Stung by criticism of being harsh and unkind to illegal aliens, ICE is developing a voluntary deportation program. According to a story on Foxnews.com today ICE is letting illegals leave the country at their leisure, given up to 90 days, so that they can settle their affairs.
The program, dubbed "Scheduled Departure," gives immigrants who have no criminal history and pose no threat to the community up to 90 days to make travel arrangements, and in some cases say goodbye to their families, without being placed in a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, detention center.
The three-week program began Tuesday in Phoenix, Chicago, San Diego, Charlotte, N.C., and Santa Ana, Calif. It is aimed at clearing up a backlog of deportation cases and is a response to complaints that ICE disrupts families when removing immigrants from the country.
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Where do you start with this.
First, there is the issue of not breaking apart their families. This is a choice they made when they chose to break our immigration laws. One recurring theme on this whole “not separating families” bit is women who have children in the U.S. Under the U.S. Constitution, a person born in the United States is a natural born citizen. What happens is an illegal immigrant has a baby here (with no insurance, guess who pays for this) then they raise hell if we try to deport them because we are tearing their family apart. The thinking by them is that they should be rewarded for evading detection and then having a baby on our dime.
Then we have the issue of illegals who “pose no threat to the community”. Most, while by definition law-breakers, are not violent drug dealing murders. With this said, there has been significant anecdotal evidence to show that we need to be cautious with them. While I do not believe we need to run ‘em all out to protect our women and children, it doesn’t seem too unreasonable to err on the side of caution and get them back in their own country as soon as possible. Law enforcement personnel in our cities have enough to do protecting citizens from our own home bred criminals without giving them more criminals to watch. It seems unlikely that ICE officials can just look at an illegal, run a background check, and determine which ones are completely safe. We have all heard too many stories of illegals deemed safe and released back into society to injure or murder honest hard working citizens.
Finally, we have this little gem, “immigrants who have no criminal history”. These are people who, by the simple act of being here, have a criminal history. Are they talking about criminal history other than crossing the border illegally, working without paying taxes, sending their children to school without paying for it, clogging up our Emergency Rooms without insurance. Other than this they are just like all other law abiding citizens.
We need to stop the victimization of criminals in our country and get rid of this kinder, gentler approach. Illegal immigrants made the decision to break the law so they need to be made to take responsibility for these actions and be deported when caught.