Editor’s note: When it comes to immigration — illegal or otherwise — the American people have a right to be concerned. Each week, Liberty Nation author Kelli Ballard examines a contentious issue related to today’s hottest topic.
On Jan. 27, the Supreme Court ruled to uphold the Trump administration’s update to the public charge rule, meaning those coming to the United States must demonstrate they will not be a burden on our society by seeking financial and other state and federal assistance. This injunction allows the administration to continue its efforts until the case is further decided. The left is blowing its collective top, claiming this is one more racist move by the president. However, as Liberty Nation’s Legal Affairs Editor Scott D. Cosenza pointed out:
“When immigration officials examine the prospects of an applicant to be in the United States, the law says they should measure the applicant’s likelihood of becoming a public financial burden and not admit those who will. The Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952 says in relevant part: ‘Any alien who … is likely at any time to become a public charge is inadmissible.’ The Trump administration announced plans to enforce the law and released an executive rule to do so in August.”
Yes, America has welcomed the tired and hungry, but where is it written that the huddled masses should be permitted to sponge off the government and the taxpayers?
ICE Sues NYC
While not all immigrants come to the United States to commit any crime other than illegal entry, plenty do — and sanctuary laws have made it much more difficult to apprehend these criminals.
Recently, LN reported on the rape and murder of a 92-year-old woman by a man who had been released from prison despite a detainer placed on him by ICE. Reeaz Khan, a 21-year-old Guyanese national, allegedly committed the crime just six weeks after leaving the jail.
“It was a deadly choice to release a man on an active ICE detainer back onto the streets after his first arrest included assault and weapons charges, and he now faces new charges, including murder,” said the New York Field Office Director for ICE Thomas R. Decker.
Sadly, this isn’t the first instance of horrible crimes being committed after an illegal immigrant has been released from custody without officials informing ICE. Now the federal agency has begun a campaign to fight back. First, it filed subpoenas in Denver and New York City regarding several persons who were allowed to leave custody without ICE’s knowledge.
According to the Law Enforcement Today website, ICE has now filed a lawsuit representing proposed victims to the tune of $1 million. The suit goes after New York’s Mayor Bill de Blasio individually and the city itself as a sovereign entity, claiming they “conspired to attack, rape and murder 92-year-old Maria Fuertes.”
The site further states:
“The suit also alleges that Bill de Blasio was intentionally non-compliant with the Federal Immigration Detainer placed on Reeaz Khan in November 2019 from a previous arrest for assault and weapons charges.”
In addition, the mayor and the city are accused of being “complicit” in the attack of the elderly woman. It is a sad shame when our protective agencies are ordered not to assist each other in capturing and holding dangerous criminals simply because politicians are trying to score election (or re-election) points. ICE is being thwarted on every side from trying to do its job. And let’s face it: This isn’t so much about protecting illegal aliens as it is about going after the Trump administration. There was never such harsh outcry during Barack Obama’s presidency, and he carries the title of deporter in chief for removing more illegal immigrants than any other president.
Read more from Kelli Ballard.