Donald Trump Fed Up with Illegal Immigration

Ending “catch and release” and announcing “zero tolerance” may indicate that he is about to take dramatic action on illegal immigration.

Catch and release is the name of the policy that allows a great deal of illegal immigration into this country. People enter this country illegally and are caught. Then a hearing is scheduled and they are released until that date, when they are expected to show up for the hearing.

Often they don’t bother, but go into hiding instead.

Trump has begun to halt the policy. Reuters reports that “Trump signs memo ending ‘catch and release’ immigration policy.

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Additionally, Jeff Sessions has announced a new policy for dealing with illegal immigrants. The Washington Times reports, “Feds announce ‘zero tolerance’ policy for illegal immigration.

Attorney General Jeff Sessions on Friday ordered federal prosecutors to take a “zero tolerance policy” toward illegal immigrants nabbed at the U.S.-Mexico border, saying they should be prosecuted to the fullest extent possible.

U.S. attorneys in Arizona, New Mexico, southern California and southern and west Texas were told to prosecute every person Homeland Security officers and agents catch attempting to enter the U.S. illegally, “to the extent practicable.”

“You are on the front lines of this battle,” Mr. Sessions said in a memo to the prosecutors.

The orders [..] come as the latest numbers released this week showed a more than 200 percent increase in attempts at illegal entry in March, compared to a year earlier.

It turns out that prosecutors often don’t criminally charge first-time border crossers. Rather, they use the civil immigration system to get quickly deported. These deportees, however, are notorious for coming right back into the United States. Prosecution, on the other hand, when that option has been seriously pursued, truly stops illegal immigrants and makes coming to the U.S. unappealing. They come to work, not to spend time in jail.

Will Sessions orders be carried out? And will “catch and release” really be terminated? Or will their orders be “resisted” by government employees?

If Team Trump succeeds in changing government policy, this should have an impact on the number of immigrants trying to enter this country. A major motivation has been how easy it is to break immigration law and get away with it. If we start showing that crime doesn’t pay we shouldn’t have to deal with as many criminals.

These actions are certainly consistent with Trump’s campaign promises!

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Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder

Joe Scudder is the "nom de plume" (or "nom de guerre") of a fifty-ish-year-old writer and stroke survivor. He lives in St Louis with his wife and still-at-home children. He has been a freelance writer and occasional political activist since the early nineties. He describes his politics as Tolkienesque.

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