Legislation passed by the U.S. House, primarily along party lines, will give law enforcement the much-needed means to deport illegal aliens with gang ties.
The Criminal Alien Gang Member Removal Act, passed in a 233-175 vote, followed a meeting between Democrat leaders and President Trump regarding the protection of young illegals brought to the country as children. Regardless of any bridges built, some Dems pilloried the gang-deportation bill as “irresponsible and dangerous.”
Rep. Zoe Lofgren, D-Calif., maintained that a religious organization working with illegals could be misconstrued as a gang.
We seriously doubt immigration authorities are going to confuse a church-affiliated immigration group with MS-13 gang members, whose motto is “mata, roba, viola, controla,” meaning “kill, steal, rape, control.”
And convictions are a tad challenging to obtain, authorities say, when witnesses are intimidated or otherwise disappear.
As of July, MS-13 gang members in Suffolk County, N.Y., had been identified in 17 murders over the prior 18 months, according to media reports. Yet suspects had been charged in only three murders.
As for avoiding any confusion over gang involvement, the deportation bill allows groups to petition Homeland Security to remove a gang designation.
The legislation, which faces an uncertain fate in the Senate, isn’t about “targeting.” It’s about taking back neighborhoods seized by illegal alien thugs.
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