The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) is preparing to deport up to one million illegal immigrants in the coming weeks as the two week hiatus announced by President Trump, nears an end.
As we’ve reported before the only people that have anything to worry about at the moment are those who have already had final removal orders, all due process considerations, yet still remain in our country, as CBS News reports:
The Trump administration’s top official at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS) said immigration authorities are ready to identify, detain and eventually deport approximately one million undocumented immigrants with pending removal orders.
“They’re ready to just perform their mission, which is to go and find and detain and then deport the approximately one million people who have final removal orders,” Acting USCIS Director Ken Cuccinelli said on “Face the Nation” on Sunday, referring to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) branch charged with removal operations.
Cuccinelli, an immigration hardliner who took the helm of the agency last month, said it is within ICE’s discretion to determine who among those with final orders of deportation will be targeted in operations, suggesting the full pool of approximately one million immigrants might not face deportation after all.
“They’ve been all the way through the due process and have final removal orders. Who among those will be targeted for this particular effort … is really just information kept within ICE at this point,” he added. “The pool of those with final removal orders is enormous.”
This seems like a reasonable first step that only an extreme open borders proponent could oppose.
After all, everyone who will be deported has been all the way through due process and have been ordered removed.
Further not all of the one million illegal immigrants in this pool will be deported, which suggests those with criminal records will be targeted first.
Once again President Trump is doing what he campaigned on, and promised to do. He’s also outfoxing his critics by making such a reasonable first step.