Only days after President Donald Trump’s administration slightly rolled back its “zero tolerance” policy toward illegal immigrants, the media ran a hit piece accusing the original policy of essentially forcing federal and state prosecutors to work harder.
The underlying premise of the piece by USA Today was that the Trump administration’s focus on rightfully prosecuting all illegal immigrants had placed too much pressure on federal prosecutors and made it harder for them to deal with drug-related cases.
As proof the publisher cited an email sent to Department of Homeland Security officials by an official with the U.S. Attorney’s Office’s San Diego branch days after Attorney General Jeff Sessions implemented the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy earlier this year.
Attorney General Announces Zero-Tolerance Policy for Criminal Illegal Entry https://t.co/F5rfwOeRoV
— Justice Department (@TheJusticeDept) April 6, 2018
In the email the official warned that the federal government’s newfound commitment to actually enforcing America’s immigration laws “will occupy substantially more of our resources.” He also complained that federal prosecutors would need to work under tight deadlines.
USA Today also noted that federal prosecutors have been encumbered with so much work that they’ve had to divert drug-smuggling cases from California out of the federal court system and into the state’s own court system.
“The District Attorney’s office in San Diego said Friday that the number of cases submitted to them by border authorities had more than doubled since the administration started its border crackdown. Spokeswoman Tanya Sierra said Homeland Security agents referred 96 drug cases to the office between May 21 and June 21, compared to 47 over the same period last year.”
Oh no, again!
This report was published two days after Trump reversed an Obama-era policy that had required illegal immigrant children to be detained separately from their criminal alien parents.
During the Obama administration illegal immigrant families had simply been released into the United States. Trump’s “zero tolerance” policy demanded they instead be detained, processed through the criminal justice system and then deported. But because of the aforementioned Obama-era rule, illegal children were not allowed to be detained with their illegal parents. Thus they needed to housed separately.
Though this rule began with Obama, the president has faced endless backlash for allowing his administration to enforce it. And though it was Trump who ultimately rescinded the rule, he continues to be hammered by the media, as evidenced by USA Today’s hit piece.
If USA Today thought its hit piece would earn it praise, however, it thought wrong, as it wound up getting dinged on social media for needlessly stirring up drama and trying to disparage the president again.
No matter what our President does, you all will find anything to complain about!!
— bugsme02 (@bugsme012) June 23, 2018
USA Today should have the integrity to ask Democrats why they support open borders. If over 80% of illegal immigrants never show up for court why should we let them in the country. The hard questions would be asked if USA Today wasn’t all in for the Democrat Party.
— Doug Johnson (@wafrec) June 23, 2018
We are spending too much time with them , process them and load them straight on to buses or planes and drop them off in Mexico City, no immigrant should be on American soil more then 3 days. Asylum seekers included.
— michael garhart (@mtg_speaks) June 23, 2018