DHS Secretary John Kelly Tours Border Region Amid Surge in Immigration Enforcement…

The mostly swamp media (MSM) are twitchy triggered with reports of increased Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) activity.  Specifically AP (HERE) and Reuters (HERE) are highlighting new ICE crackdowns in several U.S. cities.   The media allude to the latest outcomes as part of President Trump’s enforcement approach toward immigration law.

In the interim, DHS Secretary John Kelly has been touring the border region with ICE and Border officials.  Yesterday he gave a press conference describing what he has seen, and answering questions from reporters.  Well worth watching:

Interestingly, Secretary Kelly is personally going on pre-dawn sweeps (knock and talk) with the ICE officers, and actually going into border tunnels to get a first hand look at the challenges for both DHS units.

US Border Patrol agents Colleen Agle (R)

(Reuters) U.S. federal immigration agents arrested hundreds of undocumented immigrants in at least four states this week in what officials on Friday called routine enforcement actions.

Reports of immigration sweeps this week sparked concern among immigration advocates and families, coming on the heels of President Donald Trump’s executive order barring refugees and immigrants from seven majority-Muslim nations. That order is currently on hold.

“The fear coursing through immigrant homes and the native-born Americans who love immigrants as friends and family is palpable,” Ali Noorani, executive director of the National Immigration Forum, said in a statement. “Reports of raids in immigrant communities are a grave concern.”

The enforcement actions took place in Atlanta, New York, Chicago, Los Angeles and surrounding areas, said David Marin, director of enforcement and removal for the Los Angeles field office of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Only five of 161 people arrested in Southern California would not have been enforcement priorities under the Obama administration, he said.

The agency did not release a total number of detainees. The Atlanta office, which covers three states, arrested 200 people, Bryan Cox, a spokesman for the office, said. The 161 arrests in the Los Angeles area were made in a region that included seven highly populated counties, Marin said.

Marin called the five-day operation an “enforcement surge.”  (read more)

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(Via AP) […]  Despite the claims that this is business as usual, an indication of the changed tactics came earlier in the week when Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly testified before Congress. He told lawmakers immigration agents expressed frustration about that they were not fully allowed to enforce immigration laws under the Obama administration. He predicted Trump’s directives would end that frustration.

“I think their morale has suffered because of the job they were hired to do, and then in their sense, they’re … kind of hobbled or, you know, hands tied behind their back, that kind of thing,” Kelly told the House Homeland Security Committee. “And now, they feel more positive about things. I bet if you watch the morale issue, you’ll … be surprised going forward.”

Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan, who was previously in charge of the agency’s enforcement and removal operations, earlier this month made a point of noting that his agents would enforce the law.

In at least one case, it seems clear that Trump’s order changed someone’s fate. Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, a mother of two in Phoenix, was arrested nearly a decade ago for using a false ID to get a job as a janitor at an amusement park. She pleaded guilty to a felony charge, but the government during the Obama years declined to deport her despite her being in the country illegally. On Wednesday, she showed up at the ICE building in Phoenix for a scheduled check-in with immigration officers and was swiftly deported to Mexico.  (read more)

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Ms. Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos deported on Wednesday night following her 2008 arrest for stealing two identities, and using a stolen Social Security number of a man who doesn’t live in Arizona.

Garcia de Ravos was convicted of felony fraud in 2013 and given a criminal deportation order.  She exhausted all her appeals, and was not actually deported until February 2017.

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584 Responses to DHS Secretary John Kelly Tours Border Region Amid Surge in Immigration Enforcement…

  1. andi lee says:

    Austin Teachers Union wants to warn illegal immigrants their “rights”?….LOL! What rights?

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    • School districts routinely threaten teachers that they are not to share information about illegal aliens’ illegal status with any agency or person.

      They have forced teachers to become aiders and abbetters of criminals, then have forced them to garner time, resources, and attention to ESL students, thieving from American citizen students.

      The educational system has been overthrown by Democrat/Communists and the use of Nazi tactics implemented to keep educators in cahoots.

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  2. redsequin4 says:

    We can thank Ted Kennedy for the mess created by the 1965 Hart-Celler Immigration Act, which single-handedly changed the demographics of this nation in just 50 years. Kennedy pushed hard for this devastating bill and made many promises on the floor of the Senate, saying the bill would not do all the things that it has done during the last five decades. This is part of what he said.

    So Much for Promises – Quotes Re 1965 Immigration Act
    Senator Edward M. Kennedy (D-MA)
    “Out of deference to the critics, I want to comment on … what the bill will not do. First, our cities will not be flooded with a million immigrants annually. Under the proposed bill, the present level of immigration remains substantially the same … Secondly, the ethnic mix of this country will not be upset … Contrary to the charges in some quarters, S.500 will not inundate America with immigrants from any one country or area, or the most populated and economically deprived nations of Africa and Asia. In the final analysis, the ethnic pattern of immigration under the proposed measure is not expected to change as sharply as the critics seem to think. Thirdly, the bill will not permit the entry of subversive persons, criminals, illiterates, or those with contagious disease or serious mental illness. As I noted a moment ago, no immigrant visa will be issued to a person who is likely to become a public charge … the charges I have mentioned are highly emotional, irrational, and with little foundation in fact. They are out of line with the obligations of responsible citizenship. They breed hate of our heritage.”(Senate Part 1, Book 1, pp. 1-3)
    http://www.vdare.com/articles/so-much-for-promises-quotes-re-1965-immigration-act

    Ted Kennedy’s America: 50 Years After the Law That Changed Everything
    http://www.breitbart.com/big-government/2015/10/03/ted-kennedys-america-50-years-after-the-law-that-changed-everything/

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  3. Rotten Johnny Sutton, US Attorney prosecuted many sheriffs and Border Agents for enforcing immigration laws including ten year felony convictions of INS agents Jose Campean and Ignacio Ramos for ‘ bringing a firearm to the scene of a crime’. RINO freshman rep Mickey McCaul (son in law of Clear Channel owner) appointment ‘chairman’ of Judiciary Commuted refused to hold hearings on his former boss Sutton. Finally Baby Bush ‘commuted’ sentence to time served, leaving felony convictions.

    President Trump….PARDON Ramos & Campean…. FIRE Rotten Johnny Sutton

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  4. Gail says:

    It is so refreshing and comforting to see that adults are in charge now. Finally. Thank you, God.

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  5. jeans2nd says:

    Seems like Gen Kelly has been a busy man.

    10 Feb 2017 –
    Re: the drug problem “Kelly emphasized the importance of a partnership with Mexico…
    (Kelly said) we know how to do this. We’ve done it before…We’re not even trying.”

    “On Feb. 7, Kelly spoke by phone with Mexican Government Secretary Jose Miguel Osorio Chong…

    Kelly planned to come to Mexico City very soon to meet with him (Chong) and map out the bilateral security agenda in greater detail. Kelly and Secretary of State Rex Tillerson both met with Mexican Foreign Minister Luis Videgaray in Washington yesterday (9 Feb), and Tillerson announced that he, too, would travel to Mexico soon.
    http://larouchepub.com/pr/2017/170210_kelly_wod_mexico.html

    Well, well, well.

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