Zero Tolerance At The Border
With thousands of National Guard troops heading south to defend the border, Attorney General Jeff Sessions has angered the pro-illegal ACLU as he fast tracks the prosecution of border jumpers.
Sessions’ announcement follows almost a week of strong anti-illegal immigration action from Donald Trump, the Secretary of Homeland Security and the Secretary of Defense. Several memos, taken together, are forming a very strong reaction to incoming migrants from Central America looking to cross into the United States.
Memo: ‘Zero-Tolerance for Offenses’
In the short memo signed by Jeff Sessions, he points to a memorandum he issues last April that renewed the Justice Department’s ‘Commitment to Criminal Immigration Enforcement,’ where he laid out the priority of certain immigration crimes over others, directing the Attorney’s Office to work with the DHS to form new guidelines on dealing with illegals.
According to the new memo,
“[I, Jeff Sessions,] direct each United States Attorney’s Office along the Southwest Border — to the extent practicable, and in consultation with DHS — to adopt immediately a zero-tolerance policy for all offenses referred for prosecution… This zero-tolerance policy shall supersede any existing policies.”
That is, any person found committing an offense will be granted no leniency and will be taken in according to already existing laws. The memo is “guidance,” not a new law, and it relies on existing laws that allow for border patrol to prosecute border hoppers. Previously, border patrol would ‘catch and release,’ where they would nab a suspect but then let them walk free while they waited for their hearing from the court to never return. This will end, and Trump is asking Mattis to find some empty spots where the illegals can be safety held in detention.
Memo Deploys National Guard
Yesterday, Secretary of Defense Jim ‘Mad Dog’ Mattis signed a memo that authorized the deployment of up to 4,000 National Guard to the southern border. The memo stipulates that the Guard “will not perform law enforcement activities or interact with migrants.”
Two months ago, Mattis was quoted as saying that he wants to make the “military more lethal” causing outrage from Democrats who would presumably like the military to use hugs instead of guns.
Trump Signs ‘Catch And Release’ Memo
Yesterday, Trump signed a memorandum that ordered the end of the ‘Catch and Release’ policy, where illegal immigrants are released from their detention while waiting for a court hearing.
Earlier this week, Trump hinted that he would be doing something extra special to protect the border from the oncoming influx of 1,000 ‘migrants’ from Central America. In response, Mexican officials asked the White House to clarify what Trump meant when he complained about the lack of laws guarding the border, saying that border agents have to ‘catch and release,’ often on the American side.
“We don’t have laws, we have catch-and-release. You catch and then you immediately release and people come back years later for a court case, except they virtually never come back.”
One of Trump’s comments at the time of the Tuesday press conference was that the idea of military guarding the border is “something we have to do.”
The memo also asks Jim Mattis to prepare a list of military facilities that could be used to detain fresh illegals.
Mexican Officials Left Out Of Discussion
After Trump’s comments on catch-and-release and the possibility of flexing military might, Mexican officials complained that the possibility of having troops on the border would be “unwelcome,” saying that they were waiting for “further clarification.” They must have gotten used to American leaders telling the Mexicans about border plans before anyone else.
The Mexican Ambassador to America Gerónimo Gutiérrez said that “both countries” must “share the idea of having a secure border.” Good, then we agree — Mexico needs to step up.
Status of National Guard
The first members of the National Guard to be deployed will be 150 members from Arizona who will deploy next week, according to Arizona’s Governor Doug Ducey. In the next three days, the Texas National Guard will send 250 troops as well. Every President since Ronald Reagan has ordered the National Guard to provide backup to the border. Generally, border services are provided by the Department of Homeland Security but the President is allowed to call the National Guard to act as backup.
Complaints from Illegal Immigrant Advocacy Groups
In December of last year, several illegal immigrant advocacy groups filed a complain with the DHS’ Civil rights and Civil Liberties division with the claim that there some people who were picked up at the border had been “forcibly” separated from their children.
As well, a legal director with the ACLU Cecilla Wang said that this is going to be “assembly-line justice” and that defendants will not have “adequate time to consult counsel.”
I don’t care. Go Trump!
Sources: ABC, Reuters, Justice Department Website