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Trump Administration Wasting Immigration Enforcement Resources on the Harmless

In a reversal of Obama era policies, even immigrants who've committed no other serious crimes are having cases reopened for deportation.

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Hostility toward immigrants, even as their presence here is a benefit or at worst no problem, remains a prime motivator of Trump administration ideology.

Reuters reports today about how Trump-era immigration enforcement is in many cases knowingly expending enforcement time, money, and power on undocumented immigrants who are clearly no threat to public safety.

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Trump's immigration enforcement authorities are reopening cases of "hundreds of illegal immigrants who…had been given a reprieve from deportation," Reuters says, under Obama-era policies designed to focus only on those undocumented immigrants who had committed other serious crimes.

Reuters reports that 1,329 immigration cases have been reopened, relying on data from the Executive Office of Immigration Review (EOIR). For comparison, "The Obama administration filed 430 similar motions during the same period in 2016."

Immigration attorneys say some of the cases involve "people who haven't committed crimes or who were cited for minor violations, like traffic tickets."

Under Trump's new policy, "while criminals remain the highest priority for deportation, anyone in the country illegally is a potential target." Reuters was able to examine 32 reopened immigration cases, which they say "aren't generally public."

They found:

–Twenty-two involved immigrants who, according to their attorneys, had not been in trouble with the law since their cases were closed.

–Two of the cases involved serious crimes committed after their cases were closed: domestic violence and driving under the influence.

–At least six of the cases involved minor infractions, including speeding after having unpaid traffic tickets, or driving without a valid license.

Two specific examples include Gilberto Velasquez, a house painter, cited for driving without a license in Tennessee (where it's illegal for him to have one) and a woman who had her case reopened because immigration officials discovered her criminal history from back home in El Salvador. She had been arrested for selling pumpkin seeds on the street without the proper license.

"Motions to reopen closed cases have been filed in 32 states, with the highest numbers in California, Florida and Virginia, according to Reuters' review of EOIR data," Reuters reports.

Like so much of Trump policy involving a feared "other," whether in immigration or trade, these policies waste resources and harm innocent lives for no gain other than assuaging irrational fear.

To show that when it comes to the highly emotional issue of immigrant-hatred, no amount of pointless restrictionism is enough, the immigrant hawks at the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) are mad at Trump for not being relentless enough in booting peaceful, harmless people from their homes.

CIS is complaining in a press release today that the Trump administration has continued to give "access to work permits, driver's licenses" to 192 "new illegals a day" under a continuation of the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program that began under Obama, and which CIS wishes Trump would eliminate as he promised. DACA applies to certain non-citizens who arrived here as children.

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  1. “To show that when it comes to the highly emotional issue of immigrant-hatred, no amount of pointless restrictionism is enough, the immigrant hawks at the Center for Immigration Studies (CIS) are mad at Trump for not being relentless enough in booting peaceful, harmless people from their homes.”

    Actively continuing the order (he himself campaigned against) seems like a good reason to be mad. It’s just one step forward and one step back with him currently, no idea why he wouldn’t just quietly stop processing applications if he was scared to make a big move. And far from “no amount…” CIS has even talked about acceptable amnesty deals, sadly.

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      1. Forget illegal immigrants, when are we going to get serious about deporting spambots?

  2. -Twenty-two involved immigrants who, according to their attorneys, had not been in trouble with the law since their cases were closed.

    If you’re an illegal migrant, you are by definition already “in trouble with the law”.

    1. Everyone commits crimes every day, especially if you own a car. But that’s not your real issue, is it?

      1. Do you get out of tickets by pleading you haven’t committed any other crimes?

      2. Tony ought to apply his talent for mind reading in high stakes poker games. Of course, if he loses he is not likely to pay off his bet, which is bad etiquette among card sharks,

      3. You are right that everyone in the USA commits crimes every day. Just not federal felonies for entering the USA without permission.

        Most people commit offenses like speeding, jaywalking and other infractions or misdemeanors.

