650+ Illegals Caught in 1st Major Raids of Trump Era

by Stephen Dinan - The Washington Times  |  published on February 15, 2017

Homeland Security Secretary John KellyHomeland Security netted more than 680 immigrants last week in the first major series of raids since President Trump took office, sparking a feverish response from advocates who said agents went after rank-and-file migrants whom the Obama administration had considered off limits.

Secretary John F. Kelly insisted that the raids were standard procedure and said they focused on those with criminal records, just like agents did under President Obama. Most of the rest were fugitives who were ignoring deportation orders or had already been deported and managed to sneak back into the U.S. — also priorities under Mr. Obama.

But activists reacted with horror, urging boycotts and rallies and saying a “campaign of terror” has descended on their communities.

They hoped to bloody the administration’s nose by trying to force a change in course before Mr. Trump can step up his deportation efforts.

“This is a new day. This is the deportation force that he has been threatening since the campaign,” said Marielena Hincapie, executive director of the National Immigration Law Center.

  • Marilynn Reeves

    Stay the course Mr. President. Purge our land.

  • CharlieSeattle

    …Homeland Security netted more than 680 immigrants?
    ……… rank-and-file migrants?

    ……………by Stephen Dinan – The Washington Times?? …Figures!

    Uhh, They are ………ILLEGAL ALIENS!

  • CharlieSeattle

    Deport 2 liberals with every …ILLEGAL ALIEN!

  • Front Sight

    40,000,000 migrants/700 migrants per day = 57143 days, approximately. That equals 156.65 years to rid the country of the invasion scum. Most of the migrants will be born, live at taxpayer expense, and die in the United States without being deported. It’s time for the shock and awe!

  • AmericanIcon

    First, they are not ‘immigrants’, they are illegal alien invaders. Second, what the previous administration ‘considered’ them is irrelevant – they are lawbreakers. Stop and consider this: If we reward these criminals, rather than punishing them, doesn’t any other criminal have the right to demand his (or her) criminal actions be rewarded rather than punished? We’ve set the precedent…

  • Pete Bundy

    So far so good but time to arrest those that harbor these criminals and enforce the laws about hiring them.

  • Bishop351

    Be interesting to see the $ this group sponged off taxpayers…

  • Askjrsk

    Great beginnings. Thankyou PRESIDENT DONALD TRUMP.

  • 1IndianaSeniorCitizen2

    It’s a beginning — but a long way to 11 million.

  • dmttbt

    I could not be happier. If these so called communities can ask themselves if they are legal or illegal and come up with illegal then they already know they do not belong here. I say don’t categorize them and allow some to stay, start now deporting as many as possible and you will not catch up with the overwhelming number that are here.
    Yes , on the Russian question Trump has talked to the Russians. Grow up ofcourse he has, and so did every other president to my knowledge. We have been dealing with the Russians for centuries. Latest was the cold war. I don’t think the Russians are as stupid as we give them credit for. Who had the space station that we and the Russians both have sent people to work at? It was the Russians, not the united states.
    All (almost) the people who were raising hell about obama care now have decided to raise hell to keep it. That is not true, the ones who are turning demonstrations into riots are the people who are paid to do it. Not all the people are paid to be there but a large number and they infect the crowd with violence.
    I am not a protester I am someone who says arrest them. Find out who is paying them and is paying for their bus to travel there and furnish them with professionally printed signs and arrest them . Inciting to riot .

  • Cadfael

    It’s a beginning to stop the bleeding of welfare taxpayer dollars into the hands of non-U.S. citizen and resident pockets, or even right out of the country into Mexico.

  • justinwachin

    It’s time people stop embracing causes which will destroy America just because their party is not in power. The fact is our nation already has plenty of immigration laws on the books. I’m glad to see we are beginning to enforce them.

    If people are here legally they have nothing to fear.

  • roboteq

    Progressive liberals must stop taking sides against the U.S. and against American citizens. In fact, these outspoken, hate spewing Progressive liberals have also taken sides against all of the foreigners who have and still are going through legal processes to be in the U.S. and to become U.S. citizens. This is a matter of anarchists claiming rights over American citizens. They are supporting breaking existing laws. They are aiding and abetting criminals.

