ICE SVU has decided to let a crisis go to waste. Instead, it has decided to reimpose the Obama Regime Administrative Amnesty and the Morton Memos, which were ostensibly about changing enforcement priorities by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The memorandum by then-ICE head John Morton stated that ICE will only arrest certain, but not all, criminal aliens, i.e., legal and illegal aliens who have been convicted of a crime that makes them deportable. All other illegal aliens are of the table.
This is part of the Deep State Resistance to enforcing immigration law. The Dirty 19 (HSI SAC's who signed an anti-immigration enforcement letter) are undoubted overjoyed, no more work-site enforcement or other immigration arrests. The 500 ICE SVU agents assigned to help roundups in Sanctuary Cities are probably already celebrating not having to do any work. It is all sound and fury signifying nothing, or boob bait for bubbas, choose your analogy, all to fool the American people that our immigration laws were being enforced. It was an administrative amnesty and the return of catch-and-release.
And it is back:
To ensure the welfare and safety of the general public as well as officers and agents in light of the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic response, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will temporarily adjust its enforcement posture beginning today, March 18, 2020. ICE’s highest priorities are to promote life-saving and public safety activities.
ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) will focus enforcement on public safety risks and individuals subject to mandatory detention based on criminal grounds. For those individuals who do not fall into those categories, ERO will exercise discretion to delay enforcement actions until after the crisis or utilize alternatives to detention, as appropriate.
[Updated ICE statement on COVID-19, ICE Press Release, March 18, 2020]
Discretion means no more arrests. And there will be no work-site enforcement by ICE SVU, also known as Homeland Security Investigations.
Homeland Security Investigations will continue to carry out mission critical criminal investigations and enforcement operations as determined necessary to maintain public safety and national security. Examples include investigations into child exploitation, gangs, narcotics trafficking, human trafficking, human smuggling, and continued participation on the Joint Terrorism Task Force.
Note neither work-site enforcement nor immigration benefit fraud will be investigated or arrests made. How did this get by Ken The Knife? This is bad, as there will be tremendous pressure to never get back to the rather modest increase in immigration enforcement.
Worse yet, this is all about the China Virus that is only killing the very old and those with preexisting serious medical conditions, mostly respiratory conditions. My position is that the China Virus is being deliberately pushed and a panic encouraged to remove President Trump and end immigration enforcement.
More than 99% of Italy’s coronavirus fatalities were people who suffered from previous medical conditions, according to a study by the country’s national health authority.
After deaths from the virus reached more than 2,500, with a 150% increase in the past week, health authorities have been combing through data to provide clues to help combat the spread of the disease.
Prime Minister Giuseppe Conte’s government is evaluating whether to extend a nationwide lockdown beyond the beginning of April, daily La Stampa reported Wednesday. Italy has more than 31,500 confirmed cases of the illness.
[99% of Those Who Died From Virus Had Other Illness, Italy Says, by Tommaso Ebhardt, Chiara Remondini, and Marco Bertacche, Bloomberg, March 18, 2020]
And it is only the old as well as already sick who are dying. There is no need for the panic and economic collapse.
The average age of those who’ve died from the virus in Italy is 79.5. As of March 17, 17 people under 50 had died from the disease. All of Italy’s victims under 40 have been males with serious existing medical conditions.
And the cry for ending enforcement was quite open. Who acquiesced to this lobbying by the illegal alien lobby? Chad Wolf? Who runs DHS, the illegal alien lobby?
The New John Morton, or New LadyboyDACA, Chad Wolf
Here's an example of the cry for non-enforcement, based on the claim that somehow it will make the China Virus worse:
Second, fear of immigration enforcement may deter immigrants from seeking health care or working with public health authorities. Under guidelines from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), health care settings are “sensitive zones” in which enforcement actions should not normally be conducted. Even so, since President Trump took office there have been highly publicized cases of individuals being detained by immigration agents on their way to seeking care. As a result, many undocumented immigrants have forgone medical appointments.
In an epidemic, that can have dire consequences for public health as those who are undiagnosed and untreated are particularly likely to spread the infection.
[Trump’s Immigration Policies Will Make The Coronavirus Pandemic Worse, by Wendy E. Parmet, Stat News, March 4, 2020]
It is almost as if this was planned all along. More likely, of course, is that Trump opponents are following Rahm Emmanuel’s advice, never let a crisis go to waste. Well, the Democrats, Open Borders Advocates, and nation busters are taking advantage.
Why is President Trump allowing this? Where is Ken The Knife?