(NationalSentinel) Perhaps candidate Donald J. Trump’s signature issue - and certainly the first major policy statement he made - is the enforcement ofÂ all immigration laws. And just weeks into his administration, he’s keepingÂ that promise as well.
The Washington Times reports that in the first Trump-era raid, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and others have swept up 680 people in the U.S. illegally, which of course set the angry Left into another meltdown.
The paper noted:
[DHS]Â Secretary John F. Kelly insisted that the raids were standard procedure and said they focused on those with criminal records, just like agents did under President Obama. Most of the rest were fugitives who were ignoring deportation orders or had already been deported and managed to sneak back into the U.S. â€” also priorities under Mr. Obama.
But activists reacted with horror, urging boycotts and rallies and saying a â€œcampaign of terrorâ€ has descended on their communities.
They hoped to bloody the administrationâ€™s nose by trying to force a change in course beforeÂ Mr. TrumpÂ can step up his deportation efforts.
â€œThis is a new day. This is the deportation force that he has been threatening since the campaign,â€ Marielena Hincapie, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center, whined.
No, actually, it’s the same Department of Homeland Security that was always supposed to be enforcing immigration law, but they weren’t permitted to fully do so under former President Obama, who preferred to ignore many immigration statutes for political gain.
â€œPresidentÂ TrumpÂ has been clear in affirming the critical mission of DHS in protecting the nation and directed our department to focus on removing illegal aliens who have violated our immigration laws, with a specific focus on those who pose a threat to public safety, have been charged with criminal offenses, have committed immigration violations or have been deported and re-entered the country illegally,â€ Kelly said.
The Times noted further:
The raids targeted five regions, with the most arrests in the Midwest. Of the 235 arrested in that region, 163 had criminal records, 12 were violating deportation orders and 60 had been deported at least once before, according to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
This is just the beginning - yes, aÂ new day in immigration law enforcement. May there be many more.