President Donald Trump campaigned on the promise to create a safer and stronger America, and has been working on implementing his immigration reform plans since taking office.
He has made it known that immigrants illegally in the country would be subject to legal scrutiny, that our borders would be secured, and that the path to citizenship in the U.S. would follow the rule of law.
In the first action of its kind under President Trump’s new administration, a 23-year-old illegal immigrant who was in the U.S. under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program has been arrested in Washington State.
Newsmax reports on the DACA program implemented under former President Obama:
The program protects from deportation 750,000 people who were brought to the United States illegally as children, sometimes called the “dreamers,” and gives them the temporary right to work legally in the United States.
However, many of the children afforded the protection under the DACA program are now grown and continue to live in the U.S. under work or school permits that are all-too-easy to renew.
Daniel Ramirez Medina was arrested in his father’s home this week during a raid by Immigrations and Customs Enforcement officers who were there to serve a warrant on his father.
Medina’s father was arrested on a felony charge, and had been previously deported from the U.S. on criminal charges.
Medina had come to the U.S. at age 7, and though he had renewed his work permit, reports of criminal behavior and his illegal status sent a red flag to ICE officers.
Reuters reports the young man was taken into custody as a precaution due to reports he was involved in a local gang:
Ramirez was a “self-admitted gang member,” said Rose Richeson, a spokeswoman for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), in a statement.
“ICE officers took Mr Ramirez into custody based on his admitted gang affiliation and risk to public safety.
President Trump has assured Americans that the immigration policies of the U.S. will be quickly and severely overhauled.
But he has also committed to looking at the circumstances of immigrant individuals and families while protecting the citizens of the U.S. and its borders.
Trump, a Republican who took office on Jan. 20, has promised a crackdown on the estimated 11 million illegal immigrants in the United States, most of whom come from Mexico and other Latin American countries. A move against DACA recipients like Ramirez would represent a significant broadening of immigration enforcement under Trump.
Trump campaigned on a promise to roll back Obama’s executive actions on immigration, but since assuming office he has kept his public comments on DACA vague.
In an interview with ABC News last month, Trump said his administration was devising a policy on how to deal with people covered by DACA. “They are here illegally. They shouldn’t be very worried. I do have a big heart. We’re going to take care of everybody. We’re going to have a very strong border,” Trump said at the time.
In typical liberal fashion, there has been a huge outcry against Trump’s ideas for immigration reform, as well as on his temporary pause on immigration from countries affiliated with high-risk terrorist activity.
Trump’s executive order was put on hold by a biased panel of only three judges of the Ninth Circuit.
But President Trump remains committed to securing our borders and making residency in the U.S. a fully legal process for immigrants.
Newsmax reports that in the last week alone,
“U.S. immigration officers arrested more than 680 people in the country illegally. Department of Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly said the operations, conducted in at least a dozen states, were routine and consistent with regular operations.”