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Tomi Lahren, Jesse Watters discuss securing portions of border where walls are impractical

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Anyone who considers the illegal immigration situation as it pertains to our southern border understands how a border wall makes sense in many areas. Some refuse to accept this notion for political reasons, but common sense tells us where there’s a wall, one of three things will happen. Illegal immigrants will either try to breach the wall in some way, decide not to attempt to breach because of the wall, or find areas where there is no wall.

This last idea is the one that border patrol agents expect the most, which is why a heavy majority of them are in favor of building more wall along the border. It will make them more effective at their jobs because it allows them to put more focus on areas where illegal border crossings are more likely to happen. Right now, the lack of a wall in so many areas means they are spread thin. Moreover, it means they are less likely to capture those who aren’t just entering for the sake of being caught and applying for asylum. When there’s less wall, the actual criminals who want to come into the United States are having an easier time because of a lack of a barrier.

Last night, Jesse Watters interviewed Tomi Lahren about her coverage along the Arizona border. She traveled with and interviewed border patrol agents in the area, seeing the environment in which they’re tasked to protect Americans. They noted how things would be easier for them if there was a wall in some places because it would allow them to focus their efforts on smaller areas of land that aren’t covered by a wall.

It’s time for Democrats to stop listening to the political demons in their head and start listening to the experts who understand the problems and solutions along the southern border. If they don’t, they’ll continue to empower the cartels who currently control the border.


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ICE raids should be unannounced, widespread, and ongoing

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ICE raids should be unannounced widespread and ongoing

Today was ICE raid day in nine cities across the country. I shouldn’t know that. You shouldn’t either. Most importantly, illegal immigrants with active deportation orders shouldn’t know it, nor should the Democrats and progressive activists working to thwart the efforts of ICE.

When the dust settles, I can almost guarantee the “millions” of deportations promised by the President last month will not be achieved. In fact, it’s unlikely this batch of raids will even reach quadruple digits. I wouldn’t be shocked if the number of illegal immigrants captured on Sunday doesn’t break into triple digits.

Unless there’s some sort of political 4D chess being played here, this official and well-publicized beginning of ICE raids will prove to be fruitless. The reasons are obvious: You don’t announce when or where they’re going to happen. Moreover, you don’t declare when they stopped. In fact, they should never stop.

President Obama was able to deport three million illegal immigrants, all the while being a reluctant executive of the team tasked with enforcing the law. He half-heartedly went after illegal immigrants through ICE and deported more than any president in history. Why, then, is the Trump administration missing the mark so often? Because they’re playing politics, though I’m not sure what that particular game may be.

I’ve tried to read through the 4D chess explanations, most of which center around trying to either pressure Democrats to act (they won’t) or get the media to blame Democrats for failures (they won’t). The only conclusion I can come to is there are too many illogical voices chirping about in the President’s ear because I can’t imagine he would willingly play this extremely important hand the way it’s being played without bad advice pouring in.

Here’s how ICE raids should happen:

  1. Don’t announce them. When the last round of ICE raids were cancelled following a leak to the Washington Post of when and where they would take place, I assumed there was someone in the White House acting against the President’ wishes. But it seems that happened again, but this time there were no delays and all reports are saying the raids are underway with limited success.
  2. Don’t limit it to certain cities. Why are only nine cities being targeted? More importantly, how do we know about which cities are being hit? It’s clear there are many cities who have expressed an unwillingness to help, so including them on a list does nothing the benefit ICE. If we really want to enforce removal orders, we let the evidence of concentrations of illegal immigrants guide us, which is why these nine cities were picked.
  3. Don’t stop. When this batch of ICE raids are over, we can assume all illegal immigrants with removal orders have been caught, right? No, of course not. Forget setting timelines. The raids should continue until the job is done or resources have been depleted.

And therein lies the real problem here. The reason a particular date was selected along with the nine cities being targeted is because resources are not unlimited. It’s unfortunate that law enforcement agencies like ICE must pick and choose where and when to do raids based upon available budget, but this is the real world and government actions always come at a price.

