Trump Tweets About Massive ICE Sweeps Planned For “Next Week”

In a tweet that reportedly took law enforcement by surprise, President Donald Trump disclosed that “next week” a national round up of undocumented persons would be launched. Obviously, ICE prefers not to inform potential arrestees that they are coming. Recently, it was reported that intelligence officials withheld details of their operations against Russia in fear that Trump might disclose the operation or compromise its purpose.

Trump tweeted Monday night that “Next week ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in.”

In the past, the Trump Administration has charged that mayors (like the one in Oakland) are obstructing enforcement by telling people in advance of enforcement sweeps by ICE.

With over 11 million undocumented persons, it is highly unlikely that full-scale deportations would be able to remove a sizable percentage. ICE is currently averaging only around 7,000 deportations a month. However, regardless of the likely success, there is something odd about telling potential deportees that sweeps will be launched last week. Even if the President waited just after the first few days of sweeps (after which the word would have gotten out), ICE would have been in a better position.

I remain skeptical, as I discussed in a recent column, that serious deterrence can’t be established without showing equal vigor in prosecuting large-scale employers of undocumented workers. That is even more unlikely when workers and employers are told in advance of a new enforcement push.

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    “MEXICO CITY (AP) — The man and his 23-month-old daughter lay face down in shallow water along the bank of the Rio Grande, his black shirt hiked up to his chest with the girl tucked inside. Her arm was draped around his neck suggesting she clung to him in her final moments.

    The searing photograph of the sad discovery of their bodies on Monday, captured by journalist Julia Le Duc and published by Mexican newspaper La Jornada, highlights the perils faced by mostly Central American migrants fleeing violence and poverty and hoping for asylum in the United States.

    According to Le Duc’s reporting for La Jornada, Óscar Alberto Martínez Ramírez, frustrated because the family from El Salvador was unable to present themselves to U.S. authorities and request asylum, swam across the river on Sunday with his daughter, Valeria.

    He set her on the U.S. bank of the river and started back for his wife, Tania Vanessa Ávalos, but seeing him move away the girl threw herself into the waters. Martínez returned and was able to grab Valeria, but the current swept them both away.

    The account was based on remarks by Ávalos to police at the scene — “amid tears” and “screams” — Le Duc told The Associated Press…..”

  2. Okay, let’s apply Democratic logic:

    If it’s not fair to apply federal law to illegal aliens who feel entitled to line jump because they want a better life, then it’s not fair to apply the federal tax code, either.

    Anyone who just wants a better life should be allowed to ignore the federal tax laws and not pay taxes. After all, it’s non violent. Aren’t they entitled to a better life?

    And since it’s OK to pay illegal aliens cash under the table and none of the benefits that voters chose, because who else would pick the crops, then all businesses should be able to do the same so that they can compete on a fair and equal playing field. Minimum wage, worker benefits, work comp, vacation, and sick pay should be voluntary for all businesses, not just the ones who are encouraged to hire illegal immigrants.

    Make it fair for everyone. No group of people should have special rights over and above everyone else.

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    Cooperation between ICE, local law enforcement makes for safer communities

    SEATTLE – U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) relies upon the cooperation of local law enforcement officials to expeditiously remove dangerous criminals from our communities. ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations’ (ERO) mission is to identify, arrest and remove aliens who present a danger to national security or are a risk to public safety.

    When ICE officers and agents must go out into the community to proactively locate these criminal aliens, it puts personnel and potentially innocent bystanders at risk. ICE commends our local law enforcement colleagues who work to make it less complicated for ICE to apprehend criminal aliens released from local custody.

    “When local law enforcement decides to uphold sanctuary policies and release illegal criminal aliens without notifying ICE, it is a decision to protect and release criminals who are preying on victims in our communities. By allowing criminal aliens, particularly those with egregious criminal records, to be released it places everyone in potential danger. Danger that very well could be prevented through cooperation with immigration officials”, said Bryan Wilcox, acting field operations director, ERO Seattle.

    Without the cooperation of local officials, EROs ability to perform its federally mandated mission is hindered and dangerous criminal aliens, like those described below, could remain in our communities to reoffend. The expeditious removal of these offenders promotes public safety and reduces the overall cost to taxpayers.

