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In his campaign for president, Donald Trump was very clear in his thoughts about the U.S. cities where local officials refuse to cooperate with federal immigration authorities. He bashed these sanctuary cities relentlessly, and he vowed to do everything in his power to force them into compliance with the law.

Upon taking office, President Trump issued an executive order instructing the Justice Department to look at funding the White House could strip from those cities that continue to defy federal law. Presumably, that review is still taking place.

In the meantime, however, the Trump administration is beginning to apply public pressure on those cities in the form of weekly reports that name and shame jurisdictions where local police have ignored detainer requests sent to them by immigration officials.

The Department of Homeland Security published the first of these reports on Monday, identifying 118 police departments that refuse to honor detention requests. The report also listed 206 cases from a one-week period in which various cities refused to detain illegal immigrants who had been charged with a crime.

Thomas Homan, the acting director for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in a statement that sanctuary cities were a threat to America’s security.

“When law enforcement agencies fail to honor immigration detainers and release serious criminal offenders, it undermines ICE’s ability to protect the public safety and carry out its mission,” he said. “Our goal is to build cooperative, respectful relationships with our law enforcement partners. We will continue collaborating with them to help ensure that illegal aliens who may pose a threat to our communities are not released onto the streets to potentially harm individuals living within our communities.”

Ultimately, this “name and shame” method may actually work better than anything Trump can do to force these sanctuary cities into compliance. The courts have ruled that these cities have the right to reject ICE detainer requests, and they may also find that Trump cannot strip them of federal funding. But we doubt there’s a judge in America who can stop the president from exposing these cities to the public.

Some of these cities will never budge. They’re so liberal that they’re barely American anymore. They’ll fight to the last dollar to make sure illegal immigrants have a safe place in their communities, and that’s fine. There won’t be many. The rest will find the political pressure too much to bear. Your average Democrat voter is not that enthusiastic about shielding criminal Mexicans from deportation, and your average Democrat politician is going to realize that before too long.

And when the nation’s illegal immigrants start flowing into the 20 or 30 sanctuary cities that are left…well, it won’t be long before this whole house of cards comes tumbling down.


Cost to Florida

Trump Deploys Fifty Judges To Detention Centers To Expedite Deportations…

President Donald Trump is trying to keep his promise of deporting illegal aliens.

There’s an enormous backlog of cases pending deportation.

So Trump is working on changes to speed up the process.

The Metropolitan Detention Center is seen after ICE immigration raids in Los Angeles, California February 10, 2017. REUTERS/Lucy Nicholson
The Department of Justice is deploying 50 judges to immigration detention facilities across the United States, according to two sources and a letter seen by Reuters and sent to judges on Thursday.

The department is also considering asking judges to sit from 6 a.m. to 10 p.m., split between two rotating shifts, to adjudicate more cases, the sources said. A notice about shift times was not included in the letter.

Previously ‘expedited deportation proceedings’ only could be applied to those who had been in the Unites States under 2 weeks.
YoungCons comments

Now, instead of applying the expedited process to just those here up to two weeks, the process can be applied to those here up to two years.

That will go a long way to getting rid of the backlog of cases.

Moreover, ‘catch and release’ is now dead.

The order called for the end of a policy known as “catch and release,” by which immigrants were released from detention and given a date to appear in court. Immigration courts have a backlog of over 550,000 cases, according to the Justice Department’s data, so many court dates are set years into the future.
That resulted in people just leaving and never coming back.

Illegals Hold Protest Against Deportation – Then Are Immediately Detained by ICE

Then were quickly detained by ICE.
Daniela Vargas, and her father and brother were detained after the rally.

From The Gateway Pundit

It’s called borders.
The Clarion Ledger reported:

Moments after an immigrant spoke out about her fears of deportation, she was detained by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement.

Daniela Vargas, 22, was detained by ICE agents Wednesday morning, shortly after speaking at a news conference in downtown Jackson, according to her attorney, Abby Peterson.

The news conference was hosted by local immigration attorneys, churches and the Mississippi Immigrants Rights Alliance to bring attention to families impacted by deportation.

Vargas’ brother and father were detained outside their home by ICE agents in February. Vargas hid in the closet. When she was discovered by agents, she was temporarily handcuffed and then released.