      4. Tony, being a retarded sociopath must make life really easy for you. Being disengenuos and arguing false equivalencies must come naturally to you.

      5. Everyone commits crimes every day, especially if you own a car.

        Well, that may be true for you, it’s not true for most people.

    2. In Christian National Socialist Germany, being jewish was a deportable offense, and “trouble” is kind of an understatement for what those laws meant to “violators”. I see kids deported all the time. Most of them would like to have freedom at home, but the US government uses CIA, FATF, AML, TF, CFT, DNFBP, IRS-CID, INL, ICRG, GIABA, GAFISUD, FSRB, FIU, FinCEN, EAG, DARE, PIAB, OFBCI, Waffen-DEA, NSA et alii to destabilize any effort to organize a libertarian party or repeal superstitious prohibition laws in their fascist dictatorships of origin. The effect is the same whether it is the Islamic Sheiks or Methodist White Terror setting up the fanatical religious autocracy.

      1. Notice how Hanky the historically illiterate liar capitalizes every official term of address except “Jewish”, since he’s a fucking piece of shit racist in addition to a deranged, lying conspiracy theorist.

        1. I’m fairly sick of his shit too. Thank you for also calling him out on it.

      2. Only Nazis are opposed to Open Borders!

      3. Christian National Socialist Germany

        Makes the Catholic Church’s opposition to the Nazis all the more baffling.

        1. Yeah, those Nazis were SOOOOO Christian.

        2. The Catholic church made several decisive deals with the Nazis: Prelate Kaas of the Catholic Center Party cast the deciding votes for the Enabling Act, installing Hitler as dictator of Germany, and they concluded the Concordat and several other lucrative agreements with the Nazis.

          The fact that the Catholic church secretly opposed the Nazis and clearly understood how evil Hitler was makes the moral failure of the Church only the more contemptible.

  3. During the campaign, Trump (correctly) lambasted Obama’s unilateral amnesty program as illegal and pledged to stop it on day one. But not only did he not stop it, DHS has continued to process renewals and even new applications, for illegal aliens who did not already have this two-year renewable work permit.

    Cut the guy some slack, he’s busy building a wall and renegotiating treaties, bombing the shit out of ISIS and locking up Hillary, repealing Obamacare and resetting the tariff schedules, draining the swamp and priming the pump. He’s got his yuge hands full enough as it is, even the Smartest Man In The World can only do so much with 24 hours in the day, a pen and a phone and a baggie full of crank.

  4. No distinction between legal and illegal immigration = no credibility.

    1. Trump’s immigration enforcement authorities are reopening cases of “hundreds of illegal immigrants who…had been given a reprieve from deportation,” Reuters says, under Obama-era policies designed to focus only on those undocumented immigrants who had committed other serious crimes.

      What’d you say?

      1. He probably meant the glowing reports that immigrants have literally never committed a crime anywhere in the entire history of the United States. Which even while conflating legal and illegal immigration are still absolutely fucking bullshit, comparing immigrants to American citizens who are in abject poverty and living in the most violent parts of the inner city. “Immigrants commit as much crime as poor blacks in Baltimore” doesn’t sell quite as well as “immigrants only commit as much crime as similarly-situated Americans”.

        1. He probably meant the glowing reports that immigrants have literally never committed a crime anywhere in the entire history of the United States.

          Bit hyperbolic no?

  5. This is great news! Once the abuse gets too unbearable to ignore, we should have no trouble getting naturalized immigrants to vote Libertarian. GO-Pee prohibitionists will label us “no-borders” whackos, but the platform only takes 20 minutes to read and see those claims are lies. A similar tactic was used by Republican Justin Smith Morrill of Vermont to tarbrush revenue-only tariff proponents as “free trade” fanatics. In fact, the low tariff was the small government position and protective tariffs the tax-and-spend policy of Red Republicans pressing for another tariff of abominations.

    1. Yeah, the illiterate MS-13 members and Mexican SEIU bathroom scrubbers just can’t wait to get on your libertarian train.

