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Immigration and terrorism: Trump continues trading freedom for “safety and security”

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In the fallout of last week’s announcement about Donald Trump’s plan to “fix” DACA by granting amnesty and creating a pathway to citizenship for 1.8 million so-called DREAMers, Doublethink Donald finds himself once again forced to defend his betrayal to his base.

Never one to admit when he’s wrong, Trump doubled-down on his DACA plans over the weekend by claiming that his obvious lie was simply a part of a grand design to show that it’s the Democrats who lied, not him.

While his attempt at blame-shifting is obvious, I find Trump’s use of the phrase “safety and security” a bit troubling, not because we don’t need it, but because of his apparent willingness to do anything—Constitutional or not—to achieve his idea of what that looks like.

I’ve documented many times how Trump has displayed a dangerous willingness to sacrifice our Constitutional rights on the altar of Big Brother government, all in the name of safety and security when dealing with the illegal immigration crisis.

In Trump’s first year in office, we’ve witnessed the following Constitutionally questionable actions:

  • He expanded civil asset forfeiture laws, a violation of our right to due process (Fifth and Fourteenth Amendments).
  • He launched a plan to create an “off the books” secret global spy network, accountable only to Trump and CIA Director Pompeo.
  • He reauthorized FISA702, which allows the government to conduct warrantless searches on Americans and collect massive amounts of electronic data (Fourth Amendment).

On the same day of Trump’s DACA announcement, we received word that the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency has secured agency-wide access to a nationwide license plate recognition database—giving the government new power of real-time location tracking of billions of plates.

While ICE claims that their Big Brother program “is not seeking to build a license place reader database and will not collect nor contribute any data to a national public or private database” it’s important to remember that Republicans said something similar about the data collection practices of the NSA prior to being ruled unconstitutional in court.

One more thing. As I mentioned a few days ago, Trump’s cave with DACA could be a precursor to the creation of a biometric National ID card that will allow the government to track every American. The House bill that will accomplish this is currently in committee.

But hey . . . at least we’ll be safe and secure under Big Brother. Right?

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 

David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is nationally syndicated with Salem Radio Network and can be heard on stations across America.

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ICE gets media beating for taking illegal immigrant into custody over Mexican homicide warrant

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ICE gets media beating for taking illegal immigrant into custody over Mexican homicide warrant

It’s the type of story the media craves. An illegal immigrant, Joel Arrona-Lara, who “hasn’t done anything wrong” was detained by ICE agents while transporting his pregnant wife to the hospital. She ended up having to drive herself the rest of the way before delivering their son.

The spin is predictable. They skim over the fact that he has an arrest warrant in Mexico for homicide while putting all the focus on his wife’s dilemma. They even attempt to cast doubt on the warrant because the lawyer for the family says he couldn’t find a record of the warrant. This last part is most peculiar because it would be simple for a major media outlet to confirm the existence of the warrant. They did, of course, but they won’t report that when they have a better quote from the lawyer denying its existence.

Eventually details will emerge about the warrant, but not until the media inflicts as much damage as possible on ICE and anyone in favor of legal immigration being the proper way to enter the country.

Here’s the story. If you click through, you’ll even get a link at the bottom to the family’s new GoFundMe page:

ICE Detains Man Driving Pregnant Wife To Deliver Baby, Says He Is Wanted For Homicide In Mexico

https://losangeles.cbslocal.com/2018/08/18/joel-arrona-detained-by-ice-san-bernardino-driving-wife-to-deliver-baby/Her husband Joel Arrona-Lara was driving his wife to the hospital for a scheduled Cesarean section Wednesday afternoon when they had to stop to get gas. That’s when their car was approached by two SUVs. Maria said they were officers with Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

The mother of five was then asked to show her identification and complied. When the agents asked Arrona-Lara, the couple said he didn’t have the ID on him, but that they lived nearby and could go get it for them. The agents then asked Arrona-Lara to exit the vehicle, searched the car for weapons, and put Arrona into custody, leaving Maria alone at the gas station.

My take

There’s no doubt the circumstances surrounding all of this are unfortunate. Pregnant wives should not have to drive themselves to the hospital for a scheduled C-section. On the other hand, suspected murderers shouldn’t be entering the country in the first place. That point won’t be mentioned by mainstream media.

ICE has a responsibility to take people like Arrona-Lara into custody so it can be determined whether or not they should be deported. There may have even been a certain degree of leeway given had there been no records other than his status as an illegal immigrant, but being a suspected murderer with an arrest warrant took away any chance at leeway. The ICE agents did the right thing.

As a legal immigrant, I have no sympathy for those who cheat the system and break our laws. Blaming the ICE agents for doing their job correctly in order to keep us safe is the type of insanity mainstream media loves to sell us.

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Family separation is necessary when navigating a broken system

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There is no understating that the immigration crisis is truly a crisis. There is an overload of illegal immigrants in the system and the relevant agencies aren’t able to expedite the deportation process. The media has resurrected the issues of family separation in an effort to maintain their propaganda onslaught. The Trump administration responded tactfully with an executive order undermining their efforts to oppose him. Since then a quieter policy has emerged. Illegals are given the option to withdraw their asylum claim and agree to self deportation. In return, they would be united with their children. It’s a hardball policy.

