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Reporters shocked (SHOCKED!) to learn ICE uses ankle bracelets to monitor illegal aliens

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When we discussed the highly successful ICE raids in Mississippi targeting employers hiring hundreds of illegal aliens earlier this month, one little detail seemed to catch a lot of people by surprise. It turns out that a number of the illegal workers were wearing ICE ankle bracelet monitors to their jobs every day. As far as I was concerned, that should have been enough to lock up some of those employers and their senior staff. Let’s just say that if you couldn’t figure out that the person wearing the ICE ankle bracelet might have been lying on their job application forms, perhaps a career in Human Resources isn’t for you.

As it turns out, those bits of ankle jewelry were more than decorative. In details about the raids released after the fact, we learned that the agency had been using the monitors and the GPS system to track when the workers were leaving their homes, traveling to their jobs and generally tracking their other movements. Can you imagine? I know, right?

This week, NBC News was doing some followup coverage on the raids and talked to several immigration advocates who were apparently unaware that this sort of thing was going on. And it’s apparently “disturbing” that the government would track these upstanding workers like common criminals.

Unsealed search warrants from the raid reveal that immigration authorities have tracked such GPS data from dozens of undocumented immigrants with ankle monitors.

Lawyers and immigration advocates told NBC News they had not previously heard of ICE employing this tactic, which they called “troubling” and said raised concerns about immigrants’ rights.

“It’s troubling to us that people who are released are being tracked for reasons that have nothing to do with whether they’re likely to appear for their court cases or abscond,” said Judy Rabinovitz, deputy director of the American Civil Liberties Union’s Immigrants’ Rights Project.

In other words, they find it both shocking and appalling that a law enforcement agency is making use of location monitors to monitor people’s locations. I’ll give you all a moment to safely reach your fainting couches.

These ankle bracelet monitors are used for more than simply making sure you show up for your court date. (Though that’s certainly one intent.) The fact that the workers in question were wearing them at all showed that they had already run afoul of ICE, were in the country illegally and were awaiting their court date. It also means that they were not legally able to take a job in the United States. So when they began showing up at food processing plants every day for the duration of a normal work shift, the agency could be pretty sure something illegal was going on.

Further, workers with ankle bracelets were tracked to plants owned by all five of the employers who wound up getting caught up in the raids. And nobody said anything? I don’t know if the employers need to be charged with immigration crimes or simply abject stupidity.

But still, the point remains. The illegal aliens knew they were not allowed to hold those jobs. The agency put tracking devices on them revealing that they were still breaking the law. There is nothing “troubling” about any of this. These are basic tools of law enforcement, not some invasion of privacy for the illegal workers.

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Jewish protest group demonstrators arrested outside migrant center

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About 115 protesters showed up at the Casa Sunzal facility in Houston and five of them were charged with a misdemeanor. Members of Never Again Action, a Jewish protest group, held a rally outside the Casa Sunzal detention facility Monday and when some blocked a roadway, arrests were made. A co-organizer of the group protest said they use their bodies as well as their voices in peaceful demonstrations.

Elizabeth Harberer, co-organizer of the rally at the migrant facility, said the event was peaceful and was a way to “demonstrate with our voices and bodies that we will not stand by as the systemic dehumanization against migrants continues to unfold in our country.”

According to court records, the five participants were charged with a misdemeanor – obstructing a highway. The police didn’t want to have to arrest them but the feelings of a few do not override the public’s safety in a city of millions. The protesters were given many warnings which they ignored. The arrests occurred around 7:30 P.M. Monday.

Houston Police Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite said police had to make the arrests Monday after protesters were given numerous opportunities to leave the road.

“It’s very unfortunate, because we did everything we could to get them to comply, to get them to leave the street,” Satterwhite said. “The thing is we can’t block the roadways. We have ambulances that come through here. We have people who are getting home and want to get to their families.”

Satterwhite made a point of saying the Houston Police Department “supported first-amendment expression” but public safety was compromised when protesters sat down in the roadway, blocking vehicles from passing.

“I understand the passions are very high on this issue and many others frankly because there is all kinds of issues that are protested in the city,” he said. “That’s our country and it’s fantastic but we also have to obey the laws and respect that too.”

