Here’s a ray of sunshine in an otherwise week of darkness. We knew there were illegal immigrant crackdowns (see ICE Arrests 1300 Gang Members, Begins Deportations and Jeff Sessions Issues Warning to Illegal Immigrants: “This is a New Era…”). But ICE just announced over 40,000 illegal immigrants have been arrested during Donald Trump’s first 100 days in office.
In the 100 days since President Donald J. Trump signed Executive Orders (EOs) regarding immigration enforcement priorities, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has arrested more than 41,000 individuals who are either known or suspected of being in the country illegally. This reflects an increase of 37.6 percent over the same period in 2016.
Out of the shadows and into the vans to scurry them back to the country from which they ran!
Between Jan. 22 and April 29, 2017, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) deportation officers administratively arrested 41,318 individuals on civil immigration charges. Between Jan. 24 and April 30, 2016, ERO arrested 30,028.
I’ve said it before, I’ll say it again. When one joins ICE, their deepest professional desire is to round up those who shouldn’t be here and vamanos them out of America. For the past eight years, under President Obama, many an ICE agent wasn’t able to fulfill that professional desire.
But the changing of the guard brought a welcome change of policy.
“These statistics reflect President Trump’s commitment to enforce our immigration laws fairly and across the board. ICE agents and officers have been given clear direction to focus on threats to public safety and national security, which has resulted in a substantial increase in the arrest of convicted criminal aliens. However, when we encounter others who are in the country unlawfully, we will execute our sworn duty and enforce the law. As the data demonstrates, ICE continues to execute our mission professionally and in accordance with the law, and our communities will be much safer for it,” said ICE Acting Director Thomas Homan.
One of the main points of electing Donald Trump: having a president who took illegal immigration seriously. Not as a political football for which to make promises, only to snatch it from Charlie before the kick. There’s a lot to say about the Trump Presidency. A LOT. You may have noticed every time you turn on the news. Or maybe you’ve just stopped turning on the news, holy cheese puffs, Batman.
But when it comes to cracking down on illegals here in the country illegally (said with the Trump voice), that’s a major promise kept. Kudos and credit where due.
I still want the wall, though. A massive, terrifying wall. So mammoth in size it can be seen from space. So menacing all who look upon it soil their pantaloons. I’m just saying.