With 40-50 coming across the southern border per hour, this does not mean too much. 84 down 11,999,916 to go. Too bad once they get deported they will simply walk back in because we have absolutely no control of the border.


On May 11, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) announced the round-up of 84 criminal aliens, all of whom had serious offense histories. These are the kind of people you want to see off the streets of our communities. Various news media dutifully reported the arrests (see, for instance, here and here).

That’s great, as far as it goes, but a really enterprising reporter would have followed up with a few questions:

How many of these aliens were on the street as the result of state or local sanctuary policies, when they might have been taken into custody directly from jails or prisons without significant expenditure of taxpayer money, or risking the safety of the ICE agents and the public at large?

How many of these apprehensions were re-arrests by ICE, after having released them in the first place on inordinately low bonds or on their own recognizance, only to see them commit these crimes, and quite possibly having failed to show for their immigration court hearings, leaving the judge to have to issue in absentia deportation orders against them?

How many of these aliens were recipients of Obama administration “executive actions” in the form of DACA or the notoriously misnamed “prosecutorial discretion”? More