The Casa Sunzal facility is operated by Southwest Key, an Austin-based non-profit organization. The detention facility has the capacity to house 200 minors. It has been at the center of anti-ICE protests from the open borders crowd from the very beginning when Southwest Key announced its plans for the facility, including suing the City of Houston over permitting issues. Sylvester Turner, the Mayor of Houston, has openly opposed the facility from the beginning. The original plans for the facility to hold 240 immigrant minors aged 17 and under were scaled back. The detention facility provides medical care, counseling and educational services. At the end of June, presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke held a rally to demand the closing of Casa Sunzal.

Southwest Key describes the Casa Sunzal facility as a shelter, not a detention center. The claim that the minors are “dehumanized” is how the liberal left tugs at the emotions of observers. The goal of the facility is to reunite the minors with their parents or guardians.

“As Jews, we were taught to never let anything like the Holocaust happen again and that’s why we are taking action against ICE and CBP.” That is in the bio section of Never Again Houston’s Twitter account. While the group may see themselves as some kind of social justice warriors railing against the bad Orange Man and immigration law, the comparison to the Holocaust is unfathomable. ICE and CBP are not marching human beings off to gas chambers and their execution. ICE and CBP are doing their jobs, enforcing immigration laws. The people being “dehumanized” are the ICE and CPB agents, not the migrants. This kind of rhetoric only serves to ratchet up violence and prey on the twisted logic of some unstable protesters. The group even uses the vocabulary of the Holocaust, referring to detention facilities and shelters as concentration camps.

Never Again Action has organized events across the country in recent weeks. At the beginning of August, the Los Angeles office of the GEO Group, a private prison company that runs federal migrant detention facilities, was the group’s target. The activists demand that ICE is shut down but offer no alternatives or solutions to the chaos on the southern border. Are we to simply allow minors and adults crossing the border illegally to just roam free? Secure borders are the first line of defense for a country’s safety and sovereignty.

If groups like this are so concerned about the treatment of others, they would be working on stopping human trafficking and the exploitation of children and women as they seek a better life. They should be petitioning Congress to reform immigration laws, not endangering ICE and CBP agents who are only doing their jobs.

The group’s website includes a map of the United States and the locations of their targets are pinned. Demonstrations began on June 30 and continue throughout the summer, with one planned for Wednesday, as I write this, in Rhode Island.

This is not the 1940s and enforcing immigration laws is not comparable to the atrocities of the Holocaust. To conflate the two is a slap in the face to the families and survivors of the actual Holocaust. I have Jewish ancestry on the paternal side of my family – my grandfather’s family immigrated from Austria. The conflation coming from the unhinged #Resist crowd is maddening. It’s just plain wrong.

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Jewish protest group demonstrators arrested outside migrant center

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About 115 protesters showed up at the Casa Sunzal facility in Houston and five of them were charged with a misdemeanor. Members of Never Again Action, a Jewish protest group, held a rally outside the Casa Sunzal detention facility Monday and when some blocked a roadway, arrests were made. A co-organizer of the group protest said they use their bodies as well as their voices in peaceful demonstrations.

Elizabeth Harberer, co-organizer of the rally at the migrant facility, said the event was peaceful and was a way to “demonstrate with our voices and bodies that we will not stand by as the systemic dehumanization against migrants continues to unfold in our country.”

According to court records, the five participants were charged with a misdemeanor – obstructing a highway. The police didn’t want to have to arrest them but the feelings of a few do not override the public’s safety in a city of millions. The protesters were given many warnings which they ignored. The arrests occurred around 7:30 P.M. Monday.

Houston Police Assistant Chief Larry Satterwhite said police had to make the arrests Monday after protesters were given numerous opportunities to leave the road.

“It’s very unfortunate, because we did everything we could to get them to comply, to get them to leave the street,” Satterwhite said. “The thing is we can’t block the roadways. We have ambulances that come through here. We have people who are getting home and want to get to their families.”

Satterwhite made a point of saying the Houston Police Department “supported first-amendment expression” but public safety was compromised when protesters sat down in the roadway, blocking vehicles from passing.

“I understand the passions are very high on this issue and many others frankly because there is all kinds of issues that are protested in the city,” he said. “That’s our country and it’s fantastic but we also have to obey the laws and respect that too.”

