On December 11, an Arizona judge ordered the deportation of a high-profile illegal alien activist. Alejandra Pablos, now a former green card holder, had a troubled history with the law, including two cases of driving under the influence (DUI). While the brazen activist was in the United States legally, her growing criminal record ultimately placed her immigration status in jeopardy.
In addition to her DUI arrests, Pablos was also charged with trespassing earlier this year while protesting at a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) location in Virginia. This incident led to her being detained a couple of months later by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Pablos is a leading figure in the “Abolish ICE” movement that advocates for the complete dissolution of the agency. The pro-amnesty activist has a record of irrational comments, suggesting that Congress should “investigate ICE’s rogue actions” and calling for “an end to all deportations immediately.”
Demanding the abolishment of ICE and the end to all deportations is absurd. Not only is she demanding that criminal aliens who fit profiles like her own be offered amnesty, she is also insisting that violent criminals, gang members and others who commit horrific acts be offered amnesty as well.
Additionally, ICE plays an important role in guarding the United States from illicit trade and assists the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) with its Homeland Security Investigations (HSI). In Fiscal Year 2017 alone, ICE conducted nearly 38,000 combined HSI and gang-related criminal arrests, including 796 members of the notorious MS-13 gang. They also seized 2,370 pounds of fentanyl, along with thousands of pounds of other dangerous drugs.
Declaring yourself an activist does not place you above the law, and people are certainly not martyrs when the judicial system punishes them for committing reckless criminal acts, such as driving intoxicated. Deporting criminal aliens such as Pablos is not only just, but it protects Americans by removing a repeat DUI offender off the streets, 54,630 of them in Fiscal Year 2018. It also provides more opportunity for the federal government to admit someone into the country who is actually willing to respect and abide by the rule of law.
For a green card holder, residing in the United States is a privilege, not a right. It is not a ludicrous idea to expect noncitizens to respect and adhere to the laws of this country as a basic requirement to stay here.