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Sean Hannity: President Trump's immigration raids just another promise kept

There is collective hysteria from the alt-radical left over the fact that federal immigration officials arrested 680 mostly dangerous individuals in a series of raids

 

Once again, there is collective hysteria from the alt-radical left over the fact that over the last week, federal immigration officials arrested 680 mostly dangerous individuals in a series of raids.

From press accounts, you would think they were all virtuous, wonderful people just trying to make a better life for their children. In fact, the vast majority of these people were, in addition to being here illegally, convicted of serious crimes.

"Of those arrested, approximately 75 percent were criminal aliens convicted of crimes including, but not limited to, homicide, aggravated sexual abuse, sexual assault of a minor, lewd and lascivious acts with a child, indecent liberties with a minor, drug trafficking, battery, assault, DUI and weapons charges," read a statement put out by the Department of Homeland Security.

Amid all the wailing and gnashing of teeth, President Trump reminded us that he was just doing what he said he would do.

“We have really done a great job. We're actually taking people that are criminals, very, very hardened criminals in some cases, with a tremendous track record of abuse and problems, and we're getting them out,” Trump said. “And that's what I said I would do. I'm just doing what I said I would do.”

Of course, these facts didn't matter to the abusively biased alt-left media, which went into breathless hysteria.

“A stern warning to all 11 million undocumented living in the United States, most of them law-abiding and paying taxes and working, that they're no longer safe to stay here,” Jim Avila said on ABC’s “World News Tonight,” Feb. 12.

On the same night, NBC’s “Nightly News” reported somberly, “We begin tonight with the growing battle over immigration in this country. Hundreds of undocumented immigrants were arrested this week across the nation in what authorities insist are routine law enforcement operations.”

The media forgot to mention that these raids had been planned for a long time. On top of that, the media is now actively working to help and protect illegal alien law breakers. USA Today has put out an article with the headline, "What to do if immigration officers come knocking at your door?"

Imagine if the tables were turned and a conservative outlet had encouraged law-breaking?

President Trump made it very clear he was going to deport criminal illegal immigrants, and it was one of his key campaign promises. But he was not the first president to make such a pledge. Presidents Obama and Clinton said the exact same thing.

“It is wrong and ultimately self-defeating for a nation of immigrants to permit the kind of abuse of our immigration laws we have seen in recent years, and we must do more to stop it,” Clinton said in 1995.

Ten years later, then-Sen. Obama had this to say:

“We all agree on the need to better secure the border and to punish employers who choose to hire illegal immigrants,” the future president said. “You know, we are generous and welcoming people here in the United States, but those who enter the country illegally and those who employ them disrespect the rule of law and they are showing disregard for those who are following the law.”

Just two years ago, Obama as president elaborated.

“Today, our immigration system is broken, and everybody knows it,” Obama said. “Even as we are a nation of immigrants, we're also a nation of laws. Undocumented workers broke our immigration laws, and I believe that they must be held accountable. If you're a criminal, you'll be deported.”

Where was the outrage over those statements? Its absence exposes the rampant hypocrisy from the alt-radical left and it proves that they'll attack President Trump for anything to try and score cheap political points.

President Trump, like many of his predecessors, wants to keep Americans safe. That's the bottom line here. The left wants to play the race card while the president wants to stop drugs and criminals from pouring across the border.

According to a 2015 report from the Migration Policy Institute, an estimated 820,000 of the projected or estimated 11 million illegal immigrants living in America are convicted criminals. In fiscal 2015, 36.6 percent of the over 70,000 federal sentences meted out were for crimes committed by illegal aliens.

Back in 2014, I sat through a briefing with former Texas Gov. Rick Perry where we were told a shocking statistic about illegal immigrant crime just in the state of Texas. Criminal aliens have been responsible about 642,000 criminal offenses over the previous seven years.

This is beyond a serious problem. It is impacting every single American. And the American people are being hurt and you're paying a lot of money because of illegal immigrants, crimes and drugs that are coming across the border.

President Trump says he wants to stop this from happening. But again, many on the alt-radical left are doing everything they can do to prevent it from happening, and it's putting American lives in danger.

Adapted from Sean Hannity's monologue on "Hannity," Feb. 13, 2017

Sean Hannity currently serves as host of FOX News Channel's (FNC) Hannity (weekdays 9-10PM/ET). He joined the network in 1996 and is based in New York. Click here for more information on Sean Hannity

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