An immigration advocacy group called Make the Road New York, said that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) sweeps on Staten Island has netted five illegal immigrants from Mexico in the past week and a half. The raids began on February 2nd and continued on the 3rd, 5th and 8th of the month.
All five individuals who were apprehended by ICE were male and four of them have children who were born in the U.S., the group reported.
Make the Road (not to be confused with the anarchist group known as 'Make on the Road') believes several of the lawbreakers are in New Jersey detention centers for illegally coming into a sovereign country.
"What we've seen is that the incidents in Staten Island are consistent with what we've seen in the surge of ICE activity in the last week," Theo Oshiro, deputy director of Make the Road New York said, referring to the notion that the current administration actually stands behind the U.S. Constitution and ICE officials are now doing the job they've been hired to do.
Hundreds of illegal immigrants have been arrested in at least six states this past week for violating the sovereignty of the U.S. and pursuant to a Trump executive order signed in January.
The category of undocumented immigrants lacking proper paperwork has been expanded. Not merely focusing on illegal immigrants with violent criminal records, as the Obama administration did, ICE now has a mandate to nab illegal immigrants if they've ever been accused of any crime, even "where such charge has not been resolved."
The president has also signed executive orders calling for the construction of THE WALL on the Mexican border and to cut federal funding for sanctuary cities that offer safe haven to undocumented immigrants, including those with criminal backgrounds.
Carlos Vargas, of the Make the Road New York's legal services team said that in one case, two plainclothes officers approached a "hardworking" father at 5:30 a.m., showed him a few photos of other people for whom they were looking, and then arrested him. The "hardworking" illegal immigrant's arrest will now provide the opportunity for a "hardworking" legal U.S. resident to have a job.
"We do not know," Oshiro said regarding the question as to whether the individuals have criminal records. "What we do know is that the raids tear families apart and have a huge and negative impact on communities regardless of criminal records."
But not knowing about criminal records is inexcusable.
Juan Francisco Lopez-Sanchez, the illegal alien who killed Kathryn Steinle, not only had a criminal record, he had been deported five times! He kept returning to San Francisco where he was given 'sanctuary.'
If ICE and other border security officials were allowed to uphold the laws that are on record, Kate Steinle would be alive today.
Immigrants will always be permitted to come to America, but they need to get in line and do it the right way. Ironically, they all come from countries that do exactly what President Trump is finally doing.