Despite the best efforts of the left, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is still fully operational and trying to keep criminals off the streets. The Trump Administration has made a much more hospitable environment for the laws to be enforced, however, a job this controversial still has its challenges.
Case in point, there are public officials who are willing to break the oath that they took when entering office in order to warn the illegals in their area of an upcoming ICE raid. These are the kind of officials who seem to feel that they need to look out for illegal residents before they look out for their voters. Maybe it’s done in the name of getting more votes, and thereby securing their place in office, but regardless, it’s teaching law enforcement that they can’t trust elected officials to keep their covert operations, covert.
The recently foiled Oakland California raid made quite a few waves but wasn’t without its benefits. When it came time for ICE to carry out a raid in the Kansas City area, there was no forewarning for the illegals who were rounded up this time. According to the ICE website, officers arrested 20 illegals in total, including several who had been arrested for crimes while here illegally:
“KANSAS CITY, Mo. — Federal officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 20 criminal aliens and immigration violators in the Kansas City metro area during a four-day enforcement operation, which ended Thursday.
During this operation, ERO deportation officers made arrests in the following Missouri cities: St. Joseph (6), Belton (1), Blue Springs (1), Independence (2) and Kansas City (6). ICE officers also made arrests in the Kansas cities of Olathe (3) and Lawrence (1). Fifteen men and five women, ages ranging 18-61, were arrested.
Aliens arrested during this operation are from the following countries: Brazil (1), El Salvador (3), Guatemala (6), Honduras (1), Mexico (7), Romania (1) and Sierra Leone (1).
Several of the aliens targeted by ERO deportation officers during this operation had prior criminal histories that included driving under the influence, child neglect, child abuse, drug offenses, fraud and larceny. Four of these were arrested for illegally re-entering the United States after having been deported, which is a felony. Two overstayed lawful visits to the U.S.
All were amenable to arrest and removal under the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act.
The following are criminal summaries of some of the offenders arrested in the Kansas City area during this operation:
- A 55-year-old, Mexican citizen who overstayed a lawful visit to the U.S. by more than 12 years. She was arrested Feb. 26, 2018 in Johnson County Kansas. She was previously convicted of child neglect and was sentenced to a year in jail. She is currently in ICE custody pending removal proceedings.
- On Feb. 28, 2018, a 38-year-old Mexican citizen was arrested in Olathe, Kansas. He has a 2012 conviction for fraud. He was issued a warrant of removal and was placed in ICE custody pending removal from the United States.
Depending on an alien’s criminality, an alien who re-enters the United States after having been previously deported commits a felony punishable by up to 20 years in federal prison, if convicted.
‘The continued results of our deportation officers underscore ICE’s ongoing and steady commitment to public safety,’ said Ricardo Wong, field office director for ERO Chicago. “As part of this operation, we continue focus on the arrest of individuals who are criminal aliens and public safety threats. Because of the tireless efforts of these professional officers, there are fewer criminals in our communities.”
ICE deportation officers carry out targeted enforcement operations daily nationwide as part of the agency’s ongoing efforts to protect the nation, uphold public safety, and protect the integrity of our immigration laws and border controls.
These operations involve existing and established Fugitive Operations Teams.
During the targeted enforcement operations, ICE officers frequently encounter other aliens illegally present in the United States. These aliens are evaluated on a case-by-case basis, and, when appropriate, they are arrested by ICE officers.”
The reason that it’s worth mentioning when these types of raids take criminals off the streets is the effort to combat the liberal narrative that illegals are all innocents who make our country better. Sure, there are probably illegals who’s only crime was coming illegally and staying illegally, however, that’s not the case with all.
As we’ve seen time and again, those who come here undocumented are often able to fly under the radar, even gaining access to gocermnet assistance and living off our tax dollars. Sadly, that’s that’s one of the least distructive possibilities. Even without the overwhelming evidence that the spike in illegals comes with a spike in drugs on the streets and increased gang activity, it would still be well within the government’s job to take care of those who break our immigration laws.
We, as a nation, get frustrated about white lies but turn a blind eye to actual laws being broken if the sob story is good enough. It’s time to look down and see if we’re standing on a slippery slope. If we allow these laws to be broken, we very well might be overtaken and find ourselves strangers in our own homeland.
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