Tuesday, December 29, 2015
The ICE operation would target only adults and children who have already been ordered removed from the United States by an immigration judge, according to officials familiar with the undertaking, who spoke on the condition of anonymity because planning is ongoing and the operation has not been given final approval by DHS. The adults and children would be detained wherever they can be found and immediately deported. The number targeted is expected to be in the hundreds and possibly greater.Several churches around the country, involved in the Sanctuary Movement, including Tucson's Southside Presbyterian Church, announced on Friday that they are prepared to open their doors to any of these undocumented immigrants to avoid deportation and continue fighting their case. "As pastors we know that each and every family is a holy family," Southside's the Rev. Alison Harrington told Reuters. "We open our doors to today's Josephs and Marys. ... The gift we have to offer on Christmas Day is the gift of sanctuary."
Immigration rights advocates have begun rallying in opposition, arguing that it is inhumane for the government to send back to Central America—the source of many of these cases—people who have fled violence and crime-ridden neighborhoods for a chance at a better future for themselves and their children.Legally, that's true.
It's hard to argue with that logic, but it is based on a flawed premise. To not deport those whom an immigration judge has ruled ineligible to remain in the country is to throw over any notion of enforceable immigration law. And that is an indefensible position.
The government has both the right and the responsibility to determine who gets to enter the country, and who gets to stay as legal residents.
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