The Trump administration is preparing to issue whopping $500,000 fines to illegal immigrants who have refused to comply with orders to leave the country, according to new reporting from NPR.
The fines would apply to some illegal migrants who have ignored orders of deportation for years.
Judgments against the scofflaws could make it much harder for them to remain illegally in the country, as the court system would have the power to impose wage garnishments and other penalties to recoup the cost of the hefty fine.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has the power to levy fines against individuals held in contempt of immigration law.
The Immigration and Nationality Act states that ICE can impose fines “on aliens who have been ordered removed or granted voluntary departure and fail to depart the United States.”
An ICE representative, Lisa Hoescht, already declared the agency’s intention to levy the $497,777 fine against an illegal immigrant in gross violation of immigration court decisions.
Should the fines make it through the progressive-activist dominated federal court system, remaining in the U.S illegally could become a very expensive proposition for illegal immigrants who remain steadfastly intent on violating the law.
The Trump administration is also preparing a grand wave of deportation operations to celebrate the Fourth of July.
Even as progressive activists gunk down the pipes in the federal court system, the Trump administration continues to push for the renewed immigration enforcement the American people have cried out for for decades.
Texas Political Establishment Attempts to Derail Shelley Luther’s Campaign
The special election for Texas’ Senate District 30 is on pace to be one of the most heated races in the Lone Star State.
At a candidate forum on September 18, 2020, Shelley Luther, the Dallas salon owner who was jailed for opening her business in defiance of Governor Greg Abbott’s shutdown order, confronted outgoing State Senator Pat Fallon.
Fallon vacated his seat and is now backing a successor in State Representative Drew Springer.
“We don’t want somebody who’s going to be at odds with our Republican governor,” Fallon said September 18 at the Grayson County Republican Women’s Club.
I didn’t support some of the things that he has done about opening up. … So, he’s made some mistakes. He’s our Republican governor, the 80/20 rule … because you’re not going to get any bills passed unless the governor signs them.
“Let me make something clear. I am accountable to my fellow citizens in Senate District 30. Not our Governor,” Luther responded on September 19 on Facebook:
This is exactly what is wrong with Austin. Our politicians are more loyal to Abbott than us, even when they disagree with him.
I will work with Governor Abbott when he is fighting to protect the liberty of Texans, and I will oppose him when he pushes unilateral dictates that shut down our local businesses.
Fallon and Luther had a tense exchange, which was caught on video.
“You want me to go all in on this race?” Fallon questioned Luther. “I have been 5 percent in on this race. You want me to go all in on it, I’m welcome to.”
“This has become a straight-up fight between Abbott and the ‘Kumbaya’ Professional Political Class vs. the grassroots and people who remember what limited government and principles should look like,” opined conservative activist Mike Openshaw.
“Respectfully, being willing to be jailed for fighting over-reaching government shows principle; that counts for something, Patrick,” Openshaw continued.
Luther has recently received endorsements from conservative Collin County Judge Chris Hill and Young Conservatives of Texas. Springer, on the other hand, received an endorsement from the Fort Worth Star-Telegram, which asserted that Luther was going down a “far right” path.
A Republican is expected to carry the senate district, which may still require a runoff if the leading candidate does not get enough votes during the first round of the special election.
Election Day will be on September 29.
Luther is viewed as the truly conservative option and many believe she could help break the political status quo in Austin that has kept conservative legislation from ever being passed.
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