Vargas was 7 years old when her family came to America from Argentina, placing her under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, immigration policy. Under the policy, DACA recipients have to reapply every two years. Vargas’ DACA is expired but her renewal application is pending.

Peterson said she told agents via telephone Vargas had a pending DACA case. However, agents reportedly told Peterson that Vargas was a “visa overstay” and will be detained.

La dreamer Daniela Vargas es detenida por ICE en Mississippi, poco luego de denunciar redadas en una rueda de prensa


John McCain may have served America with honor in the Vietnam war, but his attempt to be something for everyone is falling flat. In fact, McCain is so despised amongst Republican base voters that they are now calling him a traitor on Social Media.

But how can he be the most hated politician in America?

Easy: Democrats have hated him since 2008 when they trashed him against Obama. Now in 2017, McCain is angering the broad base of Republican voters by calling Trump a “dictator” and going overseas to trash the President.

So if Democrats dislike McCain for being a Republican, and Republicans hate McCain for kissing the butts of the Democrats, who the heck does he speak for?
No one knows.

Check out some brutal tweets.

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Sen. John McCain spoke out Saturday in defense of the free press after President Trump lashed out against the news media several times over the past week, at one point declaring it “the enemy of the American People!”

Such talk, McCain (R-Ariz.) said on NBC News in an interview set to air Sunday, was “how dictators get started.”

“In other words, a consolidation of power,” McCain told “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd from Munich. “When you look at history, the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press. And I’m not saying that President Trump is trying to be a dictator. I’m just saying we need to learn the lessons of history.”

Sen. John McCain spoke out Saturday in defense of the free press after President Trump lashed out against the news media several times over the past week, at one point declaring it “the enemy of the American People!”

Such talk, McCain (R-Ariz.) said on NBC News in an interview set to air Sunday, was “how dictators get started.”

“In other words, a consolidation of power,” McCain told “Meet the Press” host Chuck Todd from Munich. “When you look at history, the first thing that dictators do is shut down the press. And I’m not saying that President Trump is trying to be a dictator. I’m just saying we need to learn the lessons of history.”

The 80-year-old Republican senator was responding to several tweets by Trump over the past week, in which he repeatedly attacked the media as “fake news.” In one widely shared tweet Friday, Trump said the press was “not my enemy” but that of the American people.

[Enemy of the people: A history of use, from Nero and Hitler to Stalin and Mao]

In it, Trump tagged the New York Times, CNN and broadcast news networks NBC, ABC and CBS.

Immigration is Obama’s first battleground

“A nation that cannot control its borders is not a nation.” — Ronald Reagan

Former President Barack Obama is not finished with his deconstruction of the United States and the U.S. Constitution. Operating out of D.C., Obama has 30,000 minions who are spreading discontent throughout the country. He oversees his group, Organizing for Action, out of his mansion which is a stone’s throw from the corridors of Congress.

For the past eight years Obama has delivered endless excuses for Islamic extremism and expressed his disdain over America’s past. It seems apparent to me that Obama has political leanings which were taught to him by his Muslim father and stepfather.

After his first public statement since leaving office, The New York Post said this about the former president:

When former President Barack Obama said he was “heartened” by anti-Trump protests, he was sending a message of approval to his troops. Troops? Yes, Obama has an army of agitators — numbering more than 30,000 — who will fight his Republican successor at every turn of his historic presidency. And Obama will command them from a bunker less than two miles from the White House.

In what’s shaping up to be a highly unusual post-presidency, Obama isn’t just staying behind in Washington. He’s working behind the scenes to set up what will effectively be a shadow government…

Obama’s first battle-line is immigration and President Donald Trump’s promise to protect America’s borders. This was a key issue in the November election and a major reason why Trump won.

Under the Obama administration, somehow the word illegal took on a whole new meaning. Mainstream news regurgitates the plight of illegal aliens and reports favorably on the 41 sanctuary cities that protect them.

On December 12, 2016, The New York Times ran a story with a boohoo video of Latino children and this startling sentence, “Trump said he would crack down on and deport millions of undocumented immigrants.”

It just seems like common sense to me that if they are illegal they should be dealt with as any group that breaks the law. There are no sanctuary cities for bank robbers. That is because it is illegal to rob banks. But Mexicans and other Latin Americans are swarming into the country. The principal reason the flow of illegals has plateaued is because of the lingering recession that Obama failed to end.

