By Ronald Mortensen / Feb 9, 2017 / Columnist at Utah Standard News

With a stroke of the pen, President Donald J. Trump has destroyed the carefully constructed myth of the noble, law abiding illegal alien.

The President’s Executive Order 13768 (E.O 13768), Enhancing Public Safety in the Interior United States, has forced the advocates of illegal aliens to acknowledge that people unlawfully in the Unite States are committing serious crimes that do serious harm to their victims.  Political, business, religious and media elites are no longer able to simply repeat the false mantra that illegal immigration is equivalent to breaking the speed limit, which everyone does, or that illegal aliens commit no infractions beyond entering the United States illegally or overstaying their visas.

Even more importantly, these same advocates are now forced to argue openly that illegal aliens should be granted amnesty from the multiple felonies that they commit—Social Security fraud, identity theft, forgery, perjury on I-9 forms, fraudulently obtaining public benefits, etc.

E.O 13768 specifically refuses to “exempt classes or categories of removable aliens from potential enforcement.”  This means that the vast majority of people unlawfully in the United States are once again subject to deportation because they are committing serious criminal acts, including multiple felonies, to get a job and taking public benefits that they are not entitled to.

Just how widespread illegal alien crimes are, and what a serious threat to illegal aliens the Executive Order is, can be seen in the statement of California State Senate President Pro Tem Kevin De Léon:  “I can tell you half of my family would be eligible for deportation under [President Donald Trump’s] executive order, because if they got a false Social Security card, if they got a false identification, if they got a false driver’s license…, if they got a false green card, and anyone who has family members, you know, who are undocumented knows that almost entirely everybody has secured some sort of false identification. That’s what you need to survive, to work…. That’s what you need to do to survive in this economy.” (Statement begins at 11:45 here)

A careful reading of the Senator’s statement shows that he unequivocally acknowledges that illegal aliens routinely use multiple false documents to obtain jobs and other benefits that they are not entitled to—that illegal aliens are not law abiding people but rather are people who are committing serious crimes.

When asked if he had concerns for Americans harmed by illegal aliens who were using their stolen Social Security numbers, De Léon replied that this has been a reality for 50 years and it should not be a deportable offense.  In other words, it is o.k. for illegal aliens to commit felonies that do serious harm to Americans and it is up to the Americans to suffer these crimes in silence.

De Léon’s assertions about the scope of illegal alien crime are confirmed by the Los Angeles Times which writes:  “Up to 8 million [of an estimated 11 million] people in the country illegally could be considered priorities for deportation….People could be booked into custody for using food stamps or if their child receives free school lunches.  Even the Social Security system, which many immigrants working illegally pay into under fake [unlawfully obtained and/or stolen] identification numbers, would take a hit.  The vast majority have worked in violation of the law by stating [under penalty of perjury] on federal employment forms that they were legally allowed to work. Trump’s order calls for targeting anyone who lied on the forms… Trump’s deportation priorities also include smaller groups whose totals remain elusive: people in the country illegally who are charged with crimes that have not yet been adjudicated and those who receive an improper welfare benefit, used a fake identity card, were found driving without a license or received federal food assistance.”

So, instead of being good law abiding people as the advocates for illegal aliens have consistently proclaimed, these same advocates are now telling us that illegal aliens are fraudulently getting food stamps, free school lunches, using unlawfully obtained Social Security numbers and identity documents, driving without licenses, using false green cards, falsifying employment forms and committing other serious violations of American laws.  And, by the way, that is o.k. because they are illegal aliens, not American citizens or legal residents, and therefore they should not be held accountable for their crimes.

Well, many Americans disagree with those who say that it is o.k. for illegal aliens to violate the nation’s laws and to do serious harm to millions of Americans who are victims of their crimes including rampant identity theft.  And these Americans do not believe that illegal aliens should be granted amnesty from their crimes while leaving their American citizen victims to try to recover from the harm done to them.

E.O 13768 finally holds illegal aliens accountable for their criminal acts and destroys the myth of the law abiding illegal alien.  It finally puts Americans first rather than sacrificing them for the benefit of illegal aliens and their employers and it finally forces the advocates of illegal aliens acknowledge that illegal immigration is not a victimless crime.  Elections certainly do have consequences.

 

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