A number of progressives lost their minds this week over reports that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) arrested 90 foreign-born students who had enrolled in a fake university. They flipped out over the “tactics by the Trump administration”.
But here’s the thing. The program launched under President Obama.
Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – the New York socialist – said it was a new tactic under the Trump administration. But former President Obama’s administration not only founded the fake university, it engaged in a similar operation. That program took place in New Jersey in 2016.
“Earlier this year, Congress rushed to approve BILLIONS more $ for ICE + CBP,” Ocasio-Cortez tweeted. “I saw members voting YES w/o even a summary of the bill. Nobody cared then how we’d pay for it. Now ICE is setting up fake universities to trap students. Yet were [sic] called radical for opposing it.”
Earlier this year, Congress rushed to approve BILLIONS more $ for ICE + CBP.
I saw members voting YES w/o even a summary of the bill. Nobody cared then how we’d pay for it.
Now ICE is setting up fake universities to trap students.
Yet we were called radical for opposing it.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 27, 2019
Sen. Elizabeth Warren, the Massachusetts Democrat known for her lies, tweeted “this is cruel and appalling”.
OH MY GOD.
ICE has arrested about 250 students who were enrolled at a fake university set up by ICE to lure in students.https://t.co/2P8iZtnMGB
— Alyssa Milano (@Alyssa_Milano) November 27, 2019
The tirades continued from a number of progressives. While not all specifically blamed the Trump administration, it showed how President Trump has repeatedly been attacked for tactics used or supported by his predecessor.
One of the biggest complaints from Democrats was that Trump put “kids in cages” — a reference to the detention of undocumented minors attempting to cross the border.
But according to Jeh Johnson, a former Homeland Security secretary under Obama, the Trump administration hadn’t invented it.
He pointed out that while chain-link fences or “cages” weren’t ideal, they were one of the ways authorities dealt with a mass immigrants that had to be transferred to Health and Human Services (HHS) within 72 hours.
“During that 72 hour period, when you have something that is a multiple — like four times of what you’re accustomed to in the existing infrastructure, you’ve got to find places quickly to put kids,” he said.
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He pointed out the alternative was putting them on “the streets.”
Earlier this year, House Democrats held a hearing on migrant detention and brandished an Obama-era photo of fenced-in migrants.
Even recently, a number of media outlets had to make retractions after they falsely attributed an Obama-era migrant child-detention stat to President Trump.
That came from Manfred Nowak, an expert from the U.N. Global Study on Children Deprived of Liberty.
He falsely claimed that 100,000 migrant children were detained by the Trump administration. He it was the “world’s highest rate” of detained children.
But the following day, he had to own that the cited number was from 2015, under President Obama.
Now back to the details about that fake university that triggered the meltdown.
A new report shows that the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) pulled one over people who snuck into the U.S.
They arrested 90 additional foreign-born students in recent months in a sting operation at a fake Michigan university. It was created to draw in students who are trying to stay in the U.S. illegally.
It was called the University of Farmington. They advertised it as a “dynamic business administration and STEM curriculum” program.
But according to the indictment, it showed that the students, mostly from India, “knew that they would not attend any actual classes, earn credits or make academic progress towards an actual degree”.
In total, about 250 students have been arrested since the school opened in January on immigration violations by U.S. Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
After the first round of arrests back in March, immigration lawyers that the students did not know it was a fake university at the time.
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The university in Farmington Hills, Michigan has apparently been operated by Homeland Security since 2015.
On Wednesday, a Texas attorney who represented some of the students who were arrested freaked out to the media. Rahul Reddy said:
The U.S. “trapped vulnerable people who just wanted to maintain (legal immigration) status”.
Since their arrests, many of the students have been deported.
Others are fighting their removals.
Here’s how it all went down.
Those students had reportedly arrived legally in the U.S. on student visas. They later lost their immigration status after the school was shut down in January.
Since then, seven of the eight recruiters who were criminally charged with trying to recruit students have pleaded guilty. They were sentenced in Detroit, and the final defendant will be sentenced in January.
According to the Free Press, attorneys for ICE and the Department of Justice said the students should have known it was not a legitimate university. Why? Because it did not have classes in any sort of physical location.
“Their true intent could not be clearer,” Assistant U.S. Attorney Brandon Helms wrote in a memo. “While ‘enrolled’ at the university,  percent of the foreign citizen students never spent a single second in a classroom.”
He said it was a classic dupe.
“If it were truly about obtaining an education, the university would not have been able to attract anyone, because it had no teachers, classes or educational services,” he added.
The visa system has become pure chaos, and it’s created a glaring threat in America.
In an example of the dangers we face… one need only look at 9/11.
On September 11, 2001, 19 men hijacked 4 planes and orchestrated one of the darkest days in our nation’s history. Four of those terrorists came to the US on visas and then stayed after the expiration.
There was no accurate method for tracking overstays or their whereabouts. Nearly two decades after terrorists exploited the U.S. government’s inadequate, more than 700,000 foreigners with expired visas remain at large in the country.