Obama’s dream is America’s nightmare

Plainly, the bulk of illegal immigrants came to the country before Obama was president and before the 2001 DREAM Act, that Congress did not pass, which would have made it easier for undocumented (i.e. illegal) immigrants to get permanent residency. Obama is the biggest advocate of the DREAM Act or any legislation that would make it easier for illegals to enter and stay in the United States.

In 2012, after Obama understood that the DREAM Act was not going to be passed during his second term, he did what he is known for — he went around Congress.

On June 15, 2012, Obama announced that his administration would stop deporting young undocumented individuals who match certain criteria previously proposed under the DREAM Act. It is called the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, and as of January 2017, 740,000 illegals have taken advantage of it.

Charles Krauthammer told Chris Wallace of Fox News that Obama’s actions:

Beyond the pandering, beyond the politics, beyond the process — is simple constitutional decency. This is out-and-out lawlessness. You had a clip of the president himself say months ago ‘I cannot do this on my own because there are laws on the books.’ Well, I have news for the president — the laws remain on the books. They haven’t changed.

My personal battle to immigrate

When you get a president like Trump saying illegal aliens will be dealt with according to the laws on the books, cable news go wall-to-wall with segments showing children being ripped away from their deported parents and the liberals bring out the tissues for their tears. They paint it as if were the SS separating Jews from their children. And the evil behind this — they tell you — is Donald Trump.

Wake up! Immigration laws that Trump wants to enforce are the ones that have been around since the 1970s, with many of the current immigration laws set down during the presidency of Jimmy Carter, a liberal Caspar Milquetoast. So if Trump is a racist tyrant, so was Carter.

About the time President Ronald Reagan took office, I was one of the very few people that gave a rat’s rump over the plight of illegal immigrants. I cared because one arm of the U.S. government said I was entitled to a green card that provided permanent residency because my father was an American citizen. Another arm of the government disagreed and said my wife and I should be deported. That our three kids were American born? Tough luck!

The decision went before a judge who took years to decide. During that time I had a working visa. I accepted that if I lost my court case I would have to move back to Canada.

We won our court case. After being thoroughly vetted, my wife and I received our green cards. That meant I could finally stop worrying about deportation.

After a few more years I took my citizenship test and was again extensively questioned by an agent at the local INS office. This was a few years before anyone had heard of al-Qaida.

I remember one of the questions the agent asked me was how could I be useful to the nation if war broke out? That interview was in 1998. Nineteen years later, for Muslims that have no official records, the question should be, “Are you a radical and do you support a jihad against America?”

The fact is that Islamic extremism has never had so many devotees spread through so much of the world. This has happened during Obama’s two terms.

Much of the liberal crying and hand wringing about illegal aliens these past two months is orchestrated by Obama’s political army, Organizing for Action. You don’t have to even like Trump or be a Republican to understand that as president, Trump has the authority to impose a temporary ban on immigration from seven countries; the same seven countries identified by the Obama administration as the most dangerous nations in the world with regard to supporting Islamic terrorism.

I am not a racist but a realist

I hold Muslims in a different category than other religions. That doesn’t make me a racist. It makes me a realist. There are millions of Muslims that want to see Americans killed.

The Center for Security Policy released a poll in June 2015 showing that 51 percent of the 3.3 million Muslims living in America believe they should have a choice of being governed by Shariah law. More disturbing is that 700,000 Muslims already living in the country said that violence is justified in order to implement Shariah as the law of the United States.

Liberals do not understand this risk. But I know too many liberals who, misguided as they are, are very intelligent. Obama’s exaggerated compliance with many Islamic kings and dictators and his organization’s personal attacks on Trump show how divided the nation has become. And to his discredit, much of the fault rests with Obama.

Obama is an insult to the presidency and the nation

A few years ago I recommended a just-published book, The President’s Club, by Nancy Gibbs and Michael Duffy. The book is fascinating in that it shows how past presidents form a bond that not only stops them from criticizing the current commander-in-chief, but other former presidents as well.