The Casa Sunzal facility is operated by Southwest Key, an Austin-based non-profit organization. The detention facility has the capacity to house 200 minors. It has been at the center of anti-ICE protests from the open borders crowd from the very beginning when Southwest Key announced its plans for the facility, including suing the City of Houston over permitting issues. Sylvester Turner, the Mayor of Houston, has openly opposed the facility from the beginning. The original plans for the facility to hold 240 immigrant minors aged 17 and under were scaled back. The detention facility provides medical care, counseling and educational services. At the end of June, presidential candidate Beto O’Rourke held a rally to demand the closing of Casa Sunzal.

Southwest Key describes the Casa Sunzal facility as a shelter, not a detention center. The claim that the minors are “dehumanized” is how the liberal left tugs at the emotions of observers. The goal of the facility is to reunite the minors with their parents or guardians.

“As Jews, we were taught to never let anything like the Holocaust happen again and that’s why we are taking action against ICE and CBP.” That is in the bio section of Never Again Houston’s Twitter account. While the group may see themselves as some kind of social justice warriors railing against the bad Orange Man and immigration law, the comparison to the Holocaust is unfathomable. ICE and CBP are not marching human beings off to gas chambers and their execution. ICE and CBP are doing their jobs, enforcing immigration laws. The people being “dehumanized” are the ICE and CPB agents, not the migrants. This kind of rhetoric only serves to ratchet up violence and prey on the twisted logic of some unstable protesters. The group even uses the vocabulary of the Holocaust, referring to detention facilities and shelters as concentration camps.

Never Again Action has organized events across the country in recent weeks. At the beginning of August, the Los Angeles office of the GEO Group, a private prison company that runs federal migrant detention facilities, was the group’s target. The activists demand that ICE is shut down but offer no alternatives or solutions to the chaos on the southern border. Are we to simply allow minors and adults crossing the border illegally to just roam free? Secure borders are the first line of defense for a country’s safety and sovereignty.

If groups like this are so concerned about the treatment of others, they would be working on stopping human trafficking and the exploitation of children and women as they seek a better life. They should be petitioning Congress to reform immigration laws, not endangering ICE and CBP agents who are only doing their jobs.

The group’s website includes a map of the United States and the locations of their targets are pinned. Demonstrations began on June 30 and continue throughout the summer, with one planned for Wednesday, as I write this, in Rhode Island.

This is not the 1940s and enforcing immigration laws is not comparable to the atrocities of the Holocaust. To conflate the two is a slap in the face to the families and survivors of the actual Holocaust. I have Jewish ancestry on the paternal side of my family – my grandfather’s family immigrated from Austria. The conflation coming from the unhinged #Resist crowd is maddening. It’s just plain wrong.

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More on the San Antonio ICE office shooting

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First thing this morning, Taylor looked at the shooting that took place at the ICE offices in San Antonio. While we can all be grateful that nobody was injured (though someone apparently missed taking a headshot by a matter of inches), I wanted to circle around and hit a couple more details. The first thing to note is that they took a suspect into custody earlier, but later cleared the person of any involvement and released them. Perhaps more interesting (and valuable) is the evaluation of these events from San Antonio Field Office Director Daniel Bible. (KENS News)

ICE ERO San Antonio Field Office Director Daniel Bible says the national discourse surrounding ICE and the topic of immigration is reckless, blaming today’s shooting on politicians, media and activists.

“This attack at the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) Field Office in San Antonio is completely without justification,” said Bible. “Political rhetoric and misinformation that various politicians, media outlets and activist groups recklessly disseminate to the American people regarding the ICE mission only serve to further encourage these violent acts. ICE officers put their lives on the line each and every day to keep our communities safe. This disturbing public discourse shrouds our critical law enforcement function and unnecessarily puts our officers’ safety at risk.”

Let’s keep in mind that this isn’t an isolated incident. Here are the attacks on ICE offices just from this summer.

Aug. 13 – San Antonio, TX
July 16 – Washington, DC
July 14 – Tacoma, WA
July 12 – Aurora, CO

The next thing to note is that most of the media appears to be treating this shooting as a “local news story,” as we so often say. As I’m writing this post this morning, I have seen a grand total of one mention of this on CNN today, though I suppose it’s possible I missed one. And there hasn’t been any deeper analysis of why it happened, etc. Just the straight “who, where, when, how” type of journalism. I checked on their website to see if there was more coverage and tweeted the results of my search.

