On August 7, 2019, Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents came to seven Mississippi plants owned by four companies — Peco Foods, Koch Foods, PH Food and Pearl River Foods. These plants were suspected of ‘willfully and unlawfully employing’ undocumented workers. A total of 680 people were arrested. Of those, about 300 were released the same day, officials said. Those who remain in detention are being held in an ICE facility in Louisiana.
Acting Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director Matthew Albence defended his agency’s raids across Mississippi, which left many children separated from their parents saying, “We conduct our operations with professionalism, with compassion and with humanity, and we tried our best to minimize the impact on the innocent people of this situation. However, we have to enforce the law. Every law [enforcement agency] enforces the law against individuals who have broken it.
To most people, what Albence said makes sense. No one wants to see families separated, but when someone has broken the law, it must be handled. The ICE agents, who no doubt have a difficult job, have been encouraged by the policies and respect given them by the Trump administration. Their morale has skyrocketed.
So, what do the Democrats have to say about ICE? Sen. Elizabeth Warren has called for “replacing ICE.” Sen. Kamala Harris announced she wanted to “reexamine” ICE, and Sen. Bernie Sanders tweeted that he wanted to “abolish the cruel, dysfunctional immigration system,” which he said would mean “restructuring” ICE.
About this particular action of ICE, former V.P. Joe Biden pontificated, “On a day when President Trump is supposed to be embracing a grieving community and celebrating our American diversity in El Paso, his administration is instead stoking fear by conducting massive immigration raids in Mississippi.”
Biden concluded his remarks by adding about the president, “He is morally unfit to lead this country.” CNN joined in the hysteria as well. In a blatant and despicable act, the lowest rated cable news network interviewed crying children whose parents were arrested.
Again, no one wants to see families separated or children upset, but ICE didn’t just randomly go through Mississippi arresting people. The folks ICE detained were in the country illegally.
So, let’s understand what the Democrats and the media are upset about. They lament the fact that families are separated and, even if the law is broken, they don’t want that to happen. CNN is fascinated by the stories of crying children who’ve had a parent arrested.
If that’s true, then there will be a horde of Democrats and liberal media descending on New York. Why? In 2017, New York City police made 240,000 arrests, an average of 657 a day.
The arrest rate for 2018 may have dropped a bit, but there are hundreds of arrests a day in the Big Apple. What does that mean? It means that just over 600 families had to endure separation. A father, brother, son, mother, daughter or sister was separated from the rest of the family.
They were separated because they broke the law, but, as we’ve seen, the Democrats don’t care about the law. I’m sure Biden, Sanders, Harris and Warren have tweeted how terrible it is for these families.
CNN will be interviewing kids. Biden will want to show his “moral fitness” by releasing from jail all those who broke the law to restore their families. Those tweets don’t exist. Those interviews weren’t recorded, and Biden is far from moral fitness.
Albence did address it though, When he was shown a video of a girl crying, he said, “Look, I’m a parent, most of our officers and agents are parents — some of the most difficult things that we have to do in our jobs to enforce the laws involve the separation of parents from children,” he said. “Every law enforcement officer has to deal with that at some point in their career. Many officers, on a daily basis — when an officer goes in to arrest somebody for a crime of domestic violence, one of the children in there is going to be crying.”
Albence’s answer resonates with genuine compassion and the angst that comes from having to do hard things on the front line. The Democrats and CNN pontificate from the sidelines.
Make no mistake. There’s no difference between families being separated because the parent broke the law by entering illegally or he/she broke the law in some other way, but the Democrats and media only focus on illegal immigrants. Why? It’s not about kids or parents. The Democrats and the media cry crocodile tears for them. They only care when they think they can use it to score political points. It’s a despicable act, but just one of many.
ICE’s purpose is clear. “Securing our nation’s borders and safeguarding the integrity of our
immigration system is a primary focus of ICE officers and agents throughout the country.”
(https://www.ice.gov/overview) We, as Americans, ought to be grateful, but don’t look for it on CNN or among the Democrats.