Its genesis began when ex-presidents Herbert Hoover and Harry S. Truman joked about starting “a former presidents club” while visiting at the inauguration of President Eisenhower. The book traces the many deep friendships that happened between past presidents who shared one thing in common — they loved their country. One of the more strange friendships was between former presidents Lyndon Johnson and Richard Nixon; rivals in politics, confidants in retirement.

But in the end it boils down to common decency. In 2014, George W. Bush was asked why he never criticized Obama. Bush’s answer: “I don’t think it’s good for the country to have a former president undermine a current president; I think it’s bad for the presidency for that matter.”

Obama doesn’t have respect for either the office of president or the country itself. If the president does poorly, so does the nation.

Obama might be the only past president to think that is a good thing. Obama has created an organization that has as one of its tenants the ruination of Donald Trump. Obama is infusing so much hostility that Trump has little chance in making America great again.

Yours in good times and bad,

— John Myers


By John F. Di Leo –

There are about 95 million people of working age in America who are outside the workforce, some willingly, most unwillingly. They just can’t find jobs.

For as long as there have been movie theaters, there have been some kids who’ve snuck in without paying. Whether it’s for a single film or a double feature, they know as long as they’re in the theater that there’s a chance they may get caught. At any point, they might be asked to show their ticket stub, and if they can’t… they know they’ll be tossed out. If it happens, they won’t complain, they won’t threaten to sue, because they knew the risk all along, and they don’t want to make things worse. Every minute they’re in the building, they’re nervous… and they don’t really breathe easy until they’re out of there.

There are about 95 million people of working age in America who are outside the workforce, some willingly, most unwillingly. They just can’t find jobs.

For as long as there have been resumes and job applications, there have been some people who’ve lied on them. They may claim a college degree they didn’t earn, a past title they didn’t really hold, a past accomplishment they never really accomplished. And they may get the job as a result, but they know it’s unearned, and they’re rightly nervous every day… until they’re found out, and bounced out, as a result. When that day comes, they pack up their things in a box, and Security walks them out, on a day they always knew was someday bound to arrive.

There are about 95 million people of working age in America who are outside the workforce, some willingly, most unwillingly. They just can’t find jobs.

For as long as there have been shops, there have been robbers. They break in at night, perhaps on the weekend, and rummage around with their flashlights and their satchels, looking for the most valuable loot to steal before they make their escape. They know they don’t belong there; they know they’re violating the law by their very presence in a private store after the doors were locked. They’re nervous every second they’re indoors; terrified they’ll be caught, and rightly prosecuted, for the crime of being where they don’t belong, of taking things owned by others, of violating the property rights on which our nation and our economy depend.

There are about 95 million people of working age in America who are outside the workforce, some willingly, most unwillingly. They just can’t find jobs.

In all these cases, if the liar, the criminal, the gate-crasher has a family with him, that wife and kids are bounced as well.

If a father smuggled his whole family into the theater, they’re all kicked out upon discovery. If the executive, the professional, the professor who lied on his resume, had a family to support, it’s his fault when his kids no longer have someone to pay for their car and their college; the employer doesn’t bounce the resume-fraudster while continuing to pay the bills for his family! The father is responsible for the hot water in which he’s landed his children, not the company he defrauded by his lies or his trespassing or his burglary.

Whatever the crime may be, we must never forget who the responsible party is.

There are about 95 million people of working age in America who are outside the workforce, some willingly, most unwillingly. They just can’t find jobs.

And so it is, too, with our porous borders.

For generations, but especially in recent decades, despite there being an organized, legal way for foreigners to come to the United States, millions and millions of foreigners have bypassed that system and simply crossed our northern – or much more likely, our southern – borders… or arrived legally on a work, student, or tourist visa, then illegally overstayed it… either way, dropping out of the world of legality and consciously choosing to live in the shadows.

Some come to avail themselves of the generous welfare benefits of the New Deal and the Great Society – free food, free housing, free education, free healthcare, free utilities, if you have someone to show you which programs to sign up for, and how. And someone to help you get the fake ID you’ll need, to get the benefits that were intended only for indigent citizens, because that someone knows that once you’re here, you’re sure to vote their way.

Some come to join the criminal underworld, as dealers or carriers, as coyotes or gang bosses, as pimps or hookers. They come to take advantage of our relative wealth, our easygoing legal system, our teeming crowds and dark alleys. They come to steal, to injure, to destroy.