The thing is, you can’t have it both ways. If you’re going to blame Donald Trump’s rhetoric on immigration for shootings targeting minorities, you can’t simply turn around and ignore this. We have Democratic presidential candidates, “squad” activists, cable news anchors and editorials from major newspapers constantly demonizing ICE, calling for it to be abolished and blaming all manner of human misery on immigration enforcement offices who are simply upholding the law.

How can you observe all of this in context and not blame their rhetoric for the fact that people are shooting up or trying to bomb ICE offices and last night came within inches of murdering someone? The answer is that you can’t, at least if you want to label yourself as an unbiased observer of events.

We’re also seeing far too much conflation of the various moving parts in these stories. That’s another reason I wanted to follow up on Taylor’s post. While he covered the facts of the case as we know them so far and was careful to insist that nothing excuses the actions of the person or persons doing the shooting last night, he spends four long paragraphs on all the rest of the noise. He talks about videos of crying children whose parents have been detained and questions whether we have the constitutional right to enact immigration restrictions. Links to stories about “concentration camps” and a humanitarian crisis are included.

As far as I’m concerned, none of that has a place in the coverage of any of these attacks. If you disagree with current immigration law or the policies guiding the actions of immigration enforcement agencies, fine. Protest those. Work to change them. Vote for Democrats if you want the agencies abolished and the borders open. All of these are options open to one and all.

But the urgent matter of the moment is the fact that people are shooting at and trying to bomb federal offices and personnel and if this keeps up, our luck is going to run out sooner or later and someone is going to be seriously injured or killed. If you want to use your opposition to immigration policy as a reason to cheer on, excuse or simply ignore these attacks, you are no longer part of a political debate. You are sanctioning terrorism. And if you are one of those high profile individuals who are out there demonizing ICE and you’ve been blaming the President for inciting violence, you need to take a long, hard look in the mirror.

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FBI: Someone purposely shot at ICE offices in San Antonio

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The FBI is trying to find whoever opened fire on two Immigration and Customs Enforcement offices in San Antonio. The attack happened early Tuesday and, thankfully, didn’t injure anyone. FBI Special Agent in Charge Christopher Combs is pretty sure the shooter or shooters were purposefully targeting the offices.

“I don’t think there is a question that they knew which floor the ICE office is on,” he declared to reporters while expressing unease about future attacks. “To fire indiscriminately into any building is not an act of a protest but an act of violence.”

Interim USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli posted a picture taken from inside San Antonio’s ICE Offices.

Yikes.

Combs also said bullets barely missed an ICE employee by several inches. His anger is obvious and justified. “These shootings were cowardly, brazen, violent acts, absolutely without justification and a threat to our entire community. An attempt to attack federal employees is a federal crime with serious consequences. The FBI will relentlessly pursue every lead in this case to find the individuals who are responsible.”

The shooter or shooters will hopefully be captured, charged, and punished. The violent act, along with the Washington state man who tried to bomb a Tacoma ICE facility, does nothing to help the foul stench of rhetoric circling this country about ICE. The coming onslaught of counter rhetoric from those who support the agency’s mission will also do nothing to help the discussion. Both sides will simply be emboldened to hurl literal and figurative bombs at one another like they were snowballs or, given the current heatwave baking the country, water balloons.

This isn’t saying ICE’s hands are unsullied like someone who has just taken a long shower. The agency deserves plenty of criticism for its methods on the border regardless if one wants to use the words “concentration camp” or a “humanitarian crisis.” The images of ICE-run family units are disconcerting no matter which White House administration was involved and the 100-mile border zone is quite problematic. The fact over 800 U.S. citizens in Texas ended up in ICE custody due to a failure of the agency to let them prove their citizenship is troublesome and alarming.

However, no one wants to have a real discussion about why ICE exists and the country’s current laws regarding who can and cannot immigrate. The argument is not along the lines of whether the Constitution, specifically Article I, Sections 8 and 9, prohibits the federal government from enacting immigration restrictions or if “uniform rule of naturalization” means an equal number of immigrants from every foreign country should get visas. It isn’t on the difficulty of securing a green card, either, or why frozen molasses moves quicker than the United States at approving visas.

