Yeah, I know – I’ve been spending perhaps a bit too much time over at a couple of Lefty sites lately. Once again, yet another defense against deportation that forgets to bring up the MOST important question / answer. It’s almost as if this ACLU lawyer (“Jeanne Hruska is policy director for ACLU-NH”.) did it on purpose in this Concord Monitor Op-Ed (reformatted)?
Nearly two decades ago, Christian families from Indonesia fled persecution in their country and sought refuge in the United States. Dozens settled in New Hampshire and Massachusetts and have since become valued members of their communities. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Boston field office, recognizing the families’ good standing in the community and their real fear of persecution should they ever return to Indonesia, began a program several years ago that enabled the families to stay in the United States. The program was heralded as a success for keeping members of our community here in New Hampshire in exchange for voluntary and regular ICE supervision.
But suddenly, through no fault of their own, these families are set to be deported back to a country where they will almost surely face persecution unless the U.S. District Court intervenes. These families are among those Washington is seeking to deport. Nowhere in ICE’s process, however, has there been sufficient consideration of the possibility that the U.S. government would be sending these people back to a country hostile to them.
And then The Law rears it’s head. ALWAYS remember that we would not be who we are as a country if we didn’t adhere to The Rule of Law. However, over the 8 years of the Obama Administration (and previous Bush admins as well), it seems that our Political Class got to the point of emotions over that Rule of Law; my response:
The operative question is always, in the case of illegal immigration, did they come here illegally? Everything stems from that first question.
Which you ignored in your piece. Being a lawyer, why did you so conveniently leave out that question?
I am under no illusion that I’ll get an answer – but it needs to be asked.
It doesn’t matter that they were facing (allegedly) persecution. It doesn’t matter that they’ve assimilated (unfortunately). It doesn’t matter that ICE played pickaboo with the law and regulations and let them slide (actually, very unfortunately). They’ve run into the problem of being extra-legal (like Trump obliterating Obama’s Executive Orders BECAUSE Obama took the cheap way out).
It does suck to be those families right now – but over the intervening years, they did nothing to get themselves “legally here”. But to have an officer of the Court blatantly disregard the Law – well, welcome to a data point that proves the morass that the Left has brought this country into.