By Allan Wall, May 19, 2021
It used to be that even people who didn’t want illegal aliens deported would make an exception for criminal illegal aliens, by which I mean illegals who have committed non-immigration offenses.
People might say something like this: “The undocumented aren’t criminals, they just want a better life for themselves. They shouldn’t be deported. Only violent criminals that are a danger to the public should be deported.”
True, there were some extreme activists who were against deporting criminals, but they were a minority. A May 6, 2017 article in the LA Times reports that some activists were already saying that even convicted criminals shouldn’t be deported, although that was not yet the standard Democratic party viewpoint.
But now, another leftist paradigm shift may be in the works.
In the U.S. House of Representatives, Representative Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (NY-14), well-known by her initials AOC, has organized a group of representatives (34 counting herself) calling on the government NOT to target illegal alien criminals and gang members for deportation.
It sounds incredible, but it’s true.
Of course, AOC (pictured) has an F- from Numbers USA and has previously stated that all Latin Americans have the right to enter the United States. And now she openly and publicly says that foreign criminals have the right to stay in this country.
How can you negotiate with people who think like this?
AOC and her allies sent a letter to Department of Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas and to Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement Tae D. Johnson (letter available here).
Consult the letter to see if your representative signed it.
One of the signers is Eleanor Holmes Norton, a non-voting delegate to the House from Washington, D.C.
I checked the invaluable NumbersUSA website and every single one of the other 33 signers of the letter has a grade of F- from NumbersUSA.
The letter begins by saying that, “We write to share our concerns with the February 18, 2021 interim enforcement memorandum issued by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The memorandum does not provide adequate protection for the liberty interests of recently arrived immigrants seeking humanitarian relief and further criminalizes and dehumanizes immigrants by relying on the discriminatory criminal legal system.”
The letter sets forth three objections to this Biden administration interim memorandum.
The first is that it “does not adequately protect the liberty interests of asylum seekers.”
The second and third objections deal with the criminal aspect.
Objection #2 is that “… the memorandum presumes that any immigrant who has been convicted of an ‘aggravated felony’ is a public safety enforcement and removal priority. The definition of ‘aggravated felonies’ is itself flawed – a relic of the racist War on Drugs – and should not guide the agency’s enforcement priorities. ‘Aggravated felonies,’ a term specific to immigration law, include offenses that are neither ‘aggravated’ nor ‘felonies’ – for example, this category has been interpreted to include many state drug misdemeanors.”
We already have more than enough criminals, junkies, and pushers in our country. Why bring in more?
The third objection is that “… the memorandum invites racial profiling by presuming that an immigrant is a public safety enforcement and removal priority if they have been convicted of an offense in which an element was ‘active participation” in a gang or someone older than 16 who ‘intentionally participated’ in a gang.”
We already have more than enough members of criminal gangs in our country. Why bring in more?
Unsurprisingly, the letter links itself to the so-called “racial reckoning,” involving the so-called Black Lives Matter movement.
“We are in a moment of racial reckoning in this country, with communities across the country calling for an end to mass incarceration and racist policing. It is time to end the carceral approach to immigration, which relies on these same flawed systems.”
“Defund the Police,” in other words. These “lawmakers” don’t care about your public safety.
“Instead, we urge the Biden administration to pursue humane and just immigration policies that aim to end mass incarceration, criminalization and deportation of immigrants.”
Notice, this group seeks “… to end mass incarceration, criminalization and deportation of immigrants.”
Bottom line, they don’t want to deport anybody.
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