On Tuesday, Secretary John Kelly issued two memoranda to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) workforce providing further direction to implement the recent executive orders on border security and enforcement of the immigration laws.
The Department of Homeland Security on Tuesday began rolling out President Trump’s plans for a wider crackdown on people coming into the United States illegally. And the reaction by the so-called elite media is as predictable as it is dishonest.
For example, a CNN news story states: “The Immigrant Legal Resource Center said losing these workers would not only reduce the tax revenue that these employees generate but it would also diminish contributions to programs like Social Security and Medicare by a total of $24.6 billion. Over the course of a decade, the group estimates that payments to Social Security would be cut by $19.9 billion, while those made to Medicare would be reduced by $4.6 billion.”
CNN fails, however, to mention that the ILRC is a far-left advocacy group and CNN prints the organization’s statistics without mentioning the criteria used to formulate the costs. Rather than mentioning the costs incurred by citizens, CNN uses the President Barack Obama argument that illegal aliens actually help the U.S. economy. CNN also claims that in 10-years, the reduction in the illegal alien population will cause severe cuts in Social Security and Medicare. And by the way, the CNN news writer of the story, Octavio Blanco, is Latino. Which isn’t surprising since on Thursday government and political corruption watchdog James O’Keefe released videos that revealed newsroom shenanigans at CNN.
Blanco also takes liberties with the stories presentation showing a young kid and claiming he’s standing up to President Donald Trump in a David and Goliath scenario.
Constante Alvino Ore-Riveros, 64, is a citizen of Peru and a U.S. permanent resident. He is alleged to have sexually assaulted a 14-year-old girl in New Jersey. This is the only photograph in ICE’s possession.
The moves, outlined in the memos signed by DHS Secretary John Kelly, include an end to the policy of releasing people caught at the borders pending deportation hearings, hiring thousands more federal agents, sending more judges and officers to deal with asylum claims, enlisting more help from local police and speeding up removal proceedings for a larger number of people who are in the country illegally.
Everything outlined in the memos is covered by immigration laws already on the books and has been U.S. policy until Obama and a number of lawmakers decided to ignore those provisions with which they disagreed.
The memos also recommend authorities seek prosecution of parents who pay smugglers to bring their children into the United States — decisions that will ultimately be made by federal prosecutors.
The memorandum implementing the Executive Order entitled “Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior of the United States,” issued by President Donald Trump constitutes guidance for all DHS personnel regarding the enforcement of the immigration laws of the United States, and is applicable to the activities of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP), and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS). As such, it should inform enforcement and removal activities, detention decisions, administrative litigation, budget requests and execution, and strategic planning.
The second memorandum implementing the Executive Order entitled “Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements” establishes the President’s policy regarding effective border security and immigration enforcement through faithful execution of the laws of the United States.
Kelly’s memos are nearly identical to executive orders signed by Trump last month as part of his campaign promise to take a harder line on illegal immigration. The memos add detail on how the new priorities will be carried out by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
These moves are separate from Trump’s ban on travel from seven Muslim countries, which has been blocked by federal courts and could result in a newly written executive order this week.
The memos largely override previous orders from former President Obama.
But, significantly, the memos leave two orders in place: one concerning young people who came to the United States as children but were allowed to stay, known as “dreamers,” and another that allows parents to stay in the country if they came here illegally to join their U.S. citizen children. The second, however, has been blocked in federal court.
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Jim Kouri, CPP, is founder and CEO of Kouri Associates, a homeland security, public safety and political consulting firm. He’s formerly Fifth Vice-President, now a Board Member of the National Association of Chiefs of Police, a columnist, and a contributor to the nationally syndicated talk-radio program, the Chuck Wilder Show.. He’s former chief of police at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at St. Peter’s University and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country.