  • PBHayes

    ICE needs to stay the course until illegals get the message that they are no longer welcome in our country and self deport. As a taxpayer and a person who loves my country and the rule of law I want our nations laws enforced now.

  • CBUJAN

    Keep it up President Trump, we will get our country back.

  • Oldawg70

    Illegal aliens have zero rights… Go Trump/Pence!

  • Jean Langford M.

    ONLY 12 MILLION MORE TO GO….INCLUDING SENDING BACK THE BUTCHER MUSLIMS….

  • The Redhawk

    so what are the DUMABASSED (D) Anarchist Nazi party of Pelosi and the Senate Clown Braying about?? Trump is doing Exactly what US Laws call for and what Obama did>> DEPORT Illegal Felons, Rapists, Illegal Voters, gang bangers ….WHAT IS THEIR PROBLEM????? Other than their EXPLODED HEADS for having LOST another Election/////////That is!

    • Patriot47

      “Never let a good crisis go to waste.”

      • The Redhawk

        Yeah just like the One THEY ignored for Hillary Treason acts towards National security and selling of US Uranium to Russia.. but then they were Not inteterested in NATIONAL SECURITY…it just does not matter when it is ONE OF THEM!
        HYPOCRITES Lead the (D) Nazi Party

      • kbfallon

        Even if you must now invent the crisis.

        • The Redhawk

          of course…..Why Govern when yiu can waste time ‘ MAKING THINGS UP”

  • PatriotGal

    Good, now keep it up and deport EVERY CRIMINAL ILLEGAL…even those who said, “I didn’t know that resident and citizen were different that’s why I voted.” You knew enough to vote…you knew the difference. CRIMINAL!!!

  • Lorraine E

    Wonder if the “activists” would have been so angry if they had been attacked, robbed or had one of their family members murdered by one of these illegal alien criminals. It is insane to want to keep criminal illegal aliens in our country.

  • Tiger

    He needs to empty the prisons of the thousands who have a swinging door in and out. Send them all back and save the tax payers dollars. I get so sick of people talking about how many O deported when in FACT he brought in their place, 100,000 Muslims a year from the worst countries. Then there were 400 a day, according to the border guards who testified at the congressional hearing on the border, that run in daily, ME men.

    We haven’t a clue how many are actually here. The good thing is many already running for Canada. Good Trudeau loves Muslims and illegals.

    • The Redhawk

      Well the NEW (D) Nazi party of that OLD GOAT Pelosi and Senate Clown UPCHUCK seem only Interested in IGNORING the RULE of LAW and “forgetting” why they are in Congress

      • kbfallon

        Their problem is that they are now irrelevant….they used to run everything and now all they run is their ignorant mouths.

        • The Redhawk

          with Empty Heads caused by too many HEADS explosions in 2010, 12, 16 ? and that has them BABBLING

      • dmttbt

        I agree completely however do not blame it on only the democrats, the republicans have done nothing to increase our standard of living.. We need to know the enemy and they are then. Demos and repubs both.

        • The Redhawk

          I agree to a small degree…the Real and Present Danger at this time are the (D) Nazi party Terrorists…but I have expressed for a long time the need via term limit and Accountability to FLUSH the TOILET!

      • Tiger

        They will until stopped.

        • The Redhawk

          AS Soros/Obama are BUYING Anarchists may be a Revival of the TEA party is in ORDER……Flood all Town Hall Meetings of LOONIECRATS and Ask Pertinent questions ( not screaming, no riots) and let them EMBARAS themselves .. Sadly the PRESTITUTES will not REPORT

          • Tiger

            My town so quiet. All X military around here. The pukes don’t mess with any of us. Muslims hide and don’t even want to go into town. Now that’s the way I like it.

    • kbfallon

      What we need to watch is that they do not head our way –the border is pretty porous up there.

      • Tiger

        Nobody round my place. But if they show up most of us are X military.

  • Richard Bagenstose

    they are all ready fleeing to canada, and the democrats can’t protect them any more

    • used_to_be_a_liberal

      you are correct, but they will be protected by the “liberals” om Canada.

