It’s no wonder the leadership of so many countries south of the U.S.-Mexican border oppose President Donald Trump’s immigration policy: They don’t want the citizens they exported back.
President Donald Trump turned heads in accusing illegals of bringing drugs and crime to the U.S., and he was right. When much of Latin America is rocked by gang and drug violence, is it really a surprise that criminals are going to be among those coming in illegally?
The Department of Justice revealed as much last month: one in five people in federal custody are illegal immigrants. You can learn more here:
Departments of Justice and Homeland Security Release Data on Incarcerated Aliens—94 Percent of All Confirmed Aliens in DOJ Custody Are Unlawfully Present https://t.co/GfV0YX1Zeg
— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) December 21, 2017
And here’s a more specific breakdown:
I guess it went without saying that the nations responsible for creating most of the drugs consumed in the U.S. are relying on illegal immigrant labor to spread them.
Among the most brutal drug gangs present in the U.S., which is composed mainly of illegal immigrants from El Salvador, is MS-13. The gang’s official motto is “kill, rape, control,” and has been the Trump Administration’s main target in cracking down on illegal immigrant crime. ICE has already arrested thousands.
Meanwhile, immigration laws are getting more strict across the board. According to the Washington Times,
The Department of Homeland Security has decided not to grant a full renewal of humanitarian protections to some 200,000 citizens of El Salvador who have been living in the U.S. since 2001.
An official announcement is expected later Monday, but sources on Capitol Hill briefed on the decision told the newspaper that new Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen has decided to grant an 18-month grace period, allowing Salvadorans to remain through September 2019, but won’t offer a renewal.
Temporary Protected Status allows them to live and work in the U.S. without fear of deportation. Without it, most TPS holders would be illegal immigrants.
Both the administrations of George W. Bush and Barack Obama renewed TPS regularly for Salvadorians, Hondurans, and Nicaraguans, and Hatians have been protected since the earthquake in 2010.
Trump is taking a more strict approach to the law, arguing that it should only apply if the home country is still recovering. Given that TPS has been regularly renewed for the past two decades, it’s clear that it’ll be renewed indefinitely in absence of intervention.
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