It’s good that focus has been placed on removal of illegal immigrants set for deportation. It sends a message to Central America that we’re willing to enforce our laws. But next time, let’s not announce the raids. Just raid and deport. Done.

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Democrats give tips to migrants on how to avoid ICE deportations

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Democrats give tips to migrants on how to avoid ICE deportations

Democrats and progressive activists continue to frame the ICE raids and deportations planned for today as an issue of race. But there’s a problem with this framing, as Representative Andy Biggs (R-AZ) noted on Fox News yesterday.

These aren’t random minorities targeted because of their skin color. They are people who entered the country illegally and were properly adjudicated to be designated for removal. They had their day in court. Some went and were denied whatever claims they were making. Most just didn’t show up for their hearing. Either way, they had an opportunity to stay in the United States and they failed to meet their obligations.

The ultimate form of immigration virtue signalling today being used by many Democrats is to help illegal immigrants avoid deportation. As our EIC noted last week, they should be charged with a crime. But instead, they’re being heralded as compassionate heroes by the left who views subversion of federal law enforcement and the forced deterioration of law and order as positives. They do not believe in the sovereignty of our nation as they push for open borders and a globalist-controlled United States.

Any Democrat caught aiding and abetting illegal immigrants should be arrested. It’s breaking the law.

If someone helps an American citizen evade law enforcement after committing a crime, that person is arrested and charged. If a Democrat helps an illegal immigrant evade law enforcement, they get praised by the left. It’s insane.

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Early NYC ICE raids yield no fruit

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Early NYC ICE raids yield no fruit

Reports yesterday coming out of New York City reveal either a very complex plan being used by ICE agents or a woefully inadequate attempt to perform raids on illegal immigrants who have removal orders in place. Apparently, the officers went to apartment buildings without warrants, leaving them ill-prepared for the doors slammed in their faces. The results of this first round of recent raids: zero apprehensions.

We’ll wait for the full details to be released before passing judgment, but I seriously hope this isn’t what we can expect from something many of us have been eagerly hoping for in recent weeks. As our EIC said last week, stop the games and just start deporting. Hopefully, this reported follow is not indicative of what’s to come when the raids start in earnest.

Reports: ICE Fails to Make Arrests in Early New York City Raids

According to the New York Daily News, federal agents conducted the operation in Brooklyn’s Sunset Park, where they rang multiple doorbells in an apartment building but later left without taking any illegal aliens into custody. The Wall Street Journal reportsthat agents were turned away because they showed up without warrants. A similar situation occurred in Harlem, the Journal states.

“As they were leaving, we heard them say, ‘We’ll be back,’” one woman from Sunset Park told the Daily News. 

Asked for comment by the Journal, an ICE representative said: “As always, ICE prioritizes the arrest and removal of unlawfully present aliens who pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security.”

Reports of the attempted raids come one day prior to ICE’s scheduled Sunday roundup of illegal aliens with final deportation orders across at least ten major U.S. cities. On Friday, President Donald Trump confirmed ICE will carry out the raids, saying the operation will center around removing “criminals” from the country.

Assuming Sunday’s raids will bear more fruit, the protests over ICE have ramped up. One man was shot and killed by police after attacking an ICE detention center. No other people were harmed despite the Antifa member using a rifle and incendiary devices in his attack.

Democrats like Ilhan Omar continue to paint this as a race issue. But the fact that most of those who are to be detained and deported are people of color is not the result of racism. Instead, it’s indicative of the vast majority of illegal immigrants. With our porous southern borders and mild asylum rules enticing migrants from Mexico and Central America to cross the border illegally and start a new life in the United States, calling this an issue of racism is an attempt to focus the debate over border security on an irrelevant argument.

Hopefully, other raid attempts will be more successful. We need to send a message to potential migrants that they are not guaranteed free everything if they can take someone’s child and cross the border. That’s not how things should work.

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