Immigration and Customs Enforcement announced Wednesday that the agency would cease most of its immigration enforcement operations during the nationwide coronavirus emergency, a move that leaves many spectators concerned about the possibility of illegal aliens taking advantage of the agency’s freeze.
An official ICE statement on the change in approach confirmed that for the time being, the agency is returning to its old Obama Administration-era priority of focusing solely on illegals with felony convictions. The vast majority of illegal immigrants won’t be targeted for immigration enforcement during this time.
The agency will not “will not carry out enforcement operations at or near health care facilities, such as hospitals, doctors’ offices, accredited health clinics, and emergent or urgent care facilities, except in the most extraordinary of circumstances.”
ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) “will exercise discretion to delay enforcement actions until after the crisis or utilize alternatives to detention, as appropriate.”
At the very least, immigration enforcement actions by the agency are being delayed until the presence of the virus passes over.
The approach is similar to that adopted by the law enforcement agencies of several major American cities. Philadelphia’s District Attorney and Police Department have already issued an internal memorandum ordering that individuals committing nominally “petty” crimes such as burglary, vandalism, property theft and prostitution won’t be arrested during the height of the pandemic. Officers will instead retain their information for criminal prosecution at a later date.
However, Customs and Border Patrol is said to be turning away all asylum seekers and illegal immigrants seeking access at the nation’s borders. Federal refugee resettlement has also been suspended for the time being.
College Republican National Committee Flips Out After School Chapters Join Immigration Moratorium Coalition
The College Republican establishment is not happy about this.
The College Republican National Committee (CRNC) is enraged after several university chapters signed onto a letter calling for an end to temporary worker programs in the U.S. due the toll that the coronavirus pandemic has taken on the national economy.
College Republican leaders delivered the letter to the White House last week, urging Trump to put a moratorium on immigration policies that are jeopardizing the demographic integrity of the country.
“[W]e ask you to immediately take action to rescind the work authorization of hundreds of thousands of foreign, nonimmigrant skilled guest workers in order to ease the economic suffering of American college students and recent graduates looking for meaningful employment in these trying times,” the coalition wrote in their letter.
Over 25 College Republican and Young Republican groups signed onto the letter, which demonstrated how the “America First” movement is guiding and influencing conservative youth.
“These guest workers — and especially those in the OPT and H- 1B programs — take jobs temporarily at wages far below the average for their positions. This is because employers can easily pay these guest workers less than they pay Americans,” the letter stated.
“This is not right,” the letter added, calling for the H-1B program to be suspended and the OPT program to be shuttered permanently.
The letter has not come without consequences, as the CRNC has reportedly expressed displeasure with chapters that signed onto the coalition. Big League Politics has reported on how establishment forces within the College Republicans have conducted a witch hunt against Trump-style nationalists, harbored homosexual predators within their ranks, sided with ANTIFA terrorists against pro-Trump students, and committed other atrocious behavior to undermine the conservative cause.
Gavin Wax, a Fox News contributor who serves as President of the New York Young Republican Club, was instrumental in putting together the coalition. He believes that the letter represents the ascending movement within conservatism, and the push-back cannot stop the momentum that has coalesced behind this coalition with Trump in the White House.
“It is great to see young conservative leaders from across the country uniting to promote a common sense proposal to defend the American worker and our national sovereignty. We cannot continue to keep the gates open as working-class Americans struggle to provide for their own families,” Wax told Big League Politics.
“It is a shame that this position has not been readily adopted by more organizations and their national affiliations. We are thankful for the work FAIR and Michelle Malkin have done to advance this issue forward,” he added.
Big League Politics will continue to hold the College Republicans accountable as the establishment desperately tries to fend off the rising “America First” movement.
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