Tag: ICE

26 Democrats Defy Pelosi, Vote with GOP to Pass ICE Amendment in Gun Bill

Twenty-six Democrats dared to defy Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-CA) and sided with Republicans on a ICE amendment during a vote on gun control legislation yesterday.

In a 240-190 vote, the House passed a gun law yesterday that would require mandatory background checks individuals purchasing any firearms.

Towards the end of the vote, Republicans added an amendment that would require illegal immigrants who undergo these background checks be reported to ICE. The amendment ended up passing 220-209.

The Daily Caller reports:

Democrats initially rejected the amendment to alert ICE of illegals trying to purchase firearms earlier in February when the bill passed 23-15 by the House Judiciary Committee. House voting results from Thursday, however, show 26 Democrats voted in favor of the bill with the amendment. Of those 26 Democrats, 22 represent districts that were pro-Trump during the 2016 elections, and 18 were first elected in 2018.

According to Politico, socialist Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) was left fuming over the vote. Sources tell the publication that during a meeting yesterday, the lawmaker vowed to “alert progressive activists when Democrats are voting with the GOP on these motions.”

Congressman Richard Hudson (R-NC) told the Daily Caller that the ICE amendment left Ocasio-Cortez unable to make up her mind on how to vote on the gun bill–and he found it pretty amusing.

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“I thought it was pretty amazing to watch the Democrats try to decide ‘Do we want to protect illegal immigrants or do we want to confiscate guns more?’ It was kind of funny,” Hudson said at CPAC.

“You had Ocasio-Cortez, who actually voted yes then switched to no then switched back to present then switch back to yes,” he continued. “So watching them twist themselves in knots trying to decide what’s more important to them—protecting illegal immigrants or confiscating guns was pretty funny.”

Trump is Right – A Border Wall Worked for El Paso

During his recent State of the Union Address, President Donald Trump renewed his calls to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and strengthen border security. “The border city of El Paso, Texas, used to have extremely high rates of violent crime — one of the highest in the country and considered one of our Nation’s most dangerous cities. Now, with a powerful barrier in place, El Paso is one of our safest cities. Simply put, walls work and walls save lives. So let’s work together, compromise, and reach a deal that will truly make America safe.”

Trump later repeated his claim during his recent visit to El Paso, noting that while there were 1,200 murders last year in Mexico’s border-town of Juarez, there were just 23 in bordering El Paso.

Trump is correct that El Paso is one of the safest cities in America (with the third lowest rate of violent crime), though his characterization that it was once one of the nation’s most dangerous is incorrect. A better phrasing of the argument would be that El Paso simply saw a significant decline in violent crime after the construction of a border. Trump is correct that bordering Juarez is one of the most dangerous cities in the world, though they’ve seen significant declines in violence in recent years.

The Fact Checkers Fire Back

NBC’s Jane Timm wrote that “Violent crime has been dropping in El Paso since its modern-day peak in 1993 and was at historic lows before a fence was authorized by Congress in 2006. Violent crime actually ticked up during the border fence’s construction and after its completion,” a claim completely debunked by the chart accompanying her article:

CNN was even more dishonest and ran this graphic ignoring the implementation of Hold the Line in 1993 (more on that in a bit).

NBC must think we’re only supposed to pay attention to the 2009 border fence completion on the chart – but not the immense increase in border security that Operation Hold the Line brought. Hold the Line, also known as Operation Blockade, began in September 1993 and ran through 2001. The Operation was launched with 130 agents and 3 maintenance crews that were deployed to repair holes in the border (mostly chain) fence. A stronger border was built to replace the chain fence in 2008-2009. Over 400 Border Patrol agents were also deployed on the 20-mile stretch 24/7. According to a 1994 study by the U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform on the effects of Hold the Line, it had an immediate effect in thwarting illegal crossings:

The average gross number of apprehensions along the entire U.S./Mexico border declined by nearly 12,000 per month from FY 1993 to FY 1994 (from about 66,300 to about 54,500 per month). Most of this decline occurred because of the sharp drop in the El Paso sector, where apprehensions dropped by more than 10,000 per month. The dramatic effects of Operation Hold the Line can also be seen in the steep drop evident for the post-Operation months. Thus, as measured in these terms, Operation Hold the Line clearly has reduced the number of linewatch apprehensions in the El Paso sector substantially and, by implication, the flow of illegal crossers into the United States.

And there’s no denying that the wall is still working as intended, as the following chart from Rep. Dan Crenshaw of apprehensions in El Paso proves:

Increased border security drastically reduced illegal crossings (and crime), but the fact checkers are ignoring all that and pretending that El Paso only beefed up border security in the form of a border wall.  The U.S. Border Patrol agreed that Hold the Line was a success early on because it inspired a similar effort in San Diego which reduced illegal entries 75% just a few years after being implemented in 1994.