      1. Actual Facts on Hispanics in the US, immigrants and otherwise:

        PEW Research on Hispanic Americans

        http://www.pewresearch.org/fac…..democrats/
        Hispanics Lean Democratic over 3 to 1

        http://www.pewhispanic.org/201…..-religion/
        Hispanics Want Bigger Government Providing More Services over 3 to 1

        Progressitarians: Yay! We need more big government voters to usher in Libertopia!

    2. Hank and his obscure references that he thinks make him sound educated. Piss off fucktard.

  6. You say “other” serious crimes, as if they already committed a crime. What was the first crime?

    An unauthorized crossing isn’t a crime, I’m pretty sure. (or overstaying a visa either.)

    1. Improper entry is a crime, unlawful presence is a civil offense. Both are punishable by deportation.

      1. 8 U.S. Code ? 1325 – Improper entry by alien
        fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than 6 months, or both

        1. Thank you

      2. So to clarify, there a lot of deportable people who have never committed any crimes at all.

        1. They’re in a basket of deportables.

        2. People are deportable because they have violated the law and committed illegal acts.

          Whether you call that a “crime” is nitpicking.

      3. Spending a lot of money to pursue, imprison and deport illegal aliens who have never committed a crime other than crossing the border (or maybe illegally selling pickles in Guatemala, whatever..) is the wrong priority and a waste of money. Direct the money where it will do the most good and deport the major drug dealers, and violent criminals. It’s not a question of whether overstaying a visa is a crime. It is a crime. However, it’s not the best use of tax dollars to go after the harmless while the harmful are hanging around. And building a wall is not as cost-effective as discouraging illegal immigration by discouraging the employers of illegal immigrants. Fine the employers!

  7. In my younger days, there was a guy in town who was usually good for a nickel bag even when the weed was all dried up, for 10 bucks one of his “girlfriends” would throw in a hand job. We’d go over there, party a bit, have a couple of beers and drive back home with a good buzz on. Nobody had a business license, the place wasn’t even zoned commercial, nobody filed a 1099 or paid any income tax over there as far as I know. A whole evening of lawless debauchery in one package.

    Now, if your first thought is I should be thankful for the statute of limitations rather than who gives a rat’s ass?, you can talk about the law is the law and illegal immigrants got to go for that fact alone. But you probably should be talking over on some site other than a libertarian site where “respect my authoritah” is a joke rather than a serious consideration. “The law” don’t mean shit for debate purposes, you gotta come up with a better argument than that.

    1. Wow, what a true rebel badass you are. You and J.D. Tuccille should start up a local branch of the braindead homeschool club where drug cartels and 1930’s gangsters running booze are heroic models of citizenship for children.

    2. Weed and a hand job, man you are so cool. You sound like one of those awesome hippy dudes who went on to become the assistant manager of the local pick n pay. I think your brain is clouded, the law can be changed if people don’t like it. Unfortunately people like yourself make it hard for anyone to take a libertarian seriously because it seems like they are more concerned about legalizing pot than the stifling theft going on in Washington DC. A better argument might be that these people coming in are here to vote Democrat and grow big government. They come from repressive governments and spread the viral thinking of government taking care of individuals from birth to grave. You know like dudes from California moving to Nevada to Texas, voting for the same idiots that ran them out of their state due to all the over burdening taxes.

      1. “it seems like they are more concerned about legalizing pot”. Along with the majority of Americans. A lot of that stifling theft is perfectly legal, the cost of the unconstitutional War on Drugs. The WOD is an expensive, futile, large-scale violation of civil and human rights.

        1. You are correct much of the stifling debt is perfectly legal because we import more Democrats and dependents rather than give our people a kick in the butt to get to work. As for the War on Drugs is fault of certain types who will end up selling their babies for crack. Something like that gets on the news and the women will cry to the end of the earth for someone to do something. This is why we can’t have nice things, certain people screw it up. The people selling this stuff butcher people all the time and yet drug users support them and have no respect for their neighbors. Your perspective changes when a junkie who last week stole your gutters for crack money is now using your front porch for a toilet.

