Let’s remember one thing, even though the liberal media has completely forgotten this, but illegal aliens are criminals just by the fact that they circumvented the law by entering the country … illegally. Pretty simple, right? Well the liberal media has dominated the narrative with something completely antithetical to that clear logic.
Mark Krikorian has it right, right off the bat.
Good news, because convicted criminals shouldn't be the only illegals aliens getting deported — every illegal aliens is, by definition, deportable at any time. https://t.co/mmXsQs1BD2
— Mark Krikorian (@MarkSKrikorian) May 17, 2018
However, here’s how the liberal media is reporting that arrests have broadened to others than just hardened criminal illegals. ICE and other law enforcement are arresting illegals who don’t have previous convictions, … yet.
Marketwatch presents the straightforward facts on the new approach.
During the final years of the Obama administration, in fiscal 2015 and 2016, more than 85% of people arrested by ICE had criminal convictions. But that has fallen as the Trump administration targets a much wider group of people, new data released Thursday show.
The data show how President Donald Trump’s administration is working to change the practices followed under President Barack Obama, when agents were far more selective about who to arrest and deport.
ICE agents have arrested an average of 4,143 undocumented immigrants without a criminal record each month under the Trump administration. In the final two years under Obama, the agents averaged 1,703 a month.
While this point is valid:
Corey Price, assistant director of enforcement for ICE, said it’s wrong to call any undocumented immigrant a “non-criminal” since they either entered the country illegally or stayed in the country after the expiration of their visa.
This is the sentiment among most liberal media outlets.
Critics of the administration say rounding up thousands of undocumented immigrants who are working, contributing to their communities and staying out of trouble is not only a waste of federal resources, but part of a larger effort to demonize immigrants.
Tom Jawetz, vice president of immigration policy at the Center for American Progress, said Trump has repeatedly tried to wrap all immigrants under a blanket of terrorism and gang violence. Trump’s comments on Wednesday, when he referred to some undocumented immigrants as “animals,” was just the latest example of that strategy, Jawetz said.
While ICE’s arrests were up, deportations were slightly down ― from about 126,000 in the first half of the 2017 fiscal year to about 117,000 in the same period in fiscal year 2018. For both periods, about 54 percent of those removed were convicted criminals.
While most deportations originated with arrests by Customs and Border Patrol, ICE’s share rose for the most recent period; ICE arrested 39 percent of the people deported, up 10 percentage points from the previous year.
Trump vowed as a candidate to take constraints off ICE and allow agents to have more discretion on whom to arrest. The president and his administration have taken steps to remove protections that allow more than 1 million people to stay in the U.S. ― which could expose more immigrants to risk of deportation.
While they tried, liberal media outlets did little to pontificate from the straight forward facts of the new Trump strategy. It’s just hard to argue that illegal immigrants aren’t breaking the law, therefore subject to arrest. Another win for Trump.