Trump Calls Some Criminal Illegal Immigrants “Animals,” Suggests Oakland Mayor Obstructed Justice
President Trump on Wednesday encouraged the Justice Department to investigate Oakland’s Mayor Libby Schaaf for “obstruction of justice,” after she tipped off immigrant communities about an Immigration and Customs Enforcement sweep. Mr. Trump made the comments in a California “sanctuary state” roundtable at the White House, with Attorney General Jeff Sessions feet away down the table.
The president also called some illegal immigrants not human, but “animals,” after Fresno’s sheriff expressed the difficulty in capturing and punishing illegal immigrants accused of crimes, such as members of the MS-13 gang.
“We have people coming into the country, or trying to come in, and we’re stopping a lot of them, but we’re taking people out of the country,” Mr. Trump said. “You wouldn’t believe how bad these people are. These aren’t people. These are animals.”
ICE Ramps Up Workplace Arrests for Immigration Violations
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has dramatically increased enforcement of workplace violations over the past seven months, making the most arrests in five years and doubling the number of open investigations. The effort has been championed by the Trump administration and has been carried out by federal agents across the country.
But immigration advocates have accused the administration of violating detainees’ Constitutional rights and creating an environment of fear in the immigrant community.
In December, when ICE announced its end-of-year arrest numbers, Homan said the agency would increase workplace enforcement by “four to five times” the current rate. While individual raids have garnered national attention, the new numbers released by ICE Monday give a clearer picture of the scope of the increase in the enforcement by the agency.
Immigration Recalls 8,543 Green Cards
U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services announced Monday that 8,543 people will have to return their Permanent Resident Cards, also known as Green Cards, because of a production error.
The federal agency indicated that the cards were printed with an incorrect “Resident Since” date and mailed between February and April 2018.
According to a statement from the immigration agency, those affected were the spouses of U.S. citizens who applied for residency under form I-751, a petition to remove conditions on Residence. Because of the technical error, the agency will notify those affected or their attorneys.
North Carolina Voters Oust Sheriff Who Backed Trump’s Immigration Policies
Sheriff Irwin Carmichael has backed the immigration program known as 287(g), in which local law enforcement agencies work with Immigration and Custom Enforcement to hand over undocumented immigrants that were arrested on unrelated crimes.
Carmichael defended his county’s participation in the program, even pushing back against critics who said “that we’re ripping families apart” on Fox News. “I always tell everyone, you will never ever encounter this program unless you are arrested and charged with a crime,” he said.
GOP Congressional Candidate Channels Trump with Attack On New Jersey Aid to Undocumented Students
Veteran state Assemblyman Jay Webber is now a Republican candidate for Congress in the Age of Trump, which helps explain his attack last week on the first major benefit Gov. Phil Murphy bestowed on immigrants.
Webber, a conservative Morris County attorney, is unhappy with a law Murphy signed that extends college financial aid to undocumented immigrants who graduated from New Jersey high schools.
He asserted, the law confers an advantage on undocumented students that’s denied to veterans. “It’s not simply a giveaway. It’s an unfair takeaway,” Webber argued in a statement from his legislative office using a sentiment likely to resound in his GOP primary election fight for Congress.
Trump Renews Call for Immigration Crackdown
Speaking outside the U.S. Capitol, Trump called on lawmakers to fund his proposed border wall, pass new measures cracking down on so-called sanctuary cities and end what he called “catch and release” immigration laws.
“We don’t want it anymore. We’ve had it. Enough is enough,” Trump said at the National Peace Officers’ Memorial Service. He said current policies “release violent criminals back into our communities” and put police and border patrol officers’ lives at risk.
Republican Candidate Announces “Deportation Bus Tour” for Undocumented Immigrants
Georgia Senator Michael Williams premiered a commercial on Tuesday promoting a bus tour that would send undocumented immigrants “back to where they came from.”
“We’re going to implement my 287(g) deportation plan that is going fill this bus with illegals to send them back to where they came from,” said Williams. “We’re not just going to track them and watch them roam around our state, we’re going to put them on this bus and send them home.”
California Governor Slams Trump for “Lying” About Immigration at Sanctuary City Roundtable
California Gov. Jerry Brown (D) took aim at President Trump Wednesday for his comments at a roundtable on so-called sanctuary cities in California, saying that the president was “lying” about immigration and the state’s laws.
“@RealDonaldTrump is lying on immigration, lying about crime and lying about the laws of CA,” Brown tweeted, including a Pinocchio emoji. “Flying in a dozen Republican politicians to flatter him and praise his reckless policies changes nothing,” he continued. “We, the citizens of the fifth largest economy in the world, are not impressed.”
Trump Blames Democrats for Laws That Force Immigration Agents to Break Up Families
President Donald Trump blamed Democrats for immigration laws that force federal immigration agents to break up families during a roundtable to discuss California sanctuary state policies.
“We have to break up families,” Trump said on Wednesday. “The Democrats gave us that law. It’s a horrible thing, we have to break up families. That Democrats gave us that law and they don’t want to do anything about it.”
The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has come under heavy criticism from advocates for allegedly separating families at the border as a deterrence measure and was sued by a Congolese woman seeking asylum who was separated from her young daughter for months, until DNA testing during the court proceedings confirmed their relationship.
Jeff Sessions Adds 300 Prosecutors to Fight Opioids, Crime and Immigration Offenses
U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions is adding more than 300 new prosecutors around the nation to fight the opioid epidemic, violent crime and immigration violations.
The 311 new assistant attorney positions are set to be announced Thursday and will mark the biggest addition of prosecutors in decades, the Department of Justice said.
The prosecutors will be deployed throughout the U.S. with 190 focused on violent crimes, 86 on civil enforcement and 35 on immigration-related crimes.
ICE Arresting More Non-Criminal Undocumented Immigrants
Immigration agents allowed to go after any undocumented immigrant are arresting more people throughout the U.S., an increase fueled by rounding up people without criminal records, according to federal data released Thursday.
Over the first full 14 months of the Trump administration, 69% of undocumented immigrants arrested by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents had a criminal record. Over the final two years of the Obama administration, that number was 86%.
Those numbers show the radical change in immigration enforcement implemented by President Trump, who issued new directives to ICE shortly after taking office in January 2017. Despite his campaign vow to go after “bad hombres,” Trump instructed ICE to arrest any undocumented immigrant its agents encountered, which has led to the sharp increase.