ICE Cold Hypocrisy

The Washington Post has published an article, titled “County By County, ICE Faces a Growing Backlash,” fawning over communities that have decided not to aid U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in apprehending criminal aliens. As the Post describes it, vocal protesters have begun pressuring local sheriffs to refuse ICE requests to hold criminal aliens until the federal government can take them into custody. They have also insisted that sheriffs refuse to rent detention bed space to ICE.

The Post, characterizes this as “a furious backlash in local communities across the country,” against Trump administration immigration policies. But what the Post has characterized as a “furious backlash” would be more accurately described as the shrill cries of a small number of vocal activists who don’t reflect the true consensus of the communities where they are protesting. It also smacks of the guilty whining about facing the consequences of their actions. Even though the mainstream media prefers to refer to them as “immigrants,” many of the leaders of the movement to abolish ICE are illegal aliens.

In fact, the Post quotes Ingris Moran, the leader of what is described as an “immigrant advocacy group” in Alexandria, Va., who admits as much. Ms. Moran claims that she began anti-ICE protests because “it became increasingly hard to reconcile a post-election statement the city issued about respecting undocumented immigrants with its long-standing agreements with ICE.” (Ms. Moran’s current immigration status is never mentioned and the Post never mentions that lawfully present aliens who aren’t breaking any criminal laws have nothing to fear from ICE.)

Of course, Ms. Moran presumes that deporting illegal aliens is a form of disrespect. That is rather ironic, since the reason for deporting those in the United States without authorization is their blatant disrespect for both the rule of law and American sovereignty. She makes no attempt to explain exactly what moral precept requires U.S. citizens to tolerate the presence of alien lawbreakers at the expense of their own public safety interests.

One need only change the context, however, and the absurdity of the protesters’ position becomes obvious. If shoplifters and burglars began mass protests calling for a loosening of the laws regarding theft, most mainstream media outlets would run articles discussing the ridiculousness of their demands. But when it comes to immigration, the Post, and other well-known papers have taken to venerating the law-breakers and demonizing those attempting to protect the public. And that renders them guilty of ice-cold hypocrisy.

That approach isn’t particularly surprising from a media that has staked out a vehemently, irrationally anti-Trump position on anything immigration-related. What is shocking is that so many local sheriffs are knuckling under to protesters who couldn’t care less about public safety. Declining immigration detainers and refusing to rent detention beds to ICE just ensures that alien criminals are returned to American communities where they’re free to offend again. And allowing that to happen flies in the face of American sheriffs’ obligations to protect the communities they serve. Yet another case of ice-cold hypocrisy.

How many Kate Steinles and Mollie Tibbets need to die before sheriffs start choosing safety and sanity over sucking up to misguided political pressure groups?

About Author


Matthew J. O’Brien joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 2016. Matt is responsible for managing FAIR’s research activities. He also writes content for FAIR’s website and publications. Over the past twenty years he has held a wide variety of positions focusing on immigration issues, both in government and in the private sector. Immediately prior to joining FAIR Matt served as the Chief of the National Security Division (NSD) within the Fraud Detection and National Security Directorate (FDNS) at U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), where he was responsible for formulating and implementing procedures to protect the legal immigration system from terrorists, foreign intelligence operatives, and other national security threats. He has also held positions as the Chief of the FDNS Policy and Program Development Unit, as the Chief of the FDNS EB-5 Division, as Assistant Chief Counsel with U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement, as a Senior Advisor to the Citizenship and Immigration Services Ombudsman, and as a District Adjudications Officer with the legacy Immigration & Naturalization Service. In addition, Matt has extensive experience as a private bar attorney. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in French from the Johns Hopkins University and a Juris Doctor from the University of Maine School of Law.


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    And every time a local police chief or sheriff gives in to these crazies, it gives more power to the illegal aliens. It is because of people like this, the no borders crazies, that illegal aliens decided they have a “right”to be here, and feel free to wave THEIR nation’s flag as they March and protest and demand everything. A very ungrateful selfish bunch they all are.

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    This isn’t shocking in the least. These interlopers [to use a polite term] want a one-way street to the privileges of American citizenship. The hypocrisy is that while they defend “birthright citizenship” for those whose mothers broke their water on US soil, somehow being born OUTSIDE the US is not of equal an opposite consequence. Born in US to illegal-alien mother? You’re a citizen. Born in Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, Philippines, Brazil, etc. etc but jumped the border? You’re still a US citizen.

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      And every time a local police chief or sheriff gives in to these crazies, it gives more power to the illegal aliens. It is because of people like this, the no borders crazies, that illegal aliens decided they have a “right”to be here, and feel free to wave THEIR nation’s flag as they March and protest and demand everything. A very ungrateful selfish bunch they all are. I agree with the commenter here that these financial opportunist illegal aliens want all the rights/benefits/privileges of Anerican citizens, but I don’t believe they care a whit about our citizenship. And why would they?? They did not/do not come here for the valuable things represented by American citizenship such as freedom of all kinds, the very foundations of this nation. No, they come for their own selfish personal gain, to get everything of material value they can steal. And steal is exactly what illegal aliens do to our citizens. BUT they don’t need citizenship to steal any of it. Our stupid, self-destructive country just gives it all to them; they have earned nothing and deserve nothing from us, but they get almost all the rights/benefits/privileges (often better than and ahead of citizens) without any earning of these, without any of the responsibilities of citizens. Though it is unlawful for them to vote, we know that some do and I expect, over the next few years, the democrats will find a way for everyone living here at election times to vote, regardless of citizenship. Non-citizens cannot, lawfully be president of our nation, but it would not be surprising at all, to have a noncitizen, or at least not a natural born citizen as our president, especially a Mexican. After all, we already have 50+ million Mexican citizens here, more arriving daily, more being born daily, and expected to reach 100+ million in a few more years. Then, they will be the majority people in our nation, not Americans but Mexicans. They would only need to get the illegals/refugees/asylees/legals of other ethnicities to vote eith them to put a Mexican citizen in office as president of the USA. May sound fantastic but that is the road of the future our nation is on today. Taken over and controlled by forrigners with no love for America and no stake in its future. Just picture another third world cesspit nation.

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    The Open Border Party Doesn’t Need Elections

    They don’t believe in rule of law anymore. They prefer gang lynchings [over phony rape charges] and torches and fires to diplomacy?