Tuesday, May 7, 2024

Feeling the Pain of the Illegal Migrant INVASION: Democrats' Sanctuary City Policies Cause Quality-of-Life Issues for Americans; Why Is Biden Implementing Immigration Policies Few Americans Favor?

Feeling the pain of the illegal migrant invasion:
Democrats' sanctuary city policies cause quality-of-life issues for Americans
“Yesterday my eldest son’s soccer team could not play one of their scheduled games because migrants refused to leave the field the league had permits for, even after the cops came and told them they needed to leave,” Maud Maron, a self-described liberal, posted on X this week.
“Finally, the ref said it was too late to start the game and left. Two teams of high school boys, in uniform, with their coaches present and a valid permit, could not play a soccer match in NYC because our city has become lawless,” she continued. “Not the biggest issue or problem, but so ugly and so diminishing to the quality of life.”
Also this week in New York, hundreds of illegals showed up at City Hall, demanding better treatment, work permits and shelter from lawmakers. Some were waving signs reading “New Yorkers for immigrant justice.” This is as Democratic Mayor Eric Adams reserved $53 million in taxpayer funds to offer illegal migrants prepaid debit cards.
The mayor said that debit cards should be used for food and other necessities. He said the move would actually save New Yorkers money, as in a single day last November, 5,000 city-provided meals were left uneaten and discarded by migrants, whom the city has also pledged to feed and provide housing.
The New York Times estimates 180,000 illegal migrants have flooded the city in the last two years, with 60,000 of them residing in city shelters.
Heading west to Denver, Democratic Mayor Mike Johnston announced last week a $45.9 million taxpayer package to fund programs for the “newcomers” this year, on top of the $44 million in spending already secured and reserved for illegal migrants. The move was made viable in the city budget after cutting more than $8 million for Denver’s police department and a $2.5 million haircut for the city’s fire department.
This is as the Denver Police Department has finally gotten a handle on a violent crime surge, although its crime rate still has not returned to pre-pandemic levels. --->READ MORE HERE (or HERE)
Why Is Biden Implementing Immigration Policies Few Americans Favor?
During a recent interview, I was asked: “Why is Joe Biden implementing immigration and border policies that have such harmful effects and such little popular support?” Next to questions about how many illegal migrants the administration has released into the United States (which I recently attempted to calculate, impeded by the administration’s lack of transparency), it’s the most common query I receive, and the hardest to answer succinctly. But here goes.
The Mayorkas “Guidelines” Memo. On September 30, 2021, DHS Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas issued a memo captioned “Guidelines for the Enforcement of Civil Immigration Law” (“guidelines” or the “Mayorkas memo”). It directs ICE officers and attorneys to consider certain “aggravating” and “mitigating” factors before they investigate, question, arrest, detain, prosecute, or remove deportable aliens (collectively: “enforcement action”), with limited exceptions.
The aggravating factors are more general and objective, relating to the alien’s specific criminal offenses and prior criminal history, while the mitigating factors are more individual and subjective, having to do with the alien’s age, health, eligibility for relief from removal, and — interestingly — whether any of the alien’s family members were in the military or worked for the government.
The Mayorkas memo is quick to explain that the “foundational principle” for such considerations is the executive branch’s inherent authority not to take enforcement action in specific cases, known as “prosecutorial discretion”:
It is well established in the law that government officials have broad discretion to decide who should be subject to arrest, detainers, removal proceedings, and the execution of removal orders. The exercise of prosecutorial discretion in the immigration arena is a deep-rooted tradition.


In exercising our discretion, we are guided by the fact that the majority of undocumented noncitizens who could be subject to removal have been contributing members of our communities for years. They include individuals who work on the frontlines in the battle against COVID, lead our congregations of faith, teach our children, do back-breaking farm work to help deliver food to our table, and contribute in many other meaningful ways
That justification leads to what is probably the most-quoted lines in that memo, Mayorkas’ directive to all DHS immigration-enforcement-officers:
The fact an individual is a removable noncitizen therefore should not alone be the basis of an enforcement action against them. We will use our discretion and focus our enforcement resources in a more targeted way. Justice and our country's well-being require it
If you want to know why, as my colleague Jon Feere recently reported, the number of criminal aliens removed from the United States has plummeted, those excerpts from the Mayorkas memo explain it. Burglars, murderers, and sex offenders have families, too, and when viewed through that Mayorkas lens, some of them deserve to stay. --->READ MORE HERE
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