Violent crime in El Paso was cut in half from the time Hold the Line began until the border was completed, though it must be emphasized this doesn’t mean that entire decline (or even most) was due to the prevention of illegal immigrant crimes.  Illegal immigrants are only a sliver of the population of El Paso (3%), so even a 100% drop in illegal immigrant crime wouldn’t appear that dramatic in a chart. I only mention this because I don’t want to oversell the wall’s benefits in El Paso, which undoubtedly worked in stopping illegal crossings.

Unfortunately, until a full border is completed, there will always be cracks that illegals can slip through regardless of how well any stretches of border built so far perform. We know that 20-miles of border security and a wall worked in El Paso – only 1,400 miles to go.

Sheriffs Warn Congress: Immigration Deal Could Mean Thousands of Criminals on Streets

Thousands of American sheriffs signed a letter to Congress last week warning that a potential immigration deal limiting the number of beds available in ICE detention centers would force officials to release criminal illegal aliens into communities.

Over 3,000 members of the National Sheriffs’ Association and Major County Sheriffs of America signed the letter which warned that the Democrat-proposed cap of 16,500 detainees would “jeopardize” the immigration system and put communities at risk.

Negotiations on the proposed cap began in December when lawmakers attempted to avert the partial government shutdown over funding for the border wall.

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“Any legislation that reduces ICE’s detention capacity would hinder its ability to perform its national security and public safety missions, but also impact local law enfocements [sic] ability to protect the communities they serve. In order to meet the cap being tentatively proposed by Congress, ICE would be compelled to release thousands of aliens from custody,” the sheriffs state in the letter

The Blaze points out:

To achieve the proposed cap of 16,500 adult detainees, ICE would be required to release 9,264 adults. This is concerning, the law enforcement organizations said, because 72 percent of ICE’s current detainee population is “subject to mandatory detention due to the alien having certain convictions or having committed certain acts.”

Also, more than 90 percent of ICE arrests constitute illegal immigrants with existing criminal convictions — not illegal immigrants whose only offense is living in the U.S. illegally.

President Trump reacted to the latest Democratic stipulation on ICE detention centers, tweeting, “I don’t think the Dems on the Border Committee are being allowed by their leaders to make a deal. They are offering very little money for the desperately needed Border Wall & now, out of the blue, want a cap on convicted violent felons to be held in detention!”

Senator Lindsey Graham (R-SC) reacted on Sunday to the proposal, promising Fox News the president would never sign a bill that would limit ICE’s ability to detain violent criminals.

“I promise you this. Donald Trump is not going to sign any bill that reduces the number of bed spaces available to hold violent offenders who come across our border. He can’t do that. He won’t do that,” he said to Maria Bartiromo.

The senator said the proposal “incentivizes more violent people to come to the United States” and “at the end of the day, they’re making it impossible for the president to work with them if they’re reducing bed spaces for violent offenders.”

For the full story, click HERE.

Illegal Immigrant Involved in Shootout with Police is DACA Recipient

ICE agents confirmed yesterday that an illegal immigrant involved in a shootout with an Arkansas sheriff’s deputy was in the United States as an Obama-era DACA recipient.

The Washington Times reports that Luis Cobos-Cenobio, 29, faces charges of terrorism and attempted capital murder after opening fire on police in two separate confrontations after trying to escape a routine traffic stop last week.

Cobos-Cenobio’s shootout with Cpl. Brett Thompson of the Washington County Sheriff’s Office was caught on a dashboard cam and went viral.

Cobos-Cenodio had at least two prior arrests, including a misdemeanor charge in 2015, but as the Times puts it, “the Obama administration, which was in office at the time, concluded he wasn’t a danger, and declined to pursue deportation.”

ICE said that Cobos-Cenodio “did not lodge a detainer against Mr. Cobos-Cenobio in 2015 as he is a DACA recipient and did not meet the threshold for enforcement under the DHS enforcement priorities in place at that time.”

ICE claims Cobos-Cenodio also appears to have one other arrest for a misdemeanor charge earlier this year, however they were not notified so they could not place a detainer to initiate deportation.

The Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program began in 2012 after President Obama signed an executive order allowing certain illegal immigrants who entered the U.S. as children to delay immediate deportation for a period of two years.

According to U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services,  “Deferred action is a use of prosecutorial discretion to defer removal action against an individual for a certain period of time. Deferred action does not provide lawful status.”

Under the Obama Administration, nearly 800,000 individuals have received DACA status.

In January 2018, John Lott, founder and president of the Crime Research Prevention Center published a study on illegal immigration and specifically researched crime statistics of DACA-eligible individuals.

The study states: Young convicts are especially likely to be undocumented immigrants. Undocumented immigrants born after June 15, 1981 are eligible for Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA). While undocumented immigrants from 15 to 35 years of age make up a little over two percent of the Arizona population, they make up almost 8% of the prison population. These immigrants also tend to commit more serious crimes.

In September 2017, the Trump Administration announced it would be phasing out the DACA program and would not accept new applications. However, a lower court ruled the administration had to continue accepting renewal applications.