Washington Post: Trumps Tough Talk On Enforcing Illegal Immigration Is Bad For “Law Abiding Illegals” Or Something

Washington Post: Trumps Tough Talk On Enforcing Illegal Immigration Is Bad For “Law Abiding Illegals” Or Something

The Editorial Board of the Washington Post takes yet another stab at protecting those who are unlawfully present in the United States who aren’t committing crimes, except for low level ones,  and actually ends up proving that Trump’s tough talk and action on illegal immigration is working when we compare the story to headline

Trump’s deportation tough talk hurts law-abiding immigrants

DESPITE PRESIDENT TRUMP’S tough talk about deporting millions of “bad hombres,” the overwhelming majority of illegal immigrants in the United States have no criminal record. That poses a quandary for deportation agents who, prodded by the administration to get tough, have intensified the pace at which they round up not just criminal undocumented immigrants, but law-abiding ones as well.

Of roughly 143,000 unauthorized immigrants living in the United States who were arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in the fiscal year that ended Sept. 30 — a 30 percent increase over the previous year — more than a quarter had no criminal convictions. As for those who had been convicted, most were guilty of non-violent charges including drug, traffic and immigration offenses such as re-entering the country after deportation.

Which is exactly what those working for immigration agencies wanted to do, because it’s their job to enforce federal immigration as passed by the federal legislature and signed by the Chief Executive. I bet the same members of the Editorial Board would be pretty darned upset if someone was pinching their food from the breakroom fridge, and calling for heads to roll. Oh, and re-entering the U.S. after deportation is a felony.

Many Americans may feel little compunction about ferreting out illegal immigrants with criminal records, but what of the tens of thousands convicted of no crime or never even arrested for one? Remember: Most unauthorized immigrants (excepting those arrested at the border) have been living in the United States for at least 15 years, and large numbers have spouses, children and other relatives who are citizens.

I’m good with it. It’s not my fault. I feel no remorse. If you can’t do the time, do not do the crime. They all knew what they were doing when they came illegally/overstayed their visa, and knew that they could be arrested and deported at any time after. And they had plenty of time to attempt to become a legal citizen any time along the way. This is on them.

Here’s where it gets fun

What’s more significant is the apparent decline in attempted illegal border crossings, as measured by Border Patrol apprehensions, which, at 310,000 in fiscal 2017, hit a 46-year low. Fewer apprehensions mean fewer illegal crossing attempts. That’s a good thing, reflecting, most recently, Mr. Trump’s campaign rhetoric, as well as the continuation of a long-term decline since 2000, when apprehensions exceeded 1.6 million. During that period, economic conditions have improved inside Mexico and the Border Patrol has doubled its number of agents.

Sooooooooooo, it looks like Trump’s tough talk on illegal immigration is working? Huh. How about that?

Trump’s tough talk on law abiding illegals can’t hurt them, because, by definition, they are not law abiding. It’s always cute when Democrats try and come up with an argument in defense of illegals and attempt to go Trump Derangement Syndrome, and whiff on both.

Crossed at Pirate’s Cove. Follow me on Twitter @WilliamTeach.

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