

      Regarding the EO, the difference in the current rules is that in the past, the bureaucrats and border agents and prosecutors were allowed discretion to leave people in the US. Now that discretion has been removed and they are allowed discretion in returning people to Mexico.

      I think on balance that is a good change. It remains to see how it will play out. Sadly, there will undoubtedly be inequities and tragedies, no matter how the rules are interpreted.

      w.

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    • Fact is illegal aliens have already committed multiple felonies simply by being in America illegally. That they feel free to commit further crimes, robbery, assault, rape, child molestation, identity theft, etc etc is clear indication they are not here with the intention of becoming legal citizens. The only “rights” they have are to be rounded up and removed from US. Want to be “fair” to them? Fine, apply the laws of their home countries to them. In many cases that means execution or a long term at forced labor.

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