Should You Get To Stay In The US If You're Here Illegally?
There's an LA Times piece, with this headline: "Longtime Phoenix resident in U.S. illegally detained in early display of Trump executive order's reach"
"Illegally detained"? It doesn't seem so.
A caption on a photo on the Nigel Duara story explains it:
An executive order by President Trump has expanded deportation priorities to include any immigrants in the country illegally who had been convicted of a criminal offense, regardless of its severity.
Brian Bennett writes in the LAT in an earlier story:
The new instructions represent a wide expansion of President Obama's focus on deporting only recent arrivals, repeat immigration violators and people with multiple criminal violations. Under the Obama administration, only about 1.4 million people were considered priorities for removal.
...Trump's orders instruct officers to deport not only those convicted of crimes, but also those who aren't charged but are believed to have committed "acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense."
That category applies to the 6 million people believed to have entered the U.S. without passing through an official border crossing. The rest of the 11.1 million people in the country illegally, according to a study by the Pew Research Center, are believed to have entered on a valid visa and stayed past its expiration date.
Also among those 11.1 million are about 8 million jobholders, Pew found. The vast majority have worked in violation of the law by stating on federal employment forms that they were legally allowed to work. Trump's order calls for targeting anyone who lied on the forms.
Trump's deportation priorities also include smaller groups whose totals remain elusive: people in the country illegally who are charged with crimes that have not yet been adjudicated and those who receive an improper welfare benefit, used a fake identity card, were found driving without a license or received federal food assistance.
An additional executive order under consideration would block entry to anyone the U.S. believes may use benefit programs such as Medicaid and the Children's Health Insurance Program, according two Trump administration officials who have seen the draft order.
You can't help but feel for the people who have come here for a better life and then would be sent back to where they came from for being here illegally.
But I can't go to another country and be there illegally without repercussions. And there are so many people who've gone through the process to become legal immigrants; do we just let anyone in -- often to use taxpayer-paid schools and other services at citizens' expense?
And once they're in, do we really just let them stay here?
It seems terrible to deport people, but here's an example from the first story (by Duara):
A Phoenix woman in the country illegally who was considered a low priority for deportation by the Obama administration has been taken into custody by Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Immigrant advocates say her detention reflects the severity of the Trump administration's crackdown on illegal immigration.
Guadalupe Garcia de Rayos, 36, had lived in the country since she was 14. She was arrested in 2008 during a workplace raid ordered by then-Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio at Golfland Sunsplash amusement park in Mesa, Ariz., and convicted of felony identity theft for possessing false papers.
A mother of two, she continued to live in Arizona and checked in with ICE every six months. On her scheduled meeting Wednesday morning, she arrived at the ICE field office in Phoenix surrounded by supporters. An immigration attorney later told the crowd outside that Garcia de Rayos had been arrested.
...ICE officials confirmed the detention on Wednesday. "Ms. Garcia de Rayos is currently being detained by ICE based on a removal order issued by the Department of Justice's Executive Office for Immigration Review which became final in May 2013," the agency said in a news release.
Why should she be allowed to stay here?