Almost 600 illegal immigrants and asylum seekers were dropped off at an El Paso bus station by Immigration and Customs Enforcement without any plans to detain or house them, according to a spokesman with the El Paso Police Department.
ICE justified the questionable move to release hundreds of previously detained illegal immigrants onto the streets by releasing a statement explaining that the agency was complying with a court order to release the migrants from custody within 20 days. Approximately 400 of the migrants had been released the day before Christmas Eve, with a further 186 being dropped off at a bus station on Christmas Day.
Democratic Congressman Robert ‘Beto’ O’Rourke of El Paso said that he had been told a further 500+ migrants were set to be released in the community on Wednesday.
Local law enforcement and municipal officials appear to have been given little to no advance notice about a sizable population of foreign nationals being released in the City of El Paso, some of whom may represent a criminal threat. Individuals linked to street gangs such as the MS13 gang and serious hardened criminal organizations such as the Sinaloas and Los Zetas drug cartels have been detected embedded with populations of illegal migrants arriving in the United States from Mexico and Central America.
Now that the illegal migrants have been released, it is likely that a significant percentage of the group will refuse to appear in court for immigration proceedings. They’ll likely either fade out of sight into the 12-million strong and growing population of illegals residing in the United States, or become subject to complicated and at times dangerous attempts to apprehend and deport them.
Meanwhile, President Donald Trump is fighting to secure the Southern border. Patrick Howley reported for Big League Politics:
President Donald Trump is in a good position on this fifth day of the government shutdown, with his base strongly supporting him.
The “who should get blamed for the shutdown?” narrative pushed by the press does not really apply here, because Trump’s real supporters — who exist in America, not on Fox News — largely think the shutdown is a good message. But it’s not just intended to be a message, it is intended to be a tactic to get us the border Wall funding. Nobody cares about the plight of temporarily unpaid “non-essential” government workers when our borders are being erased for the convenience of MS-13 and to the embarrassment of our country on the world stage.
Trump and his chief of staff Mick Mulvaney — whose first week on the job also happened to be Trump’s Best Week Ever — lowered their demand from $5 billion in an olive branch to the Democrats, who rejected it. With no deal, there is no reason for Trump to drop below $5 billion again. If anything, he should hold the line, because every day this goes on is another day Trump reminds his base that he is finally in a position to fight for is what is Right.
Here is President Trump’s Christmas press conference in which he declared that there must be a Wall if the Democrats want to see their beloved government open again.
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