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Some have defined a fanatic as “One who can’t change his opinion and won’t change the subject.” (It is often attributed to Winston Churchill, though the truth appears to be more complicated.) By that definition, I am a fanatic when it comes to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency—aka: “ICE.”
As most readers likely know, across the Left there is a greater and greater clamouring to abolish ICE entirely. Just last month Socialist darling Bernie Sanders would not go on the record as saying ICE should go the way of the Works Progress Administration, but with an eye on the 2020 Presidential race, he has since caved. [Bernie Abolishes His Opposition to "Abolish Ice", by Ethan Epstein, The Weekly Standard, July 17, 2018.]Remember that in 2015 (as in three years ago) he called Open-Borders “a right-wing proposal, which says essentially there is no United States… It would make everybody in America poorer—you're doing away with the concept of a nation state, and I don't think there's any country in the world that believes in that…” .
Meanwhile, Kamala Harris, California’s freshman senator and another strong contender for 2020, has been flip-flopping and equivocating like crazy. In March she said:
Should ICE exist? Well, certainly. When we’re talking about people who’ve committed serious and violent crimes–you know... I’m a prosecutor. I believe there need to be serious, severe and swift consequences when people commit serious and violent crimes…and certainly if they are undocumented, they should be deported if they commit those serious and violent offenses. So, yes, ICE has a purpose. ICE has a role. ICE should exist. But let’s not abuse the power.
[Dem Senator Kamala Harris Slammed for Defending the Existence of ICE (VIDEO), by Colin Kalmbacher, Law and Crime, March 10, 2018.]
But that did not go over well with the new Socialist wing of the Democratic Party, and boy did they let her know. Come June, she was more prepared to say the right thing:
I think there’s no question that we’ve got to critically re-examine ICE, and its role, and the way that it is being administered, and the work it is doing. And we need to probably think about starting from scratch.
[Kamala Harris Says Congress Needs To Change ICE, Perhaps ‘Start From Scratch’, by Paul Blumenthal, The Huffington Post, June 25, 2018.]
Nevertheless, much of the Left is now unimpressed with this, because Harris did not use the word “abolish.” They are still hammering at the Senator for not going far enough [Kamala Harris Wants You To Know She's Definitely Not Calling For Abolishing ICE, by Molly Hensley-Clancy and Lissandra Villa, BuzzFeed News, July 3, 2018.]
It will be interesting to see how this all-but-official-presidential candidate “evolves” on the issue between now and when the Democratic nomination process really gets going.
Like me, the anti-ICE radicals of the Left are fanatics—they will not change their minds, and they are not going to change the subject. That is a good thing. I hope they continue to talk about this as frequently as possible, as their position is completely insane.
As even Sen. Harris pointed out in her first response, ICE targets the worst of the worst, and does great work. Patriots, politicians and pundits alike, need to be highlighting this as regularly as ICE announces each great action they take.
Let’s take a look at some of the monsters ICE has recently played a role in apprehending, arresting, convicting, and/or deporting:
- A Brazilian national arrested for rape and assault and battery. He had been previously deported. (Details here.)
- Charles Cooper, a Liberian former bodyguard to President Charles Taylor, the notorious and murderous despot who once campaigned for public office under the slogan, "He killed my ma, he killed my pa, but I will vote for him." (Details here.)
- “A Mexican national with multiple criminal convictions for inflicting corporal injury on his spouse, three convictions for driving under the influence, three convictions for driving without a license, giving false information to a peace officer, and carrying a loaded firearm in a public place.” Along with 39 other criminal aliens in New York. (Details here.)
