During a recent airing of Fox News Channel’s “Ingraham Angle,” South Dakota Governor Kristi Noem said that if the Biden administration attempts to settle illegal immigrants in her state, those unlawfully present in the country are “not going to find a place here in South Dakota.”
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) April 15, 2021
On April 14th, Governor Noem appeared on the show “Ingraham Angle,” where the show host brought up the topic of illegal immigrants getting placed in states all over the country through enablement efforts from the Biden Administration.
In the South Dakota governor’s response, she proclaimed that there is not going to be any proverbial welcome mat for illegal immigrants in her state:
“[W]hat I have determined by watching the actions of this president is that he is making America unsafe. These are people that are crossing our border illegally.
“We do not know who they are. Multiple news sources have told us that we have people on the terrorist watch list that are getting into this country this way, and they’re not going to find a place here in South Dakota.”
The show host responded to Governor Noem’s comments on the matter, asking whether the federal government is legally compelled to inform state officials when illegal immigrants are essentially going to be bused into their respective state.
Governor Noem responded, noting that traditionally the federal government has extended the courtesy of informing state officials prior to attempting moves of this nature:
“They have in the past always communicated with governors; I wouldn’t put it past this administration to do it very differently or do it in a way that they didn’t have the authority to.
“Listen, from what we’re seeing happen at the southern border and what we’re seeing happen in so many of our cities that this administration isn’t shutting down – it’s dangerous.
It’s dangerous to America, to the people that live here, and it’s going to take governors standing up and setting down the rules on what’s really going to happen in their states.”
The matter of states getting involved in certain aspects of immigration enforcement is dicey territory.
While the meaning of Governor Noem’s comments are clear in that she wants her political colleagues in the state to make it unattractive for illegal immigrants to want to be in her state in the first place, there are swirling complexities regarding how states can deter illegal immigrants from residing in their states.
While Governor Noem’s comments regarding illegal immigrants not finding “a place here in South Dakota,” sounds telling of her feelings on the matter, it is legally murky what at the state level can be done to address illegal immigrants from entering a state.
As evidenced by laws impacting registered sex offenders, individuals can be banished from getting in close proximity to certain designated areas within a state, i.e., schools, playgrounds, and such.
But a complete exile of an individual or class of individuals from a state within the country is also a legally gray area.
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As we previous report here at Law Enforcement Today, projections of illegal immigrants encounters along the southern border estimate as many as 1.2 million people encountering the border in 2021.
Here’s that previous report.
A recent analysis conducted by a Princeton Policy Advisor suggests that the southern border could see over 1 million illegal immigrants by the end of 2021, so long as current immigration trends continue as is.
More than a million illegal aliens could arrive at the United States-Mexico border this year, according to projection analysis. https://t.co/PfrhuiqHUE
— Breitbart News (@BreitbartNews) April 12, 2021
If current illegal immigration levels persist as a result of President Joe Biden’s approach to immigration, Princeton Policy Advisor Steven Kopits estimates that federal immigration officials could encounter as many as 1.2 million illegal immigrants by the end of 2021.
The report comes after nearly 170,000 people were apprehended crossing the border, including over 18,600 unaccompanied minors, roughly 53,000 family units, and approximately 97,000 single adults.
Kopits noted in the analysis:
“At the current pace, apprehensions for calendar year 2021 could be forecast at 1.2 million, following the precedents of 2005 and 2006.
“As a result, barring a major modification of Biden administration policy, we might expect a level of illegal immigration this year not seen since the Great Recession. The situation is fairly described as a border crisis and a rolling policy disaster.”
With respect to immigration, the Biden administration has received a reasonable amount of criticism, with some claiming that the administration has built de facto channels for illegal immigrants and border crossers.
Tens of thousands of individuals who’ve illegally crossed into the county are being released into the country’s interior, with illegal migrants currently in the country having a slim chance of being deported because the current administration has redirected agencies to essentially focus only on illegal immigrants found guilty of certain aggravated felonies.
With a seemingly apathetic approach to immigration enforcement, it’s no surprise that most Americans are dissatisfied with President Biden’s handling of the border crisis, according to recent polling data.
According to an AP-NORC poll released back in March, roughly 55% of adults in the United States disapprove of President Biden’s handling of the border, whereas 56% said they don’t approve of his approach to immigration.
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