Playing Hardball

However, playing hardball is the most cost effective and speediest way to alleviate America’s migrant crisis. In the criminal justice system, all sorts of agreements are made to alleviate the overload the courts often face. There are plea bargains, PBJs, and stet dockets. Immigration needs to apply similar measures to take control of the migrant crisis or else let the crisis control us. The “zero tolerance” policy provided a leverage for the US Government. After all, one would assume that parents would be as enthusiastic as the media in ending family separation.

Evidently not. The Department of Homeland Security noted that parents have elected to be deported without their children. Abandoning children in a foreign land is a pseudo-sacrificial way for a parent to care about their child. Sure being an orphaned illegal immigrant carries the chance of a better life, but in actuality it is the abdication of parental responsibilities to the state, a foreign state at that. What caring parent would do such a thing? Time found itself printing fake news over its cover featuring Trump and an illegal immigrant child. Turns out, the mother had a track record of not being a good mother. I raise the claim that parents bringing their children, or worse, shipping their children, across the border are not good parents.

This reveals a few flaws in the voluntary deportation for unification strategy. The first flaw being the logistical impracticality. Business Insider tells the story in which an illegal is trying to rescind his agreement. He and his daughter were/are detained at separate locations in separate states. It’s not the easiest plan to ship children to their parents prior to deporting them both. As it would seem, America doesn’t have a hub-and-spoke method for deporting illegal immigrants.

The second flawed outcome is the orphaned children, as noted by the DHS. This creates a whole new issue. The US government would be in custody of another country’s children. This is not ideal, inexpensive, or easy to resolve.

Real Solutions

The Trump administration is doing the best it can do under current immigration law. Family separation remains the best way for the US Government to navigate a deeply flawed system. While people protest under the emotional premises established by the media, they offer no real solutions aside from granting asylum seekers amnesty. Rewarding them for lying and illegally crossing into our land will only exacerbate the migrant crisis. Real solutions must be offered. Currently Ted Cruz is leading the pack on real solutions.

Key points of the Protect Kids and Parents Act:
  • Double the number of federal immigration judges, from roughly 375 to 750.
  • Authorize new temporary shelters, with accommodations to keep families together.
  • Mandate that illegal immigrant families must be kept together, absent aggravated criminal conduct or threat of harm to the children.
  • Provide for expedited processing and review of asylum cases, so that—within 14 days—those who meet the legal standards will be granted asylum, and those who do not will be immediately returned to their home countries.

Ted Cruz’s bill would equip the government to better handle the crisis, but it will by no means put an end to it. But it is a moderate first step.

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Trump’s family separation EO makes GOP immigration betrayal probable

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Obviously, the most adamant voices of those who disagreed with me came from the Always Trump camp. “Look!” they said, “Trump’s only enforcing the law. He has no choice”—a claim Trump himself made early during the so-called crisis. Yet, after his wife and a host of Republicans worried about their re-elections came out against his “zero tolerance” policy, Trump reversed his policy, played the Obama card, and issued a questionably legal executive order ending family separations.

Surprisingly Unsurprisingly, so-called Trump conservatives defended the zero-tolerance policy, blaming Congress for inaction with this issue while giving Trump a pass, despite Republicans having complete control in Washington for the past year and a half.

In a display of political irony, defenders of Trump and the GOP prove my point. Since the GOP has had the opportunity to fix this and haven’t, they are either inept or they don’t want it fixed—probably both.

Trump’s immigration executive order was Obama-esque for another reason. It restored Obama’s “catch-and-release” approach to immigration where illegals with children aren’t prosecuted and under the law are released after twenty days.

How does this lead to saving DACA and creating a pathway to citizenship? Well, using the Rahm Emmanuel playbook, where you never let a crisis go to waste, House Republicans are using the current border crisis as evidence that DACA and other immigration issues must be fixed.

In a classic election-season show vote yesterday, the House voted against a “conservative” immigration measure commonly known as the Goodlatte bill. While woefully inadequate, the Goodlatte measure carried a conservative label, so House GOP leaders made little effort to pass it.

With Goodlatte out of the way, the bill Trump and the GOP really want passed is on the clock. Scheduled to take place sometime next week, a compromise bill supported by moderates that addresses family separations, “fixes” DACA, and—despite GOP claims to the contrary—creates a pathway to citizenship will be voted on. While its chance of passing is unknown, Rep. Cathy McMorris Rodgers—who faces the threat of losing her re-election—thinks this Trump-supported measure is the one most likely to become law.

Trump and the GOP want everything the Democrats want when it comes to illegal immigration. They just have to tell more lies to get it.

Originally posted on The Strident Conservative.

 


David Leach is the owner of The Strident Conservative. His daily radio commentary is distributed by the Salem Radio Network and is heard on stations across America.

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