- 35 “darknet” vendors. Some of items seized included, “333 bottles of liquid synthetic opioids, over 100,000 tramadol pills, 100 grams of fentanyl, more than 24 kilograms of Xanax, more than 100 firearms, including handguns, assault rifles, and a grenade launcher; five vehicles that were purchased with illicit proceeds and/or used to facilitate criminal activity; more than $3.6 million in U.S. currency and gold bars; 15 pill presses, which are used to create illegal synthetic opioids…” and “$400,000 in U.S. currency, 140 kilograms of suspected marijuana and an additional 10 kilograms of suspected marijuana vape cartridges, 12 kilograms of suspected Xanax pills, over half a kilogram of suspected ecstasy, four pill presses, mixers, and pill press parts, over a dozen kilograms of various powders, packaging materials, and paraphernalia... three loaded shotguns, including a tactical double-barreled shotgun loaded with 14 shells, and over 50 shotgun shells, as well as significant quantities of narcotics, packaging materials, and paraphernalia including a money-counting machine.” (Details here.)
- Around 50 drug dealers in Chicago. This one sweep netted, “more than three kilograms of heroin, more than a kilogram of cocaine, and more than 230 grams of fentanyl.” (Details here.)
- 24 MS-13 members in Maryland. The two dozen men are alleged to have, “murdered five individuals in Frederick, Anne Arundel, and Montgomery Counties, dismembering three of the victims. In addition, the defendants allegedly conspired to murder eight individuals, maiming and assaulting one of the individuals with a machete, shooting one individual in the head, and kidnapping and threatening another individual with a firearm to extract payment for extortion.” (Details here.)
- Isaias Estrada-Morales, a Puerto Rican child pornographer. (Details here.)
- Dorviro Rocha-Ribeiro, a Brazilian wanted by Interpol for murder who had already been deported from America once before. (Details here.)
- Eight MS-13 members in Texas. All have been indicted for, “racketeering conspiracy; attempted murder in aid of racketeering; assault with a dangerous weapon in aid of racketeering; conspiracy to commit murder in aid of racketeering; and using, carrying and possessing a firearm during and in relation to a crime of violence.” (Details here.)
- Enrique Rodriguez, member of the charmingly-named street gang Barrio Azteca (“Aztec Neighborhood”), who was smuggling drugs into America for Mexico’s Juarez Cartel. He was not a smuggler of benign marijuana either, in total he brought in “about 1,000 pounds of heroin and 1,000 pounds of cocaine.” (Details here.)
- Jesus Briseno and Elias Serrano, two American citizens who were caught smuggling illegal aliens into the country. Between the two of them, their prior convictions include: aggravated stalking, kidnapping, possessing a deadly weapon and possessing marijuana with intent to distribute; escape from custody, possessing marijuana, assault/causing injury to family member, and driving while intoxicated. (Details here.)
- 37 criminal aliens in New Jersey. Most of them had prior criminal records for drunk driving and various kinds of assault. (Details here.)
- Ramon Raudel Campos Murillo, an MS-13 member and sex trafficker. (Details here.)
- Majd Al Helwani, a Syrian national who lied, “about being a U.S. citizen so he could buy a shotgun from a local sporting goods store.” (Details here.)
- 132 criminal aliens in the Washington, DC area. Some of the more repulsive of the 132 included:
- An El Salvadoran national identified as a high-ranking MS-13 member.
- A Bolivian national who has four prior convictions for rape and intercourse with a victim under thirteen.
- A Peruvian national previously convicted for battery and failure to register as a sex offender.
- A Mongolian national previously convicted for driving under the influence and forgery.
- An El Salvadoran national who is currently facing criminal charges for felony strangulation.
- A Honduran national and illegal re-entrant with an outstanding warrant for two counts of felony rape, two counts of felony sodomy, and two counts of felony sexual abuse.
- A Philippine national previously convicted of felony possession of a firearm with a controlled substance.
- A Guatemalan national previously convicted for consensual sexual intercourse with a child.
- An El Salvadoran national who is the subject of a U.S. Marshals federal arrest warrant for felony assault with a deadly weapon.
- A Jamaican national previously convicted of forgery.
So, why would figures who bill themselves as champions of poor, ordinary, and working Americans want to abolish an agency that puts away criminals who are most likely to prey on our most vulnerable citizens? It is a question worth pondering.
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Hubert Collins writes regularly for American Renaissance and here at VDARE.com. You can follow him on Twitter here.