Others come to work hard, in construction or in restaurants, in landscaping or in factories, hoping to earn an honest living, perhaps so they can send money home to family in the countries they fled… although even here, we must always remember that, however hard they may work, they have to steal someone else’s Social Security Number to do it… breaking the laws of city, state, and nation just to be here. Since they don’t pay all the taxes a citizen pays, they can work for less, and so they do.

And there are some who don’t come here of their own choice at all: the infants and children of any of the above, even those born here after the illegal immigrants arrived. Brought here or conceived here by gate-crashing parents, these children never had a say in their fate. Still, it was their parents who put them in this position, not us, not our government. These children have no more permission to be here than their parents… but we Americans try to be fair, and generous, and compassionate; we don’t want to be cruel, so we find these cases particularly challenging.

These are all very different cases, varying in what kind of crime was intended through their presence. The active criminal and the passive welfare recipient, the gate-crasher with a work ethic and the child brought here by others. They’re all so different. Our hearts overwhelm our minds, and we feel sorry for them, and we resist meting out the punishment that gate-crashers deserve.

Why? Why is it so difficult to be firm?

Because our eyes are on the gate-crashers, who are so easy to pity. We have all heard of the conditions in Central and South America, in Africa and Asia, in Caribbean islands and Middle Eastern war zones. We imagine they come from the worst possible origins, and we can’t bring ourselves to apply the rigors of law enforcement and the stigma of deportation to these sufferers. There, we imagine, but for the grace of God, go we.

To address this problem properly, we simply must change our perspective.

We must stop looking at the illegal immigrants, and instead look at the Americans amongst whom these illegals have embedded themselves.

There are about 95 million people of working age in America who are outside the workforce, some willingly, most unwillingly. They just can’t find jobs.

We must keep our eye on the American citizens and green card holders (the legal immigrants, as opposed to the illegal aliens) – these are the people to whom our government owes its allegiance… and only them.

Now, what is the effect of these illegal aliens on our citizens and green card holders?

The working illegals take jobs that would otherwise be filled by citizens and legal immigrants. They are the reason that many of those 95 million unemployed don’t have work.
The working illegals drive the competitive wage down, so that even many of the citizens and legal immigrants who do work are paid less than they would otherwise be paid. It’s like the student whose grade alters the class curve; the mere presence of illegals in the workforce affects the going rate for everyone else.
The nonworking illegals raise the cost of government, by sucking up local, state, and federal dollars on the welfare benefits they enjoy but never earned. This raises the taxes of the citizens and legal immigrants, and reduces the benefits that ought to be available for those deserving citizens and legal immigrants.
All the illegals – as people of lesser cultures – contribute to the continued weakening of the American culture. Perhaps intending to (as with the islamists who pack sharia law in their luggage) or utterly unintentionally (as with the uneducated South Americans who know nothing of our Framers or the philosophy that made America the goldenah medina that it is), as long as these illegals are unassimilated into the American culture, their presence renders our nation less the America it once was, less the America that it was meant to be, and more the third world slum that these ambassadors of poverty left behind.
The criminal illegals – yes, it’s a redundancy, but the only way to refer to the robbers, gangsters, drug dealers, et. al. among the illegal population – also raise the cost of government, by necessitating more police, more courts, more public defenders, more jails. They raise the cost of our auto insurance, home insurance and business insurance, by raising the risk in our cities and other high crime areas. There’s enough crime without them; there’s so much more crime with them. They ruin property values. And of course, as criminals, they directly ruin the lives of their innocent victims.
As in all aspects of criminal law, it is only when we turn our eyes away from the criminal’s plaintive expression, and concentrate on their victims, that our eyes are opened, and we can clearly see what needs to be done.

Should we feel sorry for people suffering in other countries? Certainly.

We can donate to private charities that operate abroad. We can support trade agreements that help create jobs for them in their home countries. We can pray for them. And yes, we can and do offer a legal, organized, official way for a manageable flow of desirable foreign applicants to come to America, with legitimate green cards, at a rate moderate enough for them to assimilate into our great way of life… rather than a rate so great that their foreign way of life overwhelms ours.

But first and foremost, our government must fulfill its obligation to both American citizens and legal immigrants (both the people who have done it the right way, and the people still in the application process, waiting patiently overseas for their chance).

