ICE Prepares for Mass Deportations, Acting Director Admits 'We Have No Choice'


Desperate times call for desperate measures.

And the crisis at the border is absolutely a crisis. If you have any doubt about that, read this now.

In response to the crisis, President Donald Trump’s administration is moving forward with a plan for large-scale deportations. The proposal would address a current problem area — migrant families who fail to attend their court dates, when they would learn their asylum claims have been denied and be ordered for deportation.

According to Washington Examiner, the acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Mark Morgan, said ICE hopes the plan will “disincentivize” migrants who are not actually in fear of their lives but still cross the border illegally and falsely claim asylum.

Why take this drastic step now? Because it’s a crisis. It really is. Even though the left says it’s not a crisis, then says it is, then says it’s not, then says it is, and then says it is not — make no mistake — it is absolutely a crisis.

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So, the time to act is right now.

Morgan agrees with me: “We have no choice as I see this, we need to take some interior enforcement action,” Morgan said. “We need to continue to do everything that we can within the current legal framework, within the current laws, within the current statutorily mandated duties of ICE, to assist, to reduce this humanitarian crisis.”

Morgan was clear: “That will include families.”

While ICE will not target families per se, Morgan was clear that no classification of unauthorized immigrants would escape the new operation by means of an exemption.

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“I think that a significant incentive there is the fact that once you’re here and you’ve gone through the entire due process in this country and you’ve received a final order of deportation … We’re in a position where we need to enforce that to disincentivize these individuals from taking that trip, exploiting the loopholes, and entering our country illegally,” Morgan said.

The current limitations on how long a child can be detained and the family detention centers’ full capacities make a quick implementation of ICE’s plan a necessity.

ICE’s resources are “strained” and the agency is consistently housing more than maximum capacity.

Of course, the left will complain that any reform is evil. Sending them back is “xenophobic.” Keeping them here is “heartless.” Spreading them around is “bigoted.” Tightening the ports of entry is “racist.”

But the truth is that until we address the number of entrants, the drain on resources and over-capacity centers will continue to run at crisis levels.

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The left wants its cake and to eat it too.

“If they don’t like the laws, they can change them. But right now, this is the law,” Morgan said. “This is ICE’s mandate. I’m committed to ensure that we’re executing those laws with compassion and humanity.”

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G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal.
G.S. Hair is the former executive editor of The Western Journal and vice president of digital content of Liftable Media.

After graduating law school from the Cecil C. Humphries School of Law, Mr. Hair spent a decade as an attorney practicing at the trial and appellate level in Arkansas and Tennessee. He represented clients in civil litigation, contractual disputes, criminal defense and domestic matters. He spent a significant amount of time representing indigent clients who could not afford private counsel in civil or criminal matters. A desire for justice and fairness was a driving force in Mr. Hair's philosophy of representation. Inspired by Christ’s role as an advocate on our behalf before God, he often represented clients who had no one else to fight on their behalf.

Mr. Hair has been a consultant for Republican political candidates and has crafted grassroots campaign strategies to help mobilize voters in staunchly Democrat regions of the Eastern United States.

In early 2015, he began writing for Conservative Tribune. After the site was acquired by Liftable Media, he shut down his law practice, moved to Arizona and transitioned into the position of site director. He then transitioned to vice president of content. In 2018, after Liftable Media folded all its brands into The Western Journal, he was named executive editor. His mission is to advance conservative principles and be a positive and truthful voice in the media.

He is married and has four children. He resides in Phoenix, Arizona.
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