Two Georgia activists who stand on polar opposites regarding illegal immigration released statements on Trump administration instructions issued yesterday by the Department of Homeland Security. One of the memos is titled “Enforcement of the Immigration Laws to Serve the National Interest” and another one is “Implementing the President’s Border Security and Immigration Enforcement Improvements Policies,” which provides guidance to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and the Border Patrol on how to execute President Donald Trump’s Jan. 25 executive orders.
“Big smiles and a happy dance here! After eight years of Obama, it looks like immigration enforcement is breaking out all over the country,” says Dustin Inman Society president D.A. King. “Memo to the now panicked liberal mainstream media: Don’t forget to tell your readers, viewers and listeners that all illegal aliens are deportable. While we bask in the glow of a president who seems to genuinely care about Americans and our jobs, we still point to Mexico’s enthusiastic and unapologetic immigration enforcement policies as a goal for the rest of our elected officials, including here in Georgia.” King cites Homeland Security figures that show Georgia with more illegal aliens than Arizona and the fact that Georgia driver’s licenses have been issued to aliens with illegal status since 2012. Mexico does not issue drivers licenses to any class of illegal aliens.
Jerry Gonzalez, executive director of the left-leaning Georgia Association of Latino Elected Officials (GALEO), issued this warning: “This is the extremist mass deportation policy that Trump announced during his campaign. These policies will expand the categories for people who would be prioritized for deportation. This is a dangerous policy which would terrorize our communities and wreak havoc on our economy.”
“In Georgia history when we had immigration raids during the Vidalia onion picking season, our congressional delegation was quick to stop these raids because of the potential economic impact,” Gonzalez said. “Now, we need our Georgia governor, state leadership and all of our congressional delegation to denounce these plans and to work against the efforts to tear apart families and to harm Georgia’s economic prosperity.”
The first Homeland Security memo lays out several guidelines for interior enforcement, but most significantly it rescinds “all existing conflicting directives, memoranda, or field guidance regarding the enforcement of our immigration laws and priorities for removal” issued by the Obama administration. This includes the Morton Memos issued in 2011-12 and the Priority Enforcement Program launched in 2014 that heavily restricted ICE’s interior enforcement efforts.