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The story headlines is startling:
“Trump weighs mobilizing Nat Guard for immigration roundups”
First this background look at the former candidate who now sits in the Oval Office, who I now call the “L-in-C” (Liar-in-Chief).
Today’s post starts from here:
As many as 100,000 National Guard troops may be used by Trump to round up unauthorized immigrants, including millions living nowhere near the Mexico border (Cite: A draft memo obtained by The Associated Press).
The 11-page document calls for the unprecedented militarization of immigration enforcement as far north as Portland, Oregon, and as far east as New Orleans, Louisiana. Further, four states that border on Mexico are included in the proposal — California, Arizona, New Mexico and Texas — but it also encompasses seven states contiguous to those four — Oregon, Nevada, Utah, Colorado, Oklahoma, Arkansas and Louisiana.
Then about this, White House spokesman Sean Spicer said: “[…] the AP report was 100 percent not true and irresponsible,” adding: “There is no effort at all to utilize the National Guard to round up unauthorized immigrants.”
(I note: What will Spicer and the W/H say if this report turns out to be true? – Punt certainly comes to mind).
Noteworthy from this not-true, irresponsible memo (Spicer labeled):
1. Governors in the 11 states would have a choice whether to have their guard troops participate, according to the memo (which was written by DHS Secretary John Kelly.
2. Using National Guard troops to operate inside non-border states also go far beyond past such deployments in that kind of effort.
3. In addition to responding to natural or man-made disasters or for military protection of the population or critical infrastructure, etc., Guard forces have been used to assist with immigration-related tasks on the US-Mexico border, including the construction of fences.
Examples: In the mid-2000s, President George W. Bush twice deployed Guard troops on the border to focus on non-law enforcement duties to help augment the Border Patrol as it bolstered its ranks.
In 2010, then-Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer announced a border security plan that included Guard reconnaissance, aerial patrolling and military exercises.
In July 2014, then-Texas Gov. Rick Perry ordered 1,000 National Guard troops to the border when the surge of migrant children fleeing violence in Central America overwhelmed U.S. officials responsible for their care. The Guard troops' stated role on the border at the time was to provide extra sets of eyes but not make arrests.
The Federal program is called the “287(g) program” — so named for a section of a 1996 immigration law, which allows specially trained local law enforcement officials to participate in immigration enforcement on the streets and check whether people held in local jails were in the country illegally. ICE trained and certified roughly 1,600 officers to carry out those checks from 2006 to 2015.
The draft memo goes on to describe the program as a “highly successful force multiplier that identified more than 402,000 removable aliens.”
Noteworthy: Federal immigration watchdogs were critical of how DHS ran the 287(g) program, saying it was poorly supervised and provided insufficient training to officers, including on civil rights law.
1. Trump's immigration strategy emerges as detentions at the nation's southern border are down significantly from levels seen in the late 1990s and early 2000s.
2. In 2016 for example, arrests were the 5th lowest since 1972.
3. Deportations of people living in the U.S. illegally also increased under the Obama administration (however, Republicans criticized Obama for setting prosecution guidelines that spared some groups from the threat of deportation, including those brought to the U.S. illegally as children – the DACA program (see below).
4. Now, ICE officers arrested more than 680 people around the country in what Kelly said were routine, targeted operations (advocates called the actions stepped-up enforcement under Trump).
DAPA stands for the “Deferred Action for Parental Accountability” program, announced in November of 2014 and modified the 2012 law with Executive Action by former President Obama. This program allows for certain parents, who meet the below criteria, to apply for and be granted Deferred Action. A grant of deferred action under DAPA means that, for a period of three years, you are no longer a priority for deportation. With a grant of DAPA you are also eligible to apply for work authorization in the US.
DACA: In June of 2012, this program was announced. It stands for “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” also called DACA 2012. The program essentially means that certain children, those who arrived to the United States prior to turning 16 years of age, would no longer be a priority for deportation. In addition to having arrived before the age of 16, in order to be eligible for DACA and meet a few other criteria.
Boy, in summary – what a mess. But, the worst is yet to come and it isn’t going to be pretty – bet on it. Look in the mirror and ask: Where did my immigrant ancestors come from to live and prosper here as Americans. How many of them changed their names and why, like say from Drumpf to Trump (just to stay here)?
Hey, just asking, but that did happen. On February 28, 2016, the host of Last Week Tonight with John Oliver [click link for the video] launched into a lengthy segment about Donald Trump, which culminated with Oliver using Trump’s ancestral surname, “Drumpf.” In the video the portion begins at around 18:40 mark. Interesting isn’t it - I wonder why the name change (hiding something), so, papers, please...!!!