The Trump administration is following through on Trump’s promise to make our streets safer by removing dangerous illegal immigrants.
Beginning late on Saturday, a nationwide effort to cut down on the number of illegal aliens was launched, beginning in a number of cities, of which New York City is the most notable.
The action would target thousands of illegal immigrants who have already received orders to leave the country, targeting people in at least 10 cities. They began over the weekend in “a number of jurisdictions,” according to a senior administration official.
In an exclusive interview on “FOX & friends,” Acting ICE Director Matt Albence said while he couldn’t speak to anything specifically from an operational perspective, the overarching concern when the agency conducts any sort of enforcement operation is “the safety and security of both our officers that are conducting the operation as well as the public.”
“We are doing targeted enforcement actions against specific individuals who have had their day in immigration court and have been ordered to be removed by an immigration judge,” Albence told Fox News’ Griff Jenkins. “We are merely executing those lawfully issued judge’s orders.”
Albence, who pointed out that using the term raid does everyone “a disservice,” added the agency is focusing mainly on those who had had the opportunity to make an asylum claim in front of an immigration judge and chose not to do so or didn’t appear for their first hearing.
The acting director added that ICE gave those individuals the opportunity back in February to arrange for an orderly process to be removed from the country, which saw a response rate of only 3% of those who received the letters.
“At this point, we have no choice but to go out and execute those lawfully-issued removal orders from an immigration judge,” he told “FOX & friends.”
Mark Morgan, acting commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, told “FOX & friends” on Sunday that the raids were about “enforcing and maintaining the integrity of the system.”
“This is about the rule of law,” Morgan said. “Those individuals who remain here illegally, especially those who’ve received due process more than any other nation in the world would provide someone that came here illegally, to including those with final orders, that there are consequences to those that remain here illegally. That’s what today is about. “
Morgan is the former head of ICE and decided not to share details about the raids. He did however, rightfully criticize the mayors of the cities where the raids are being launched who have decided to push back, calling their actions “unconscionable”
“This is about going after individuals here illegally,” he said. “Any city, any law enforcement agency that resists, does not cooperate, they’re actually putting those cities in higher danger.”
Trump commented on the action, saying that authorities were “focused on criminals as much as we can before we do anything else.”
“It starts on Sunday and they’re going to take people out and they’re going to bring them back to their countries or they’re going to take criminals out, put them in prison, or put them in prison in the countries they came from,” the president said.
This crackdown will surely help to clean up our streets, removing these dangerous criminals who refuse to leave.