    3. You can have rule of law or rule of man.

    4. You can’t have libertarianism unless you have the rule of law dumb ass. How many here from commenters from Venezuela or North Korea.

      The older I get the more libertarianism is like a 14 year old kid. Idealistic but completely ignorant of the real world.

  8. Trump’s immigration enforcement authorities are reopening cases of “hundreds of illegal immigrants who…had been given a reprieve from deportation,” Reuters says, under Obama-era policies designed to focus only on those undocumented immigrants who had committed other serious crimes.

    Like these ones, right Doherty, you lying piece of shit? Or maybe these ones?

    Go suck daddy Obama’s cock some more.

    1. Pretty much. I noticed he barely acknowledges that all these poor deported folks were illegals. Them acts like they could t have even tried to come here legally. Like it is t even possible.

  9. To show that when it comes to the highly emotional issue of immigrant-hatred, no amount of pointless restrictionism is enough

    To the Open Borders crowd, no amount of border control is too little.

    First they made up birthright citizenship, now it’s “well, we’re giving retroactive birthright citizenship to all illegals for up to 18 years after birth”.

    Is it 21?
    26, now that Obamacare has declared everyone a medical dependent til 26?

    To dismiss border controls as “pointless” is the usual brain dead tactic to simply deny that anyone could have any reason to oppose your policy beside “pointless” hate hate hate hate hate.

    “Reason” – you should change the name to “Muh Feelz”

    1. It’s crap like dismissing our sovereign borders that makes libertarians look like fringe crack pots. I am embarrassed to show an article like this to anyone I would want to take libertarianism seriously.

  10. …not to imply that there are any harmful ones, that is…

  11. Hostility toward immigrants, even as their presence here is a benefit or at worst no problem, remains a prime motivator of Trump administration ideology.

    Trump is hostile to illegal immigrants. They are not a net benefit, and they cause plenty of problems even when they are not criminal.

    Reuters reports today about how Trump-era immigration enforcement is in many cases knowingly expending enforcement time, money, and power on undocumented immigrants who are clearly no threat to public safety.

    Good. As a group, those people drag down average incomes, increase income inequality, and likely consume more in government services than they pay in taxes. That’s in addition to the simple legal argument that failure to enforce the law breeds contempt for the law.

    1. Mark, please don’t use terms like ‘income inequality’. That is a progressive term. Much like using the language of Tak and the Unformed, nothing good can come of it.

      1. Mark, please don’t use terms like ‘income inequality’. That is a progressive term.

        Why not? Progressives complain about increasing income inequality and attribute it to free markets. I think it is very much worth pointing out to them that increasing income inequality is, to a significant degree due to progressive policies themselves, like support for illegal immigration.

        Pointing out that progressive objectives and progressive policies are in conflict with one another doesn’t constitute an endorsement of either.

  12. Good. They all need to go back. I know I know. U cheap cocksuckers will have to pay more for your miserable crap and some children won’t get raped but that is ok.

    Proximity + diversity = war.

    Hey Brian, how many illegals do house? None. Fuck you.

  13. What I really hate about you some libertarians is thAt you don’t have to live with the fallout of your stupid fucking open borders and other stupid policies. Your kids don’t get raped. You don’t lose your job. Fuck, you work for a none profit. Sheltered from competition. Pussies fucking preaching about how it is ok for You to compete but not them.

    1. Also, their schools aren’t packed with children who barely speak English and whose parents are functionally illiterate.

  14. “Hostility toward illegal immigrants….”
    FTFY

  15. Federal law enforcement agency enforces federal law. Film at 11.

  16. even immigrants who’ve committed no other serious crimes are having cases reopened for deportation

    I consider violating the borders of the US a “serious crime” that justifies deportation. So do pretty much all other nations on this planet.

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