Our government must keep us safe from foreign invasion…
Our government must stanch the inbound flow of drugs and disease and crime that has poured through our borders for so long…
Our government must do what it can to keep foreign terrorists and gangs and sharia out of our country…
Our government must keep illegal foreign invaders from wreaking economic destruction by lowering our wages and stealing our entry-level jobs by unfair competition…
Our government must reduce this crippling explosion of the welfare state, an unsustainable burden of tens of millions of illegal recipients of taxpayer-funded health care, taxpayer-funded schooling, taxpayer-funded room and board. Our safety net is for the needy minority of 300 million Americans, not the needy majority of seven billion citizens of the world.
Our government must make up for the errant policy of recent decades, and work to return America to an appreciation of the American philosophy of our Founding Fathers… through both old-fashioned education and the visible example of the limitless potential of limited government.
It can be done. Not all at once, not all in a day. But by deporting some, more will leave of their own accord. As with every other crime, a little enforcement causes widespread compliance.

It will work, because it has to work.

Otherwise, our nation – this City on a Hill, this noble experiment in limited government and republican ideals – will surely perish… not from nuclear war or plague or disease, but from simply allowing ourselves to cease to be the United States of America.

Copyright 2017 John F. Di Leo

1500 Mexicans Gather at Border to Protest Trump’s Wall, Watch What Happens Next…

On Friday, about 1500 Mexicans formed a human chain along the border to protest President Donald Trump’s planes to build a border wall between the United States and Mexico.

From Los Angeles Times:

“Hand in hand we show a national unity that makes no distinction between people,” said Senator Armando Rios Piter as he stood with other politicians and students along the Rio Grande near Ciudad Juarez. “Mexico is more than a wall.”

Armando Cabada, the mayor of Ciudad Juarez, said the human chain showed that people in the border region were more united than ever.

The mayor of El Paso, Texas, just across the border from Ciudad Juarez, also took part in the protest. “We are one city,” Oscar Leeser said.
YoungCons report,

No, Mayor.

We are not “one city,” we actually have borders and a human chain isn’t going to stop us from enforcing them.

We as a country have a right to define our border and require legal immigration.

What’s the response to their human chain?

Work will be starting on the wall in a few months.

President Donald Trump has shown the importance he placed on it by signing an executive order to build it the first week he was in office.

Fear spreads in L.A. after immigration ‘raid,’ advocates claim. Officials say arrests are ‘routine.”

By Samantha Schmidt

Protesters blocked an onramp to the 101 freeway in Los Angeles Feb. 9, objecting to what they claim is a rise in immigration raids. (The Washington Post)

The panicked emails and phone calls began streaming in from community members at about 11 a.m. Thursday morning, inundating Los Angeles immigration lawyers with far more cases than usual. Immigrant advocate groups claim that more than 100 people had been taken into custody by federal immigration officials in Southern California Thursday, indicating a “coordinated sweep” in arrests and heightening fears that Donald Trump’s promise to crackdown on deportations had begun to take effect.

Police and immigration officials denied the “raids” and disputed the claim that the arrests were part of a more stringent approach, saying any detentions were simply part of “routine” enforcement activities. But a flurry of calls regarding arrests spurred immigration attorneys into rapid response efforts, and prompted protests on the streets of downtown Los Angeles.

“We know the daily patterns of people being picked up and taken,” Angelica Salas, executive director of the Coalition for Humane Immigrant Rights of Los Angeles, or CHIRLA, said in an interview with The Washington Post. “There’s a natural flow of enforcement that happens every day. But this was not normal.”

According to Salas, the “raids” were taking place in Van Nuys, San Bernardino, Downey, Santa Paula and Oxnard. Immigration attorneys went to the downtown Los Angeles detention and removal facility Thursday afternoon and saw five white vans and one bus filled with people leave the premises. When an attorney asked Immigration and Customs Enforcement for information about clients who were detained, an ICE officer said more information was needed to identify the individuals, because more than 100 people were currently detained in the facility, Salas said. Usually only one or two people are detained in the center on a given day, Salas added.

The American Civil Liberties Union of Southern California tweeted “URGENT: ICE conducted multiple raids of homes across the city.”

But a spokeswoman for Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in a statement to the Los Angeles Times that the arrests were part of the agency’s “routine” enforcement activities.