Instead, politicians and pundits lock arms and butt heads over the symptoms of the problem. It’s far easier to generate campaign donations and gin up outrage if you’re vowing to “do something” over an obvious problem with images of crying children and parents. Nothing ever changes. It’s as if this nation is on some sort of proverbial hamster wheel where the same arguments are spewed over and over ad infinitum with no end in sight. Any serious proposal is put through the regulatory process where debate is limited and only encourages the executive to exert more power over the legislature.

This failure of the federal government to follow its own rules – along with humanity’s propensity to behave its worst – is why someone believes it’s a-OK to start shooting at ICE offices. There is no justification for what happened early Tuesday because someone could have been injured or killed. The unfortunate part is no one will take a deep dive into what may be the actual cause and potential solutions. It’s far easier to treat the symptom than the actual disease.

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Axios to Trump on Castro ad: It’s a trap

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In more ways than one, actually. Julián Castro’s new ad might not be terribly newsworthy on its own, but it’s the ad buy that promises some fireworks. What will happen, Axios’ Alexi McCammond wonders, when Donald Trump catches Castro’s accusations while watching his favorite show on television?

The prediction: Tweets will be made, my friends, tweets will be made:

Why it matters: The ad is a way for Castro to show voters he’s not afraid to directly take on Trump.

  • “Julián isn’t afraid of Donald Trump or his bigoted agenda, and will continue to expose his racism and division until he defeats him next November,” Maya Rupert, Castro’s campaign manager, said in a statement.
  • If Trump responds to the ad on Twitter, it could also help Castro’s campaign with exposure and fundraising.

The state of play: Castro is placing a small ad buy — just $2,775 — for three spots throughout the day on Fox News in Bedminster, N.J., where Trump is spending the week at his private golf club.

It’s a brilliant strategy, both in its concept and its frugal application. If Castro can get just one Trump tweet out of this ad buy, the ROI rate would challenge the Venezuelan inflation rate. It’d bring days of earned media to a Castro campaign that is very much sucking wind in the Democratic field at the moment. His RCP average at the moment is below 1%, and the last time he hit 2% or better in a media-sponsored poll was at the end of June in the WaPo/ABC survey. He needs a miracle to get into the next debate.

To paraphrase Die Hard: “You asked for a miracle? I give you @. Real. Donald. Trump.”

It seems doubtful that it would be enough to raise Castro in the field. Trump has gone directly after Robert “Beto” O’Rourke directly too, and it hasn’t done much to lift his fortunes. Both men might need to start thinking about Plan B for 2020 at this point, especially if neither of them makes the stage for the September debate. That August 28 deadline for qualification has to be what Castro has in mind for this Hail Mary; if he can’t make that or the later deadline for October’s debate, it’s over anyway. Why not put some petty cash on a Roulette wheel and see if you hit the jackpot?

The ad itself is also a trap, but not one that will snag Trump. Castro accuses Trump of inciting the El Paso mass shooting his with rhetoric, but that same logic might apply in reverse to another shooting at an ICE facility overnight:

A man was taken into custody after he allegedly fired shots into an Immigration and Customs Enforcement office, San Antonio Police said.

The incident took place around 3:15 a.m. Tuesday in the 1700 block of NE Loop 410 at the Jefferson Bank building.

It’s not the first violent attack on an ICE facility this summer either. Last month, police shot and killed an Antifa supporter who firebombed an ICE parking lot in Tacoma. Castro’s fellow Democrats have been hyperventilating for months about ICE being Nazis who run “concentration camps.” If Trump’s rough rhetoric about immigrants is responsible for the El Paso shooting, Democrats are responsible for the violence directed at ICE facilities and employees.

That’s a trap Castro sets for himself and his party. Don’t be surprised if Trump springs it on them, maybe from his Twitter account.

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Mississippi employers “willfully” hired illegals and should be prosecuted

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That big set of raids on seven Mississippi businesses employing hundreds of illegal aliens is turning up some interesting data. The fact that nearly seven hundred of their workers were in the country illegally and ineligible to hold jobs is bad enough, but it’s increasingly clear that the employers knew about it and were actively engaged in breaking the law.

Six of seven Mississippi chicken processing plants raided Wednesday were “willfully and unlawfully” employing people who lacked authorization to work in the United States, including workers wearing electronic monitoring bracelets at work for previous immigration violations, according to unsealed court documents.

Federal investigators behind the biggest immigration raid in a decade relied on confidential informants inside the plants in addition to data from the monitoring bracelets to help make their case, according to the documents.