    • Illegal alien arrested for murdering, dismembering victim after local police fail to notify ICE of his release
    In October 2017, ICE identified an illegally present Honduran citizen with prior criminal convictions and four prior removals form the United States and lodged a detainer. When the alien he was released without notification to ICE. In January 2018, he was arrested and booked at a local county jail for murder. ICE has lodged another detainer with local jail officials.

    • I County jail ignores ICE detainer, illegal alien suspected of killing wife after release
    In March 2018, ICE lodged a detainer on a citizen of Mexico who was unlawfully present in the United States after locating him in an Oregon county jail. Jail officials did not honor the immigration detainer and released the convicted criminal two days later, without notifying ICE. Following his release, ICE made multiple, unsuccessful attempts to locate and arrest the man. In October 2018, the subject was arrested again, this time on a felony murder charges.

    • I County jail ignores ICE detainer, Honduran mans suspected of murder after release
    In September 2016, ICE located an illegally present Honduran man with multiple prior criminal convictions being held at a county jail in Washington. ICE lodged a detainer with the jail, but in February 2017, county officials did not honor the detainer and released the man. In July 2017, the subject was again arrested, this time for theft and property destruction. In July 2017, despite criminal charges, convictions and previous immigration removals going back to 2005, county jail officials released the main without notifying ICE. In August 2017, the criminal alien was arrested yet again, this time for homicide and robbery. As of June 2019, the subject was in a local county jail and is being held on both murder and robbery charges.

    • I County jail releases illegal alien, man later kills wife and self in apparent murder-suicide
    In December 2016, ICE located and lodged a detainer on a man being held in a county jail in Washington. The man was a Mexican citizen who was illegally present in the U.S. and had prior immigration encounters. Local jail officials did not honor the immigration detainer and released the convicted criminal in August 2017 without notifying ICE. A little over a month later, the subject shot and killed his estranged wife before taking his own life.

    • I County jail refuses to honor immigration detainer, releases child rapist
    In January 2014, ICE encountered an illegally present citizen of Honduras at a county jail in Kent, Washington. The man was being held on a charge of rape of a child. ICE officers interviewed the man and determined that he was a citizen of Honduras and lodged an immigration detainer. That same month, the immigration detainer was not honored, and the subject was released to the community pending the disposition of his case. In August 2015, the subject was convicted of multiple counts of assault. In February 2017, ICE took the man into custody and removed him from the U.S. in March 2017.

    • I County jail refuses to honor ICE detainer, releases illegal alien convicted of rape
    In June 2013, ICE officers encountered a man at a local county jail in Kent, Washington. ICE officers determined the subject was a citizen of Mexico and lodged an immigration detainer. The subject was later convicted of rape and sentenced to more than a year in jail. After completion of his sentence, the Department of Corrections transferred the man to a local county jail on warrants for driving while impaired and violating a no contact order. In February 2014, ICE lodged a subsequent detainer at the county jail. The detainer was not honored, and that same month, he was released to the community. In July 2014, ICE took the individual into custody, and the subject was removed to Mexico in May 2015.

    • County jail refuses to honor ICE detainer of man who sexually assaulted dog
    In February 2019, an illegally present Mexican citizen was encountered by ICE officials at a local Oregon county jail. ICE lodged an immigration detainer on the man the same day for violating immigration laws. In April 2019, the man was convicted of multiple charges involving animal abuse. The county jail did not honor the immigration detainer and released him without notice to immigration officials. ICE apprehended the man at his residence and served him a notice to appear. He is currently being held at the Northwest Detention Center in Tacoma pending immigration proceedings.

    A detainer is a request to local law enforcement agencies that ICE be notified as early as practicable – ideally at least 48 hours – before a removable alien is released from criminal custody and then briefly maintain custody of the alien for up to 48 hours to allow ICE to assume custody for removal purposes. ICE lodges detainers on individuals who have been arrested on local criminal charges and are suspected of being deportable, so that ICE can take custody of that person when he or she is released from local authorities. When law enforcement agencies fail to honor immigration detainers and release serious criminal offenders onto the streets, it undermines ICE’s ability to protect public safety and carry out its mission.

    ICE maintains that cooperation by local officials is an indispensable component of promoting public safety. Policy makers who strive to make it more difficult to remove dangerous criminal aliens and aim to stop the cooperation of local officials and business partners, harm the very communities whose welfare they have sworn to protect.

    Last Reviewed/Updated: 06/18/2019

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