The latest government figures, as reported by the Government Accountability Office (GAO), show 702,000 overstays in 2017.
It has been 18 years since that horrific event and the government still hasn’t found a way to accurately and adequately track visa over stayers. According to a Judicial Watch report, they obtained Department of Homeland Security (DHS) figures in 2015 showing that 527,127 foreigners with expired visas remained in the country.
Thousands of those are from nations with links to terrorism. Per that report, the breakdown is: 1,435 from Pakistan, 681 from Iraq, 564 from Iran, 440 from Syria, 219 from Yemen, 219 from Afghanistan and 56 from Libya.
Following the 9/11 attack, Congress created the U.S. Visitor and Immigration Status Indicator Technology system to track the entry and exit of foreign nationals by using electronically scanned fingerprints and photographs. Five years and $1 billion later, it still has serious flaws.
The GAO has since published a report that said nearly half of the nation’s immigrants who are no longer here legally, entered the U.S. legally and overstayed their visas undetected.
As stated by Judicial Watch:
In the years that followed the government did little to improve what has developed into a dire national security disaster.
In 2011 yet another federal audit confirmed that the U.S. had lost track of millions who overstayed their visas and two years later the crisis intensified when DHS lost track of 266 dangerous foreigners with expired visas.
The government determined that they “could pose a national security or public safety concerns,” according to the director of Homeland Security and Justice at the GAO.
You read the correctly. The Department of Homeland Security lost track of 266 dangerous immigrants with expired visas.
The latest GAO report shows that about 52.7 million nonimmigrant admissions to the U.S. through air or sea ports of entry were supposed to depart in fiscal year 2017.
Part of the problem is that DHS relies on third-party departure data. This includes commercial carrier passenger manifests. In other words, the government is depending on airlines and cruise ships to help it enforce visa violations.
Now, to make matters worse, we have presidential candidates like Elizabeth Warren who plan to decriminalize improper border crossings and visa overstays.
This past Thursday, she introduced her plan to decriminalize immigration, welcome more refugees and focus enforcement on only security threats. Her open borders approach is in stark contrast to the stance taken by the Trump administration.
Warren, a Massachusetts senator, said the Trump administration’s harsh treatment of migrants, to include separating undocumented children and parents at the border, is based on a law known as Section 1325.
It allows for criminal penalties for illegally entering the U.S. or entering legally and overstaying a visa. Warren wants to repeal the provision and indicated that she would use executive power to reduce its enforcement as president.
“We should repeal this criminal prohibition to prevent future abuse,” Warren wrote in a Medium.com post.
She vowed that as president she would:
“immediately issue guidance to end criminal prosecutions for simple administrative immigration violations” and “refocus our limited resources on actual criminals and real threats.”
So, to translate: Warren wants to allow anyone who wants to walk into this nation to do so with no consequences. She wants to give free reign to anyone and everyone. Given that she is in favor of free healthcare for those not here legally, her plan could get extremely expensive.
This plan came in conjunction with President Trump’s announcement that he will take executive action on the 2020 U.S. Census to include a citizenship question in the population count.
There are also credible indications that mass arrests of thousands of undocumented people are expected to begin Sunday, assuming sanctuary proponents don’t tip them all off first.
Warren, like most of other Democratic hopefuls, refuses to grasp the concept that making an illegal action legal doesn’t make the inherent problems go away.
Among the other aspects that she cannot grasp, the senator is just one of the crowd when it comes to accusing the current administration of atrocities that were actually perpetrated in the Obama years.
Obama’s immigration shortcomings notwithstanding, Warren said she would create a Justice Department task force to investigate what she referred to as criminal abuses of immigrants by Trump administration officials.
An excerpt from Bloomberg News states:
“In his 2016 campaign, Trump mobilized voters with an anti-immigration message focused on building a wall and removing undocumented people, successfully capitalizing on grievances about demographic and cultural changes that have made the U.S. more diverse. Warren’s plan is sure to amplify the president’s claim that Democrats are embracing an “open borders” immigration policy — most of her rivals have not gone as far.”
Warren’s plan is merely political pandering. It is aimed at a growing pro-immigration constituency in the Democratic Party, the Latino community specifically.
“Immigrants have always been a vital source of American strength. They grow our economy and make our communities richer and more diverse. They are our neighbors, our colleagues, and our friends,” Warren wrote. “President Trump sees things differently. He’s advanced a policy of cruelty and division that demonizes immigrants.”
Warren is calling for the outlawing of private detention facilities and limiting detentions to people who pose a security or flight risk, who could be tracked and monitored with technology. She wants to end ‘warrantless’ arrests and instead focus on smuggling, trafficking and spotting counterfeit products.
So, Warren’s plan does not fix the issues with the current issues of tracking visa overstays, it decriminalizes them. Not only will there be zero incentive under her plan for migrants to come into the country, there will be no incentive for them to remain on the abiding side of the law once they are here.