      • Richard Bagenstose

        not my problem , canada wants them they can have them and all the crime that goes along with them, and the welfare payments

        • used_to_be_a_liberal

          True, but, they will sneak back into the U S to do their damage. I can only hope that Trump does not allow them to enter Canada, if they do get into Canada, then I can foresee problems for the U. S.

          • John

            I am glad that you have had common sense and can evaluate both sides of a problem. I don’t think to many illegals will run to Canada because they have tougher security than the US does just try going across one of the great lakes to get to Canada and you will be met on the other shore by a border agent.

    • kbfallon

      The number heading north is so small that it is insignificant.

    • dmttbt

      I must caution you that to blame only the democrats is exactly how we got into this situation. You have to consider both crime families.

  • W. Coyote

    “…just like agents did under President Obama.”

    “..also priorities under Mr. Obama.”
    In other words, this is just a continuation of Obama Administration policy.

  • cathylovesyou

    So we are enforcing our laws mainly to keep Democrats Crying the big babies.
    Fear China Russia, Iran, No. Korea and the Democratic Party

    • dmttbt

      You are leaving out the republican party. Do you still believe they are the good guys and the democrats are the bad guys? How about all of them are the bad guys?

  • Pat Enery

    Questions. How many illegals declared themselves in the last census? What percentage of the population is illegal? Want an idea? How many people do you run into that don’t speak English in the course of 1 day? Consider major population centers like L.A. or Chicago. Let that sit in your head for awhile. Now consider this article blowing about rounding up 650.

    • kbfallon

      There are over 1.25 million illegals just in the NYC area. So……that’s one spot.

  • Jmanjo

    These dissidents are criminal themselves. Plotting or planning to fight the government is a good reason to lock them up too. These are comrades in arms to fugitives masquerading as political activists. It is time to get America safe again and these actions to gain social acceptance of their lawlessness is going to fail. Complaining loudly does not take away the criminal reasons of why these illegals are being arrested or detained.

  • Pat Enery

    Simple math. Let’s use the fake & decade+ old 11.5 million number. What percentage is 650 of 11.5 million? Consider that 1 million enter illegally every year since the fake 11.5 million number was coined. Do the math.

    • kbfallon

      If we allow this to continue — we will be the minority real soon. They all need to go or at the least have no chance of ever voting or receiving any more benefits.

  • Not_Easily_Impressed

    How many under Obama in the same number of days in office?

  • Doug

    Finally, the Federal Government is on the side of the Law. However, considering the cost to deport illegals (About $250,000 each per Judge Napolitano if they fight and the Mexican Government for one is encouraging them to do so and even providing aid), we need to take some additional actions:

    1. Build the wall, be it cement or virtual as needed with plenty of random patrols to back it up and have Mexico pay for it by paying them less for their products such as oil. Let them earn credits for real assistance in controling the border and eliminating the Cartels and drug trade.
    2. Register all illegals, refugees, students, etc. in the U.S. within 30 days. Any illegal that did not register is subject to immediate deportation on being identified.
    3. Increase the punishment for sanctuary cities (states), companies in the U.S., and individuals that hire illegals. If they can’t get a job one of the magnets that brings them and keeps them here ends.
    4. Set up a Legal worker program to fill jobs where needed and bill the countries of origin for any services provided, such as education and welfare.
    5. Bill the Countries of origin for the cost of supporting, incarcerating, adjudicating, and deporting their citizens.
    6. Once we have reasonable control and having evaluated our needs, reform legal immigration to let more people in legally that are thouroughly vetted and meet our needs and above all want to become Americans and respect our Constitution.
    7. NOT one person here illegally should have a path to citizenship (Unless serving in our military, etc.) until for example: Assuming we have 20 million illigals in country after deporting the criminals among them, then 20 million new legal immigrants must apply for citizenship before an illegal can. After that set up a rationing of maybe 5 legals then the next illegal.

    • dmttbt

      I see no reason why it would cost anything other than transportation cost to return an illegal to their own country. We need to deport and fence or wall at the same time. Why are we in this circumstance??? Who was in office when all these illegals came across and are still come across???

