Facts or feelings; this is what you will get from someone when the topic of ICE comes out. A few weeks ago I was watching a video of two Trump supporters engaging a white woman with a shaved head at a rally. The woman was protesting Trump and the supporters asked her a series of questions as to why she was protesting the President. The protestor said something very telling which pertains to the divide in this country over Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the enforcement of immigration policies as a whole. She said, “Facts don’t matter, only feelings matter.”
Recently Anderson Cooper was interviewing Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY) on 60 Minutes. Here is a portion of the interview:
“Since the election, some conservative media outlets have focused on Ocasio-Cortez with an intensity unusual for a rookie member of Congress,” Cooper said. “She’s been accused of being dishonest about the true cost of her proposals and the tax burden they would impose on the middle class. She’s also been criticized for making factual mistakes.”
“One of the criticisms of you is that– that your math is fuzzy. The Washington Post recently awarded you four Pinocchio’s for misstating some statistics about Pentagon spending?” Cooper said to the Congresswoman.
“Oh my goodness,” an incredulous Ocasio-Cortez said.
“If people want to really blow up one figure here or one word there, I would argue that they’re missing the forest for the trees,” she said. “I think that there’s a lot of people more concerned about being precisely, factually, and semantically correct than about being morally right.”
Cortez said being “morally right” is more important than being “factually right” and that whenever she makes “a mistake” it is not the same thing as President Trump “lying about immigrants.”
“But being factually correct is important,” Cooper told her.
“It’s absolutely important,” Ocasio-Cortez agreed. “And whenever I make a mistake. I say, “Okay, this was clumsy.” And then I restate what my point was. But it’s not the same thing as the president lying about immigrants. It’s not the same thing, at all.”
The protestor and Congresswoman are saying the same thing. Being “morally right/feelings” are more important than “facts” and being “factually right.” This is very scary! One has only her voice in a protest to affect change and the other has the Congressional ability to actually do it.
Facts and feelings are not the same. You may feel a certain way about immigration and the removal of people who have been convicted of crimes that are here without authorization. The facts remain that actions have consequences. Illegal immigration is not a made up term. Some people feel that ‘no person is illegal.’ Again, you are entitled to your feelings but not entitled to your own facts. If you are arrested and found guilty of a crime you are subject to the laws of this country and may face incarceration. If you were here illegally when you committed that crime you risk being set up for removal proceedings.
If you are uncertain as to why ICE was created and what they do here are some facts: “ICE’S mission is to protect America from the cross-border crime and illegal immigration that threaten national security and public safety. This mission is executed through the enforcement of more than 400 federal statutes and focuses on smart immigration enforcement, preventing terrorism and combating the illegal movement of people and goods.”
The following is a link to the fiscal year 2018 ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations Report. This report summarizes U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) activities in Fiscal Year (FY) 2018. ERO identifies, arrests, and removes aliens who present a danger to national security or a threat to public safety, or who otherwise undermine border control and the integrity of the U.S. immigration system. ICE shares responsibility for administering and enforcing the nation’s immigration laws with U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.
When you view that report you will see a table of criminal charges and convictions that run the gambit from DUI, drugs, robbery, theft, kidnapping, sexual assault, forgery, commercialized sexual offenses, and homicide to list a few.
2020 Presidential candidate Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA) likened immigration enforcement agency ICE to the Ku Klux Klan (KKK) at a Senate Homeland Security and Governmental Affairs Committee hearing to confirm President Trump’s nominee to run ICE. If a sitting Senator feels ICE, a governmental agency that is tasked with enforcing laws enacted by Congress “strikes fear” in certain communities and is “parallel” to the KKK which is a racist organization, what would she say about the fear felt by the victims of those crimes committed by illegal aliens?
Visiting, working and living in the United States is a privilege for non-citizens, not a right. Regardless of what open border advocates may feel about migration we are a sovereign nation. The role of the United States government is to protect its citizens from enemies domestic and abroad. ICE has been mandated to do just that. Those are the facts. For those who feel illegal immigration is a victimless crime, I ask them this…if you or someone you loved was a victim of a crime at the hands of someone here illegally how would you feel about the role of ICE then?