The sworn statements supported the search warrants that led a judge to authorize Wednesday’s raids, and aren’t official charges, but give the first detailed look at the evidence involved in what Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials have described as a yearlong investigation.

These employers are facing a lot of trouble, as well they should. One spokesperson for Koch Foods (one of the chicken processing plants that was raided) said they have, “a strict and thorough employment verification policy.” Seriously? Some of the employees were literally wearing ankle monitors from previous illegal immigration arrests. ICE reports that many of the workers were using their real names, but made-up social security numbers.

Mississippi has a law on the books making the use of E-Verify mandatory when hiring. (It’s optional at the federal level.) If they ran any of those names and SSNs through the system they would have immediately seen that they weren’t legitimate. The investigation also suggests that some of the plant managers were submitting fraudulent timecards for imaginary workers and then keeping the paychecks for themselves. There was a lot more going on here than just illegal immigrant employment violations.

The real problem is that so few executives at companies engaged in this activity are ever convicted and sentenced. You can deport all 700 of those illegal aliens and another 700 will show up to take their place in short order. ICE has been getting better about prosecuting the employers (the owner of a Tennessee meatpacking plant was sentenced to prison last year for similar charges) but it’s an uphill battle. Too often, the owners claim that they simply didn’t know it was going on and some low-level drone takes the fall. Others employ contracting firms to supply them with workers, shifting the blame to those third parties.

As I mentioned above, deporting the workers, while necessary, isn’t going to fix things in the long run. If you eliminate the source of jobs for illegal aliens, the motivation to cross our border illegally drops significantly. Some of us were discussing this on Twitter last night and it seems to be an area where both sides can support such a solution. As of this writing, this tweet I put up yesterday evening has already garnered more than 4,000 likes, roughly a thousand retweets and hundreds of replies.

Meanwhile, all the media is focusing on today is the crying children whose parents were detained. That’s not going to solve anything. The children of legal workers – immigrant or native-born – don’t need to worry about their parents being taken away. We can do better at shutting down illegal alien employment. We must do better.

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The Hill: Why won’t Biden answer our questions on “sanctuary cities”?

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The correct answer? Pure political calculation, my friends, pure political calculation. Joe Biden has a comfortable and stable lead in Democratic presidential-primary polling despite being a punching bag in two prime-time debates. That means never having to clarify your thinking on a hot-button issue that plays very differently in the primary than it will in a general election.

Or even very differently in different primary cycles, as The Hill notes:

When Biden was running to be the Democratic presidential nominee in 2007, he was unequivocal when asked at a debate about whether he would allow sanctuary cities to ignore federal law.

“No,” he responded.

That was then, when Democrats at least pretending to care about border security, and this is now, when open borders is the progressive cause du jour. Why step up to the plate to clarify the sanctuary-city position when challengers like Kamala Harris tie themselves in knots justifying decriminalization of illegal immigration?

Better to just keep attacking Trump and ignoring the questions:

Earlier this year, the Biden campaign released a statement saying that the former vice president opposes Trump’s “crackdown” on sanctuary cities, including the efforts to starve the municipalities of federal funding.

“[Biden] believes that the Trump Administration’s approach to immigration, including its crackdown on sanctuary cities and especially its repugnant treatment of migrant children, is contrary to our values as a nation,” said spokesperson Andrew Bates.

But the Biden campaign did not respond to several follow-up questions from The Hill about whether he supports any enforcement efforts designed to ensure cooperation between local and federal officials in sanctuary cities.

If and when Team Biden gets around to clarifying this, they have a perfectly good way to frame it — at least in a general election. Biden can claim that comprehensive immigration reform would moot the need for sanctuary cities. That would be a fantasy, of course; any immigration policy that still enforced the law would prompt urban progressives to declare their cities “sanctuaries.” That’s exactly what happened during Barack Obama’s administration, the very same one around which Biden has fully wrapped his arms in order to campaign for The Restoration.

Biden might not be able to duck the question for much longer, though, not if ICE continues to conduct massive sweeps such as the operation in Mississippi this week:

Federal agents raided several companies across Mississippi on Wednesday, rounding up hundreds of immigrant workers in what federal officials said might be the largest worksite enforcement action ever in a single state.

