Orders of Deportation (Removal) = Orders of Protection for Americans

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By Michael W. Cutler

Senior Special Agent, INS (Ret.)
Senior Fellow, Californians for Population Stabilization

February 3, 2016

Time and again the open borders anarchists complain bitterly that deporting illegal aliens, including those with criminal histories, rips families apart. They equate the enforcement of our immigration laws with a lack of compassion and fairness.

It is time to lay waste to these false and misleading claims.

First of all, if illegal aliens could not enter the United States in the first place, the millions of illegal aliens present in the U.S. would still be with their families – back home. Enticing desperate people to enter the U.S. so that they can be exploited is not a demonstration of compassion. Flooding the labor pool to drive down wages – of citizens, lawful immigrants and illegal aliens alike – is not a demonstration of fairness.

Every year people are killed and assaulted by their own family members. In an effort to protect themselves and other family members from the violence of those closest to them, many victims of domestic abuse and violence seek “orders of protection” ordering the violent relative to stay away from his/her family. In a very real sense, orders of protection intentionally split up families, but for good reason.

Incredible sums of money have been spent on a multitude of programs to address the high rate of recidivism of criminals who, after serving jails sentences for their crimes, commit still more crimes upon release, thereby injuring and all too often killing more innocent victims. Indeed, prisons are often, aspirationally, referred to as being “Correctional Facilities” in the often fatuous hope that the prison experience will convince criminals to mend their predatory and sociopathic ways. Unfortunately, all too often, prisons provide ample opportunities for gangs to recruit members among the inmates who join those gangs upon release.

Aliens who are convicted of serious crimes become subject to removal (deportation) even if they had been granted lawful immigrant status before they were convicted. Removing criminal aliens from America effectively and efficiently removes the threat they pose to our safety and well-being.

Yet, incredibly, the administration and leaders of so-called “Sanctuary Cities” often decry and obstruct the immigration removal process which, if carried out effectively, could remove these criminal aliens who pose a threat to the safety and well-being of the residents of the communities in which they live and operate.

The politicians who label the removal of pernicious criminal aliens as being “anti-immigrant” blithely ignore what should be obvious, that the very immigrants who live in ethnic immigrant communities in which these criminal reside are at the greatest risk of falling victim to these violent predators who, under existing immigration laws, could be removed from the U.S.

Indeed, it is the violent deportable criminal aliens who are the most “anti-immigrant,” posing a threat to the safety and, in fact, the very lives of innocent immigrants.

This threat to the safety of immigrant communities is not limited to any racial or ethnic immigrant community, but is the reality for each and every immigrant community. Furthermore, no victim of violence would ever claim that the fact that their assailant was a member of their own ethnic community somehow mitigated their suffering or diminished the harm done.

Many immigrants from Third World countries enter the U.S. to experience freedom – freedom to worship as they wish, freedom to pursue their vocational and professional dreams and the freedom from violence and fear that our system of justice is supposed to provide.

Our government’s failures to enforce our immigration laws and the promises by politicians to provide lawful status to millions of illegal aliens serve to entice ever more criminals to enter the U.S. to ply their trades in our country. This is bad for America and Americans and certainly bad for immigrants who want to live in peace.

Any massive legalization program for millions of illegal aliens present in our country, as proposed by politicians from both parties, would be utterly unable to ferret out the criminal and terrorists from the huge numbers of aliens who entered the U.S. covertly, circumventing the inspections/vetting process conducted at ports of entry by CBP (Customs and Border Protection) inspectors.

It would be impossible to conduct in-person interviews or field investigations to verify the true identities of these aliens, leaving us all at risk.

Our nation is indeed supposed to be a “nation of laws.” Among the most fundamental of those laws are our immigration laws that were enacted to save the lives and livelihoods of Americans and must finally be enforced.

 

Tell your senators and representatives to end sanctuary city policies.

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