After decades of past administrations kicking the can down the road, President Donald Trump’s administration is finally enforcing immigration laws… but many people are having are hard time coming to terms with the change.
It’s safe to say that Jorge Garcia is one of them. The foreign national was just deported to Mexico after living illegally in the United States for 30 years, and his family is now speaking out about the decision.
“I’m trying to be strong. I just want to get my story out there,” Jorge’s wife, Cindy Garcia, said during a CNN appearance, according to The Hill.
“As depressed as I am — and I just want to scream and cry and lay in bed and not move — I know that I have to come forward for the people who cannot, and tell our story,” she continued, according to a RealClear Politics transcript.
“And how devastated we are that our case should have been looked at as an individual case and not as a whole because my husband is not a criminal.”
It should be noted that Jorge doesn’t deny that he lived illegally in the U.S. for three decades, which throws a bit of cold water on his wife’s “not a criminal” claim.
However, the case is predictably being used by the left as a rallying point against the enforcement of immigration laws, and Trump in particular.
“Jorge Garcia was brought to the U.S. by an undocumented family member when he was 10 years old. Today he has a wife and two children, all of whom are U.S. citizens,” reported the Detroit Free Press.
“His supporters say he has no criminal record — not even a traffic ticket — and pays taxes every year,” continued the Michigan newspaper.
Garcia apparently took steps toward gaining lawful U.S. residency since 2005, but ran into problems. He’s been essentially staying in America on borrowed time since the Obama administration.
“In November, Jorge Garcia, who was too old to qualify for protection under the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, was ordered to return to Mexico by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) after receiving extensions of his removal since 2009,” reported The Hill.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement gave Garcia one final extension so that he could spend the holidays with his family.
It’s a tough case. On one hand, all indications are that Jorge Garcia is the kind of good person who we should want coming to the country.
It certainly wasn’t his fault that he was brought across the border illegally when he was just a boy, and if the reports are accurate, he’s tried to make things right by seeking to become legal and being a responsible person.
On the other hand, even Garcia doesn’t deny that he was here illegally.
And that’s the point. Even if all illegal immigrants were otherwise upstanding members of the community, they would still be violating the law by being in the country without permission.
And the fact is, all illegal immigrants are not like Jorge Garcia. There’s a reason that illegal immigrant communities are crime-ridden, and that illegal aliens make up a segment of the federal prison population wildly out of proportion to their numbers compared to American citizens.
Contrary to what liberals would like America to believe, all illegal immigrants are not huddled masses yearning to breathe free. The population contains criminals, idlers and even terrorists — at least three of the 9/11 hijackers had overstayed their visas and were in the country illegally at the time of the attack, according to the Federation for American Immigration Reform.
And it’s not the job of a Border Patrol officer or Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent to decide who should stay and who should go.
The job of law enforcement agencies like ICE is to, well, enforce the law, and cherry-picking which offenses to enforce and which to purposely ignore is a slippery slope, ironically enough, toward the kind of police corruption and favoritism that occurs in places like Mexico. It’s also a big part of how the country got into the illegal immigration mess it’s in.
If anything, this case shows how broken DACA is, and how badly the country needs to re-vamp the immigration system.
Most Americans — conservatives included — are not against immigration. They simply want laws to be followed and the numbers to make sense.
Every sovereign nation has the right to decide how many immigrants to invite, and what rules should be in place. That isn’t unique to the United States, and countries ranging from Mexico to Switzerland to New Zealand all have their own strict border policies.
There is definitely room for a serious debate about how to fix the existing problems, and people like Jorge Garcia can perhaps be at the top of the waiting list when that happens.
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