“Our operations are targeted and lead driven, prioritizing individuals who pose a risk to our communities. Examples would include known street gang members, child sex offenders, and deportable foreign nationals with significant drug trafficking convictions,” the statement said. “To that end, ICE’s routine immigration enforcement actions are ongoing and we make arrests every day.”

This stance appeared to parallel practices under the Obama administration, which prioritized the deportation of people who were violent convicted offenders considered a threat to the public. Trump’s executive order on Jan. 25 vowed to cast a wider net and include any undocumented immigrants who had been convicted of a criminal offense. Salas said immigration attorneys heard of multiple examples of people detained Thursday who were not violent offenders. One man wasn’t even convicted of a crime, and another individual had simply received a speeding ticket, Salas said.

[What Trump could learn from George Washington’s first executive order]

Many law enforcement agencies, including the Los Angeles Police Department have promised not to take part in the mass deportations Trump has called for.

Los Angeles Deputy Police Chief Bob Green told the Los Angeles Times Thursday that the department knew of no ICE sweeps going on in the San Fernando Valley.

“There is information that is out there that is wrong,” he said, adding that his department would not participate in any federal immigration raids. “We are working hard with the immigrant communities to dispel fears.”

The Pomona Police Department released a statement warning community members of an “immigration checkpoint hoax” that had been circulating on social media claiming that officers had joined immigration officials conducting immigration checkpoints.

“We want our community to know that The Pomona Police Department is not participating in any immigration checkpoints nor are we aware of any such checkpoints scheduled in the City of Pomona,” the department said in the release. “We encourage the community to always fact check to avoid “fake news”.

Meanwhile, immigration advocates called on ICE officials to release information regarding the number of people arrested in recent days.

“In most instances they’ll give us information about operations, not specifics, but they just weren’t wiling to do that,” Salas said. “That’s the problem that we’re finding, this lack of communication.”

“Who are these people?” she added. “How many were on this list that were all criminal aliens?”

A number of local lawmakers joined immigrant rights advocates in calling upon ICE to release additional information. California Senate President pro Tempore Kevin de León (D-Los Angeles) released a statement in reference to reports that ICE conducted raids across Southern California.

“It is now clear the Trump Administration is not concerned with public safety, they are only focused on ripping hard-working men, women, and children from their families and communities,” de León said. “Mass deportations will not make us safer, instead they will simply undermine our state’s economy.” State Sen. Tony Mendoza (D-Los Angeles) and Assemblyman Miguel Santiago (D-Los Angeles) echoed similar thoughts on Twitter, calling for “clarity” from ICE.

After Liberals Halted Trump Order, Look Who U.S. Border Patrol Just Caught Trying To Sneak In!

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection and U.S. Border Patrol agents reportedly apprehended two individuals who were attempting to sneak across the border Saturday — but they weren’t the customary illegal aliens from Mexico or Central America.

CBP confirmed to Breitbart Texas that one Iraqi national and one Egyptian national were detained by Border Patrol agents after they illegally entered the U.S. from Mexico. Iraq and Egypt are hotbeds for terrorism.

From Conservative Tribune

CBP did not confirm if the foreign nationals were men, however a source claimed they were both males.

According to a statement from the Border Patrol, agents from Lordsburg Station apprehended the two individuals at 2:15 p.m. along Arizona State Route 80.

“Records checks and interviews produced no derogatory information and the two individuals were placed into removal proceedings,” the statement said.

The exact location of the apprehensions was not clear. However, according to Breitbart, the CBP statement indicated that the individuals had made it more than 15 miles into U.S. territory before agents apprehended them.

The area of the border where it is believed they crossed does not have barriers, according to Breitbart.

Breitbart reported that the area south of the border from where the individuals were apprehended is controlled by criminal groups working for the Sinaloa Federation or cartel. The Sinaloa is more professional than other cartels in the region, according to Breitbart, which makes it unlikely that the illegal aliens from the Middle East were traveling in the area without the cartel’s permission.

We don’t know much about these individuals or what they were planning to do, but we do know they were trying to enter the country illegally. Their capture — in addition to the documented dangerous behavior of other illegal aliens — is just another example of why we need to get busy on building a border wall.

At least we have a president that is willing to acknowledge the problems we have at the border and do something about them.