Thursday, February 9, 2017

The Deportation of the Hardworking Undocumented Begins

Donald Trump is sneaky and creative, which is what you would expect from a big league street hustler, which is what he fundamentally is.

His recent Executive Order to deport undocumented "criminals" is an example. It is providing cover to deport hardworking undocumented on any technicality.

The Washington Post reports on one case:
About eight years ago, there was a knock on Guadalupe García de Rayos’s door. Authorities had come to arrest the undocumented mother of two U.S.-born children, a Mexican native who had lived north of the border since she was 14.

The Phoenix mother was detained for months and eventually ordered to be sent back to Mexico. But for the subsequent years, after she appealed her voluntary deportation, García de Rayos was allowed to remain in the United States, as long as she checked in once a year, and then every six months. Each year, she followed suit, and each year, immigration officials let her stay.

This year, as García de Rayos feared, was different. When she went to check in as usual at the central Phoenix offices of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, she was taken into custody as protests erupted outside. García de Rayos could perhaps be among the first undocumented immigrants to be arrested during a scheduled meeting with immigration officials since President Trump’s inauguration, civil rights lawyers told the New York Times...

García de Rayos’s detention is likely to mark a shift in deportation priorities under Trump. Previously, the Obama administration prioritized the deportation of people who were violent offenders or had ties to criminal gangs. Trump’s executive order on Jan. 25 expanded priorities to include any undocumented immigrants who had been convicted of a criminal offense.
García de Rayos’s crime? Working hard and providing phony government documents so that she could work hard.

WaPo again:
In a statement, ICE officials said García de Rayos was detained based on a removal order issued by the Justice Department’s Executive Office for Immigration Review, which became final in May 2013, and was spurred by a prior felony conviction dating from March 2009 for criminal impersonation...
“It has 100 percent to do with the executive order,” said Ray Ybarra-Maldonado, a Phoenix immigration lawyer who is representing García de Rayos, told the Arizona Republic.

The conviction stems from one of former Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio’s worksite raids targeting the Golfland Entertainment Centers, which operated several water and mini-golf parks. Sheriff’s deputies seized hundreds of employment records and later arrested García de Rayos at her house, the Arizona Republic reported. She pleaded guilty to a charge of criminal impersonation, a Class 6 felony, the lowest level.
Ybarra-Maldonado immediately filed documents asking ICE to stay her deportation, on the basis that she has lived in the United States since she was 14, has two children who are U.S. citizens and is fighting to have her felony conviction overturned, he told reporters...

Carlos García, the director of Puente, told the Arizona Republic that he thinks ICE’s decision to take García de Rayos into custody will spur other undocumented immigrants who have been released on supervision to stop checking in and go into hiding.

“Most definitely, if what’s going to happen when people come to check in they are going to get detained and deported, I would assume most people will not turn themselves in,” he said.

Expect many more sneaky domestic orders on many issues.



  1. Damn immigrants! Providing goods and services at reasonable prices! Bunch of jerks!

  2. Identity theft is not a victimless crime, Wenzel.

    1. That wasn't identity theft. Stop conflating things, Trumpista.

  3. Bravo President Trump !
    Doing what he was elected to do.

    So forgery is not a crime in the world of Libertarians now ?
    Very interesting.

    1. Forging the Number of the Beast to foil its evil intents?

      No. That's not a crime.

  4. Way too many crimes are felonies these days thanks to the poorly executed 'drug war', but identity theft is also a serious issue. I'm not sure that I have much sympathy here.

    I disagree with Ron Paul on some aspects of immigration, but he did make part of his platform to abolish the misinterpretation of the 14th Amendment and end the anchor baby nonsense.

  5. This is the first time my mom has been upset with Trumpussolini.