Widespread Fear, Felons Nabbed after Trump’s New Immigration Policy

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President Trump signed an immigration order five days after his inauguration that among other things, terminated the “catch and release” procedure, added 5,000 border patrol agents, and made provisions for greater coordination between federal, state, and local governments in implementing immigration policy. The new policy expands the categories of illegals to those who have not been convicted of a crime and also strips money from sanctuary cities which offer protection to illegal workers.

Last week, ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement) squads went into cities across the country to find and expel the most egregious violators of immigration law. In Los Angeles, 160 illegals were arrested during the raids, 150 of whom had felony convictions. Some were serious criminals, including convicted murderers, child sex offenders, and those who committed domestic violence. The next step for those caught is a hearing in immigration court before deportation. The court can override ICE when it deems necessary.

Widespread fear is being reported in Hispanic neighborhoods of cities such as Houston, Los Angeles, and Atlanta. ICE officials say they are casting a wider net under Trump than they were under President Obama. Hundreds of illegals were arrested in six states over the past five days.

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The story of Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos is giving some supporters of strict immigration policy cause to rethink their stance. Garcia de Rayos came to the U.S. illegally at age 14 and was convicted of a felony in 2008: using a falsified Social Security number. She was not deported or arrested, but told by ICE to check in every year. Last week, Garcia de Rayos, now age 35, came to check in with ICE, but instead of being released, was arrested and deported to Mexico. She is married to a U.S. citizen and they have two children.

Protests against the immigration executive order have sprung up in major cities all across America. Some radio stations have been warning immigrants to stay at home and not answer their doors. Immigration advocates such as the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights claim there was a surge in calls from attorneys reporting arrests and detentions, and that those taken into custody are not getting due process.

ICE officials denied that there was a spike in arrests or that the arrests were random. “The rash of these recent reports about ICE checkpoints and random sweeps, it’s all false and that’s definitely dangerous and irresponsible,” said ICE spokesperson David Marin. Another official says ICE prioritizes cases based on a number of factors, including criminal history.

Officials say that the majority of those detained were adult men, and no children were taken into custody. Ninety-five percent of those arrested were males.

Why this Matters: The raids are not new and immigration officials say that these were routine. There were 400,000 illegals deported under president Obama in 2012 alone, and he deported 2 million in total–more illegals than any previous president.

It seems the media may be exaggerating some of the facts and it’s very likely that “philanthropists” such as George Soros may have a hand in stirring up trouble.

In a previous story, Praying Citizen reported on the riot at the University of California, Berkeley in protest of the Milo Yiannopolous speaking event. The protesters became violent, hurting people and causing $100,000 in property damage. The event was cancelled by the University. Even so, not a single person was arrested!

Researchers found that the Berkeley protest was funded by billionaire George Soros. It goes like this: the Communist group Refuse Fascism organized and funded the protest. Refuse Fascism is funded by the Alliance for Global Justice, which gets its funding through the Tides Foundation, which is backed by Soros. Alliance for Global Justice is also funded by the City of Tucson, the United Steel Workers Union, Ben & Jerry, Patagonia, and the Peace Development Fund.

Back to immigration: No one likes to think about a mother being deported and leaving her husband and children behind. Yet, Garcia de Rayos came illegally and broke the law in order to get “documentation” so she could get a job. We should ask ourselves,

  • Did this action rob one of our citizens of a job?
  • As Americans, do we have the stomach to be this strict about immigration?
  • Does Congress need to change the law?

Pray for God’s leading as our President and lawmakers consider immigration. Pray that one good thing coming out of this media spotlight will be that other illegals may reconsider making the U.S. a destination.

Ps. 89:14 – Justice and judgment are the habitation of thy throne: mercy and truth shall go before thy face.

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