Liberal activists may be wringing their hands about the Trump administration’s commitment to enforcing immigration law, but the agents who dedicate their lives to protecting this nation couldn’t be happier. In interviews with agents and officials in Florida, California, Texas, and elsewhere, The New York Times found that ICE and Border Patrol employees were thrilled to finally be able to do their jobs.
“Gone are the Obama-era rules that required them to focus only on serious criminals,” the Times reported Sunday. “In Southern California, in one of the first major roundups during the Trump administration, officers detained 161 people with a wide range of felony and misdemeanor convictions, and 10 who had no criminal history at all.”
The Times spoke to one 10-year veteran of ICE who said Trump’s election had made an immediate difference in the day-to-day life of immigration enforcement authorities.
“Before, we used to be told, ‘You can’t arrest those people,’ and we’d be disciplined for being insubordinate if we did,” the agent said. “Now those people are priorities again. And there are a lot of them here.”
Another veteran agent said, “The discretion has come back to us; it’s up to us to make decisions in the field. We’re trusted again.”
Despite the focus of the story – how immigration enforcement agents feel about the Trump era thus far – the Times managed to insert their political biases into the article. Naturally, they devote some space to the seemingly-insignificant minority of ICE and Border Patrol officials who are skeptical about the new rules from Homeland Security:
Two officials in Washington said that the shift – and the new enthusiasm that has come with it – seems to have encouraged pro-Trump political comments and banter that struck the officials as brazen or gung-ho, like remarks about their jobs becoming “fun.” Those who take less of a hard line on unauthorized immigrants feel silenced, the officials said.
We’re supposed to take this as, “Yes, ICE and Border Patrol agencies are filled with the kind of jackbooted alt-right Nazis you might expect…but there are a handful of good people in there who are afraid to speak out.”
To hell with that. Why shouldn’t immigration agents feel empowered and enthusiastic about doing their jobs? While the Times (and every other liberal news outlet in the country) may argue otherwise, these officers are just like police, medical first-responders, U.S. intelligence officials, and those who serve in the military. They are an integral part of what separates our civilization from the madness of crime, chaos, and anarchy. And for eight long years, they’ve been at the mercy of a man who essentially believed that their mission was un-American and inhuman – a man who did everything in his power to keep them on the sidelines. We’re supposed to condemn them for being excited about a president who tells them they are important, valued, and patriotic? A president who encourages them – hell, scratch that – allows them to do their job? No way. These agents can slap a MAGA sticker on their uniforms and blast “You Can’t Always Get What You Want” from their vans for all we care.
Here’s to the men and women who are out there making this country great again. Thanks to President Trump, they are cleared to resuscitate the rule of law.