In a coordinated sting, more than 600 agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement showed up at the sites with federal warrants that allowed them to search the premises. About 680 immigrants who were believed to be working without legal documentation were apprehended and taken away on buses. …

The raids were by far the largest to occur since Mr. Trump took office, and the biggest since December 2006, when more than 1,200 people were swept up in a raid at several units of a meat processing company.

The national media are focusing on the children who have been left parentless by the arrests, making the issue more acute for presidential contenders:

After ICE agents took approximately 680 workers at seven Mississippi food processing plants into custody on Wednesday in the largest single-state immigration raid in U.S. history, 11-year-old Magdalena Gomez Gregorio tearfully begged for her father’s release.

“Government please show some heart, let my parent be free with everybody else please…” she said through sobs. “…My dad didn’t do nothing. He’s not a criminal.”

Gregorio’s father was one of hundreds of undocumented immigrants rounded up by ICE during the raids, which had apparently been planned for more than a year.

The girl’s defense of her father is both heartbreaking and understandable, but it’s also incorrect. Entering the country illegally and working without a proper visa are criminal acts, and ICE is tasked with enforcing those laws passed by Congress. They don’t make up the laws out of thin air, after all. When we arrest criminals in the US for other reasons, they also get separated from their children, but that responsibility is on their shoulders, not those who enforce the law.

This story will likely increase pressure on Biden to recalculate his reluctance to weigh in on sanctuary city policies, but it’s a trap. If he backs sanctuary cities, he’ll lose votes in the general election among those leery that Democrats want to open the borders and allow indiscriminate crossings with no consequences. If Biden sticks to his 2007 position, he’ll lose ground with progressives who might be holding their noses and backing Biden as the only electable candidate to take on Trump.

How long can Biden hold out? He must hope that this story will fade before the next Democratic debate. The Hill shouldn’t wait by the phone for Biden’s return call in the meantime.

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Cincinnati prepares for community defense of illegal aliens, no deportations

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The Cincinnati City Council is moving fast to counter the Trump administration recent approval to put fast track deportations into place. Next month legislation is expected to pass that will “protect and assist” illegal aliens and refugees.

Five of its nine members, plus the councilman who introduced the motion last week have endorsed the creation of a Rapid Response Network. Councilman P.G. Sittenfeld fully expects all nine members to unanimously pass the legislation during the first week of August.

“Because of the current occupant of the White House … we the City of Cincinnati need to be proactive when it comes to protecting members of our community,” Sittenfeld said. “If you pay our taxes, if you are raising your family here, if you are adding to the diversity of our neighborhoods – and all of our immigrant and refugee families are doing this – you’re absolutely a member of our community.”

In order words, the city council is forming a network to provide sanctuary for illegal aliens and to fight ICE raids, detentions, and deportations. The city’s help extends beyond traditional freedom to stay as a resident despite legal status. The Rapid Response Network will provide free legal aid and other services. Sittenfeld announced the action at a press conference Thursday. The bad Orange Man in the White House is to blame, you see. The administration’s latest immigration policy is described as “draconian” in the motion.

The Immigrant and Refugee Law Center, a non-profit, will take charge and provide free legal aid to immigrant and refugee families. The executive director admits that ICE hasn’t even been conducting raids in Cincinnati but detentions in the area have increased, with more anticipated.

The formation of the network follows City Council giving $50,000 to the Immigration and Refugee Law Center in the budget passed in June.

LeMaster said that although the network will be led by the law center, it will be a collaboration including city officials and other community partners, such as the YWCA, Cincinnati Compass, the Cincinnati Regional Coalition Against Hate, Hispanic Chamber Cincinnati USA and the Junior League of Cincinnati’s RefugeeConnect, among others.

“People really want to be able to do something concrete to make a difference right now,” LeMaster said. “People want to make Cincinnati a welcoming community for everybody.”

You should note that Ms. LeMaster conflates immigration with illegal immigration. That one word makes all the difference. It’s the difference that brings about an ICE raid in the first place. It’s nice that Cincinnati wants to be a “welcoming community for everybody” but everybody includes those who have entered the United States illegally – lawbreakers. The Cincinnati Regional Coalition Against Hate, one organization in the group of collaborators, exhibits a common trope in its name. It is not hateful for residents of a city to want law and order, which includes enforcement of immigration laws.

How many times have Democrats said this week that no one is above the law? Well, that includes illegal aliens and refugees who didn’t follow the proper process in place.

