This isn’t meant to be a rhetorical or sarcastic question. I’m genuinely interested in a rational, smart, answer. Because, well, I have yet to hear one.
Shouldn’t someone who breaks the law suffer the assigned legal consequences?
Our government conceives and implements laws, as well as prepares repercussions in the event those laws are broken. Not only is this process in place to maintain civic rest, but also to ensure that any infraction of each law is handled similarly. So, regardless of what the exact illegal activity is and my own personal opinions about that law, I understand that breaking said law will result in a specific punishment.
That said, why is this rationale so hard to apply to what happens to immigrants when they unlawfully enter the United States? If someone comes into the United States unlawfully, they are set to be returned to their home country.
I know — illegal immigration does not just affect individuals, but instead entire families and communities. And yes, tearing that apart, particularly because I understand and rely on the value of family, is heartbreaking. But, isn’t this the risk they ran when they decided to enter the United States illegally?
Further, why can’t fellow American citizens see that that immigration laws are created for our safety — and to ensure it!
Despite liberal outcry, Donald Trump’s administration is poised to be one of the hardest ever on illegal immigrants. Between the deportations lined up and “the wall,” unlawful “citizens” should be scared.
According to a USA Today report:
Immigration experts are trying to figure out exactly how [deportation and the wall] will work in a Trump administration.
And so far, it looks like he will be able to follow through on many of his pledges — with or without help from Congress.
“Generally speaking, any president has wide discretion when it comes to enforcing our immigration laws because immigration touches on national sovereignty,” said Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor at Cornell Law School and author of a 21-volume treatise, Immigration Law and Procedure.
The first, and possibly easiest, change Trump can make is redirecting the Department of Homeland Security to ramp up deportations. At the beginning of the campaign, Trump said all 11 million undocumented immigrants in the country must go. In the closing months, he talked more about deporting immigrants with criminal records — “bad hombres” — and opened the possibility of finding a way for some to remain in the country.
In an interview that aired Sunday on CBS’ 60 Minutes, Trump said he plans to immediately deport 2 million to 3 million undocumented immigrants. Trump said he would emphasize criminals before deciding about law-abiding families illegally in the country.
Trump would need congressional approval to hire more Border Patrol agents to monitor the frontier and Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to round up immigrants living in the interior of the country. Trump doesn’t need any new money to change the focus of the immigration agents who are already in place, said Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, an immigrant advocacy group.
…A president has very broad, unilateral discretion to determine which refugees — those fleeing war and other threats to their safety — are admitted into the country.
The number of refugees accepted by the U.S. each year is set exclusively by the president. President Obama has increased the number of refugees from 70,000 in 2015 to 110,000 in 2017. Trump repeatedly bashed that decision, saying refugees from countries like Syria were threats to national security because they had not been properly vetted and could include terrorists. The State Department says Syrian refugees undergo the strictest background checks.
As president, Trump could drop the total number of refugees to zero.
…Extending the 650 miles of wall or fencing that currently exist would require congressional approval because of the billions of dollars that the project would cost. Trump told 60 Minutes that in “certain areas, a wall is more appropriate,” but “there could be some fencing.”
Congress may need to create a legal mechanism to withhold remittances that Mexicans in the U.S. send back to their families in Mexico, a revenue stream that Trump says would help pay for construction of the wall.
So far, it looks like there’s interest on Capitol Hill. Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell, R-Ky., said on Wednesday that border security “is something I think ought to be high on the list.” And House Speaker Paul Ryan, R-Wis., said Trump has earned a “mandate” to implement his policy.
Source: USA Today