As pointed out before, we are in some strange political waters in our nation. Anytime you have municipalities and states setting up agencies to obstruct the federal government in its designated responsibility to enforce certain laws, you have a problem. Pushed far enough, that sort of thing has been referred to as a revolution, although we would certainly not go that far, at least not yet.
President Trump ran on the promise of securing the borders and deporting those who broke the immigration laws to enter this country, especially those who have committed violent crimes. The left has gone off the deep end over this with their sanctuary cities, and blatant obstruction of justice. What else do you call it when local officials try to hide those who have broken the law from federal law enforcement personnel?
During the Obama administration, officials were tasked with supporting illegal immigrants in their efforts to remain in the US. President Trump just shut that illegal program down and reassigned them to work in an agency that seeks to deport those who are here illegally.
“President Donald Trump’s Department of Homeland Security has deep-sixed an Obama-era program to have 21 taxpayer-funded agency officials cooperate with anti-deportation, pro-amnesty groups.”
Needless to say, the left is furious.
“‘The [21 officials’] job was to go meet politicians, Congress people, advocate groups, and local law enforcement,’ complained Sarah Saldaña, a top DHS official from 2014 to early 2017. ‘Let them see you as a person, as opposed to big, bad ICE,’ said Saldana, who created the cooperation program when she ran DHS’s U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement division from 2014 to 2017.
“Trump’s DHS executives ‘really are taking away the [21 officials’] ability to go out in the community and do what it is that we were hoping they would get done,’ Saldaña told Foreign Policy magazine. The ‘we’ in her comment refers to the Democratic Party, which replaced by the pro-American Trump administration on January 20.”
This is just the sort of gibberish that is typical of the liberals. We needed officials to “go out and meet” people? To prove that a law enforcement agency, the ICE, isn’t “big and bad?” With Trump in charge, they now can’t “do what it is we were hoping they would get done?”
What does all this mean?
The answer is that federal officials will no longer be helping groups organize to block the enforcement of the nation’s immigration laws, something they should never have been doing in the first place. Talk about an obscene waste of money. On the one hand the federal government was paying ICE officers to enforce the law, while at the same time paying other officials to help people break those very laws.
“The 21 employees assigned to the program have now been assigned to Trump’s new Victims of Immigration Crime Engagement (VOICE) Office, which helps Americans recover from the huge number of crimes inflicted by the illegal aliens who were allowed into the country during President Barack Obama’s eight-year tenure.”
Again, the left is furious over this, but that only betrays where their priorities really are. Clearly they are more concerned about hiding illegal aliens than they are about helping American citizens who have been the victims of the crimes that some of those illegals have committed. There’s a message they should not be allowed to forget.
And the presence of these illegals is not just some harmless matter. There are real costs borne by real Americans involved here.
One is economic: “Analysts estimate that roughly 11 million illegal aliens are living in the United States. Roughly 8 million of the illegals hold jobs, which adds up to one job for each of the four million young Americans who turn 18 each year”.
The other is more serious: “In addition, illegal immigrants inflict a huge number of crimes on Americans. For example, almost one-quarter of a million aliens were registered at Texas jails from June 2011 to May 2017. Their convictions included 496 murders, 26,000 assaults, 8,400 burglaries, 246 kidnappings and 2,900 sexual assaults.”
What the liberals have been trying to do here is to concoct some bizarre sort of a foreign aid program working with foreigners inside the US. In other words, they want to help foreigners who are here rather than in some other country.
It makes absolutely no sense at all. It makes a mockery of our immigration laws. And part of it just got shut down by President Trump.
Score another win for the president, but more importantly for the American people.