The fast track deportations are for illegal immigrants who have been in the country for less than two years. These illegal aliens are not the ones the open borders crowd refer to when they demand amnesty for all. They aren’t the ones who have lived in communities for decades and raised families. These deportations are for those who have been here a short time – less than two years – and they are meant to ease the backlog of cases pending in immigration courts now. The new policy gives immigration agencies the ability to deport without court hearings.

Expedited removal of illegal immigrants began in 1996, long before the bad Orange Man was on the scene. Bill Clinton signed immigration law reforms and in 2004 during George W. Bush’s administration, expedited removal was used to deport illegal immigrants. This included individuals who entered without authorization if they are caught within two weeks of arrival and 100 miles from the Canadian or Mexican border. In 2017 President Trump tweaked the expedited removal system again.

On January 25, 2017, President Trump issued an executive order which directed the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) to dramatically expand the use of “expedited removal” to its full statutory extent. On July 22, 2019, the Department of Homeland Security announced that it would carry out the full expansion. As of July 23, 2019, expedited removal may be applied to individuals who are undocumented, or who have committed fraud or misrepresentation, and who are encountered within the entire United States and who have not been physically present in the United States for two years prior to apprehension.

The 100-mile rule has been eliminated with fast track deportation. Deportations can happen anywhere in the country. The two week period is now a two year period. Opponents of more stringent deportation measures point to the increased authority this gives to immigration officers. The burden of proof is with the illegal immigrant, not the law enforcement officer. This is where concern about “show your papers” demands comes in.

Immigration lawyers are advising clients to have a plan.

Orendain also tells clients to have a folder handy — either at home, in the car or at work — with copies of lease agreements, employment verification letters, or other paperwork that shows they’ve been in the country for at least two years.

Clients who haven’t been in the country for two years need to be careful, he advised.

“What I’m telling my clients is — definitely if you don’t have the two years — you have to be careful,” Orendain said. “If you do have the two years, try to have as much proof of being here with you at all times — as long as it’s practical.”

If only we had a Congress that actually did its job and reformed immigration laws instead of relying on executive orders to handle the current crisis on the southern border. It would be a great place to start.

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Neighbors form human chain to obstruct ICE officer making arrest

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Here’s something I hope doesn’t become the beginning of a disturbing trend. In a suburb of Nashville, Tennessee, an ICE agent arrived at the home of an illegal alien to make an arrest. The suspect was sitting in his van with son and the officer blocked them off from escaping with his own vehicle. What should have been a fairly routine detention then took a turn for the weird. Neighbors began showing up, delivery food, water and gasoline to the suspect, eventually forming a human chain to block the ICE agent while the man ran back into his house. (The Hill)

A group of neighbors in Hermitage, Tenn., formed a human chain Monday morning to prevent an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent from trying to bring a man into custody.

News Channel 5 Nashville reported that an ICE vehicle had blocked the man, who was inside his van with his son, from leaving his driveway.

Over the course of the morning, neighbors brought the man water, gas and wet rags to allow him to remain in the van, according to the outlet. After about four hours, the group formed a human chain to allow the two to run from the vehicle and enter their house.

By the time all of this was over, local police were on the scene as well, but they didn’t step in on either side of the standoff. They were only there to keep order, not to assist with immigration enforcement activities. (See: sanctuary policies.)

The problem for the ICE agent was that he had an administrative warrant. This authorized him to detain the suspect, but not to forcibly remove him from his home or vehicle. Once the illegal alien left the vehicle to head for the house the agent could have arrested him had he not been blocked by the human chain of neighbors.

First of all, this type of obstruction is illegal and it has nothing to do with immigration law. In Tennessee, Prevention or Obstruction of Legal Writ or Process is a Class A misdemeanor. Depending on the circumstances, additional charges may be brought that are felonies. The ICE agent was following the law by refraining from attempting to remove the man from his vehicle. But as soon as the neighbors moved to block to officer from reaching the illegal alien, they were in violation of the law.

If this town has sanctuary policies in place forbidding the local police from assisting ICE, that’s one thing. But that doesn’t mean that they can blithely stand by and watch a crime being committed just because it proves to be an inconvenience to immigration enforcement. The neighbors were breaking the law, but the local police were negligent as well. This establishes a very damaging precedent and they should all be held to account or we’re going to be seeing this all over the country.

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