      • Doug

        @dmttbt – If the illegal fights deportation we the people pay for the prosecutor and the defense attorny and the court in addition to providing full support for the illegal while in custody and quite possibly even before.

        Illegal immigration has been an issue going back past the Reagan Administration. Former President Reagan agreed to amnesty for about 3 million illegals way back then in exchange for that wall we’re still waiting on.

        Officials and media have been claiming for over fifteen years that there are only around 20 million illegals in the U.S. I think the estimate is low. To be true, it would mean that there must be just as many leaving the U.S. as are coming in. Yet, no one sees any mass departures.

        In addition, during former President Obama’s Presidency we know that the flow of illegals into the U.S. turned into a flood resulting in terrible diseases once eradicated in the U.S. making comebacks. And worse, now the border needs to be secure to stop terrorists from entering the U.S.

        Hope I answered your questions. Have a nice day.

  • APB

    Many of these raids were under OBAMA planning and are just now being executed.
    One thing puzzles me.
    Each and every person who enters the USA is an ILLEGAL AILEN and is a FELON with 3 yrs jail time.
    OK so they are going after the ones who have committed other serious crimes and that’s good, but without micro chipping them like we do our pets GPS micro chipping, they will keep coming in.
    IO say throw them out, they come back shoot the bastards.

  • The_Frog_Prince

    Trump isn’t Obama. He wants to enforce the laws on the books and not just the ones he cares to enforce. We’re putting the word ‘Justice’ back in the Department of Justice. All the whining and attempts at obstructing law enforcement personnel from doing their job makes things worse, not better. Is word getting around that it may be easier to self-deport? Once e-verify becomes the law of the land are all these protesters going to make bigger fools of themselves? The wall is going to be built so anyone desiring to be on the other side of the wall need to get there. See how accepting Mexico and other countries are in taking in your tired butts. You live in a bubble or what?

    • dmttbt

      You say the wall is going to be built and I hope ypu are correct. However I saw Bob Corker senator from Tn. on the news a couple of weeks ago saying no to the wall because it spends money and he is against anything that spends money. He and all the rest of the thieves who sat in Washington and did nothing other than to aid in the deficit going from 9.6 trillion to 23 trillion now want to say they don’t want anything that is going to spend money. We have people with 60 years in the government as senator Bernie Sanders proves. Tell me what improvements have been made in those 60 years.
      The wall does not even have to be a wall, it can be a concertina wire fence with very high voltage and then on our side we need to have motion activated claymore mines to handle the stragglers that made it through. Why should we suffer for the crime and dictators in another country? We have the things we need already. Lets act like we have some sense.

      • gvette

        I guess you, and Corker never heard of Secure Fence Act of 2006.

        • LJ

          Unless a law is appropriately funded, it is meaningless.

  • TexRancher

    Just a start, but in a good direction. The feds can claim they’re just after the criminals (after all what is a criminal, but someone who intentionally breaks the laws as all ILLEGALS do), but when any “other” ILLEGALS are caught up in the process, send them back where they came from, too.

    As for breaking up their families, that’s their responsibility determined by how they handle the problems they brought upon themselves!

    This program is long overdue and should grow as needed. We’ll then see what Arizona proved; That ILLEGALS will start to “self-deport” in ever increasing numbers as long as we show continuing resolve to enforce the law! This shouldn’t be too difficult since there are so many ILLEGALS OCCUPYING this country now that you can’t swing a dead cat by the tail without hitting one!

    • podunk1

      If the 650 illegals were on welfare @ $36,000 annually, gov. saved $23.4 million annually!
      If the illegals were working, then citizens can take the jobs and quit welfare… saving another $23.4 million annually!
      If the illegals were in criminal 55% employer-employee tax/fringe/regulation evading employment @BLS avg. FULL-TIME wage the treasury etc. would start seeing almost ($30,000), tax etc. revenues would increase up to $9.5 million.

      Essentially speaking, deficit spending would drop $23 to $56 million annually, AND THAT DOESN’T INCLUDE ADDING A TAXPAYING CITIZEN with a real job, earned income, and no longer a servant of the liberal perpetual no-motion machine!!

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