(TOWNHALL) – Last month President Trump announced plans for Immigration and Customs Enforcement to begin enforcement actions, or raids, throughout ten U.S. cities in order to enforce deportation orders. Following pleas from Congressional Democrats the President suspended the actions for two weeks in order to give Congress a chance to act. Of course, Congress has done nothing but bloviate. On Friday the President confirmed that the raids are back on and scheduled to begin this Sunday. As well they should be. The raids are both legal and necessary, yet they have already been misrepresented by opponents and such acts will almost certainly be repeated.
To be clear, these raids are not targeting people at random. They are specifically designed to target illegal aliens with final deportation orders already issued against them. That is, illegal immigrants who have had their due process and have been issued final deportation orders by a federal judge. And they are perfectly legal. Article II of the U.S. Constitution vests the Executive branch with not only the legal right, but the legal duty to enforce the laws duly passed by Congress. The President must take this action.
Not only are the raids perfectly legal, they are also desperately necessary. Nationally, we are stuck in a vicious, self-destructive and never-ending cycle. Be it through illegal border crossings or false claims of asylum, countless immigrants cross our border daily. They are incentivized by the promises of sanctuary cities, U.S. taxpayer funded healthcare, and protection from lawful removal.
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