In a tweet on Monday, President Donald Trump said that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents were gearing up for what could turn out to be the largest removal of illegal aliens in American history.
“Next week,” Trump wrote, “ICE will begin the process of removing the millions of illegal aliens who have illicitly found their way into the United States. They will be removed as fast as they come in.”
In rather absurd coverage of the tweet, the Washington Post attempted to turn Trump’s announcement into a blunder, comparing it to the widely-criticized Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf’s reckless warning last year, in which she tipped off illegal immigrants in her community that ICE was planning a raid. Several senior Trump officials, including the president, suggested that Schaaf was in violation of the law with her obstructive warning. Ultimately, the Justice Department did not pursue charges against the mayor.
Of course, there is little comparison to be made. For one, Trump is no dummy. It is entirely possible, if not likely, that “next week” is a red herring. For another, Trump gave away virtually nothing with this announcement in terms of location, strategy, or anything else that could help illegal aliens avoid arrest. Finally, it is clear to us that Trump’s intention was to encourage illegals with deportation orders against them to turn themselves in and avoid the strife that comes along with arrest. That strife could include family separation, so the president is giving illegal aliens one last chance to come clean and keep their family units together (in addition to avoiding what could be treacherous arrest conditions).
But it is virtually impossible for the liberal media to write a fair and balanced article when it comes to President Trump, let alone when the subject is illegal immigration.
“The family arrest plan has been considered even more sensitive than a typical operation because children are involved,” the Post reports, “and Homeland Security officials retain significant concerns that families will be inadvertently separated by the operation, especially because parents in some households have deportation orders but their children — some of whom are U.S. citizens — might not. Should adults be arrested without their children because they are at school, day care, summer camp or a friend’s house, it is possible parents could be deported while their children are left behind.”
This is precisely what Trump is trying to avoid by making this announcement. He knows more than anyone the kind of feeding frenzy the left will have if they can find even one picture of an immigrant child with a single tear rolling down their cheek. We all remember that oft-published photo of the woman running with her child from the tear gas at the border. We all remember it because the media couldn’t get enough of it. And yet still, in the weeks that followed, the American people consistently blamed the parents – not the Trump administration – for the situation they were putting their children in.
That inconvenient fact is not mentioned in the Washington Post story, of course.