by William Teach | August 3, 2017 8:14 am
Violating federal laws by coming to the United States illegally has consequences, much like trespassing does
He went to ICE to tell agents he had gotten into college. Now he and his brother have been deported.
Two brothers from Gaithersburg were deported to their native El Salvador on Wednesday in what their attorney says was the fastest deportation process he has ever seen.
Lizandro Claros Saravia, 19, is a standout soccer player who had secured a scholarship to play college soccer in North Carolina. His brother, Diego, 22, took extra classes to graduate from Quince Orchard High School on time and “has a heart of gold,” a former teacher said.
They entered the country illegally in 2009, however, and although they initially won reprieves from deportation, their efforts to renew those stays were repeatedly denied.
The brothers have no criminal records and would not have been a priority for deportation by the Obama administration, said Matthew Bourke, a spokesman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
What the Washington Post is saying here is that we’re supposed to ignore the fact that they are here unlawfully. I’m betting writer Rachel Chason wouldn’t be so cavalier about people sneaking into her domicile and deciding to just stay. She would surely call the police and want them removed and prosecuted, even if they had “no criminal records.”
On Friday, the brothers were detained by ICE agents in Baltimore after a regular check-in. Lizandro Claros Saravia told the agents that he was planning to attend college on a scholarship, said Nick Katz, senior manager of legal services at CASA de Maryland, who is representing the pair.
“The ICE agents told me they were deporting the kids because Lizandro got into college, and that showed they intended to stay in the U.S.,” Katz said.
Bourke said that is not how ICE conducts enforcement actions.
“They were issued a final order of removal by an immigration judge in 2012. That’s why they were removed,” Bourke said. The brothers were granted a stay of removal in 2013, but subsequent applications for stays were denied.
So, a lawfully empowered judge ordered them deported, they were granted one stay, and then further stays were denied, and Team Obama violated the ruling by not deported them. Shouldn’t the Obama administrations failure to uphold the law be the story?
Sen. Chris Van Hollen (D-Md.) said his office had been working to secure the release of the Claros Saravia brothers and that he was “very upset” to hear about their deportation.
“Shame on President Trump for tearing apart hardworking immigrant families,” he tweeted Wednesday evening. “We should be focused on MS-13, not scholarship winners.”
So, a duly elected federal Senator is taking the side of people who have violated our laws, and was taking a spot at college that could go to a U.S. citizen. Again, I bet he wouldn’t be so cavalier if it was his home that was being invaded. Perhaps he should reconsider his oath to support and defend the Constitution and our laws.
Illegal migrants get deported. That’s true around the world. What is so shocking in the US is that people are shocked that people who are in the US illegally are made to leave.
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