Friday, March 3, 2017

Breaking through media hysteria on immigration raids

Matt O'Brien, a former national security chief at the U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, warns people not to trust major corporate media assertions that President Donald Trump's administration is changing immigration law.

In LifeZette, he writes:
The Trump administration recently issued new immigration enforcement guidance to the Department of Homeland Security that has sent the media into a full-bore fit of hysteria.

Given all the hyperbole, you’d think the media might attempt to get some of their facts straight. While President Donald Trump’s instructions are being falsely portrayed by the press as drastic changes in U.S. immigration law, he’s simply demanding existing legislation be applied as it is already written.

For example, a recent article in The New York Times offers a blatant misrepresentation: “The new enforcement policies put into practice language that Trump used on the campaign trail, vastly expanding the definition of ‘criminal aliens.'”

Actually, President Trump hasn’t expanded the definition of “criminal aliens.” That definition is set out in Section 237 of the Immigration and Nationality Act and it hasn’t changed one iota in years; only Congress has the power to change it. President Obama chose to ignore the law and flood American communities with criminal aliens who should have been deported. President Trump has decided to enforce the existing law and protect the American public.
This development has some relevance for us at the Capital Press, particularly in light of a reported immigration interdiction in Woodburn, Ore., last week and worker concerns shared at a Yakima, Wash., conference over a perceived uptick in arrests.

We are all checking with our sources throughout the West to see if there has indeed been an uptick, or if people are just paying more attention to otherwise routine actions by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents in light of some of Trump's rhetoric. We will report what we've found, whatever that is.

So far, we know that there have been no widespread enforcement actions in Central Washington because of the Trump administration's announced policy.

I believe this is the type of story with which publications like the Capital Press really stand in the gap. For our continued coverage, keep watch at

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