Surprise: Trump is Deporting White People, Too

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Much of the rhetoric that supports U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s ramped up efforts to deport undocumented immigrants focuses on the salvation of Western civilization. Advocates of heavy-handed immigration policies often simultaneously tout the superiority of the West and the threat it faces from outside infiltrators.

But according to a recent report from the Associated Press, Latin Americans and Muslims aren’t the only targets of increased enforcement in the Trump era. One of the groups facing heightened scrutiny is, surprisingly, the Irish.

Eighteen Irish citizens have been deported this year, compared with 26 total for all of 2016. Though this seems like a small number, it is statistically significant and is leaving much of the Irish community in the United States unsettled.

AP reported:

[I]n Boston, John Cunningham, a well-known Irishman who had overstayed his visa by 14 years, was sent back to Ireland last week, sending shivers through the city’s sizeable Irish expat community.

“’People are very, very concerned and lying low,’ says Ronnie Millar, of the Boston-based Irish International Immigrant Center. ‘The message is that if it can happen to John, it can happen to anyone.’”

Though some advocates of deportations might emphasize that Cunningham had overstayed his visa, was involved in an ongoing legal dispute, and advertised his undocumented status during on appearance on Irish TV, other potential deportees are facing less than clear-cut justifications.

Denis Davydov, a Russian citizen living in San Francisco, has been allowed into the country because he is an HIV-positive gay man and was granted asylum status due to Russia’s regressive policies on homosexuality. But he was detained upon returning to the U.S. after a trip to the Virgin Islands. Though his attorney was able to resolve the issue temporarily, he still faces deportation back to a country likely to persecute him.

Before this, I thought I was a doing everything right, but I’m afraid now that doing everything right is not enough. I don’t know what else I can do,” he said. “I feel like it can happen again to me anywhere. In the airport or in the street.

Irish and Russian immigrants aren’t the only ones facing deportation. According to the Migration Policy Institute, Europeans make up roughly 400,000 of the 11 million unauthorized immigrants currently living in the U.S. As AP noted:

Among Europeans, Romanians make up the largest share, with 193 deportations so far this year. Behind are Spain at 117; the United Kingdom at 102; Russia at 81; and Poland at 74. Those countries were also tops last year; Romania had 176, United Kingdom 160, Poland 160, Spain 115 and Russia 94.”

The rumor has gone around, ‘Don’t go in any courthouses, and if you hear a knock on your door and you’re not expecting anyone, don’t answer it,” said Benny Murphy, who lived in the United States illegally until he married a U.S. citizen three years ago.

Magdalena Dolas, executive director of the Polish American Association in Chicago, says she has received a number of inquiries regarding what to do if immigration officials come to their residence. “People are worrying about their rights,” she said. “It shows there is awareness but that there is also anxiety.”

Also in Chicago, the Irish Immigrant Support Center says it has received “triple the number of inquiries on immigration and legal service matters” as it did last year.

Immigration advocates say Trump is taking a much harder stance than Obama, who focused on serious criminals. Rather, they argue, the Trump administration is “sweeping up many hardworking, taxpaying people, many of whom have raised children who are now U.S. citizens,” AP summarized.

Jessica Vaughan, director of policy studies at the Center for Immigration Studies, a pro-enforcement organization, argued the new administration’s policies are simply a return to normal, likening the ramped up measures to police enforcement.

This is a return to more traditional immigration enforcement,” Vaughan said. “There needs to be some level of across-the-board, routine enforcement, in the same way your local police department doesn’t focus only on murder, robbery and rape. They also have traffic patrols.”

In contrast, Ali Noorani, executive director of the immigrant-rights group National Immigration Forum, emphasized the zeal with which Trump administration is operating:

It’s pretty clear ICE is removing anyone undocumented they come across. The bigger issue is that the Trump administration is wasting really valuable law enforcement resources on many people who aren’t a public safety threat, whether they’re Irish, Latino, Asian or otherwise.

In addition to sweeping up Europeans, immigration enforcement is predictably deporting far more than just Europeans.

The Trump administration has deported 167,350 foreigners so far in 2017, compared with 240,255 in all of 2016. Immigrants from Latin America make up the most by far, with Mexico leading the way at about 93,000,” AP reported.

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  • Joel W

    Trump is obviously Hitler…

    Kidding. An illegal immigrant is an illegal immigrant regardless of race, color, ethnicity or nationality. It was NEVER about Mexicans as the media will have one believe.

    • It was never about illegals either. Anyone who pops up on any of the alphabet soup intelligence agencies’ lists will be treated like Graham Nash was.

      • Joel W

        I feel safe saying being born here, there is no way I can be deported. Being secretly put on a watch list and picked up on some phony charge is not the same thing. You are seemingly making a point that has nothing to do with immigration status. And a song proves nothing.

        • Deportation is what happens when an individual’s immigration status fails to allow them to remain in a jurisdiction foreign to their nationality. Anything else is exile, which has never been a part of the American legal system.

          • Joel W

            And your point? I know what deportation is. I know what exile is. You clearly stated exile is not a thing in the US. So what are you getting at?

          • Apparently something neither of us can quantify.

          • Joel W

            So it seems. Not trying to be an ass, just missing your point. Are you talking about being ‘disappeared’ maybe, because that is whole other topic as well? The article is about illegal immigrants, my first post was about illegal immigrants, and you obviously are not talking about illegal immigrants. So…???

          • I think you are missing something that doesn’t exist.

          • Joel W

            So you are saying you don’t have a point?

          • With respect to this issue, I don’t have what you would identify as a point.

          • Joel W

            Well at least you’re honest about it. I listened to some of that song and it appears it is, at least in part, to be referring to FEMA relocation/internment/re-education camps or as I referred to previously, being disappeared. Is that what you were getting at?

          • FEMA was created in 1978, the same year that the writer of the song, Graham Nash, was naturalized as a citizen of the United States, so I’m not sure how he could have been referring to something that didn’t exist when he wrote the song. He was trying to get into the country so that he could become a member of Crosby, Stills, and Nash, which he did. His objection was not to being refused entry, because he wasn’t. His objection was being treated like a criminal, as he wasn’t one. I can identify with his feelings because I was treated the same way while re-entering into the country of my birth from Canada, multiple times, without justification. I wouldn’t be allowed back in today, because I do not have a passport or “papers”, which makes me an illegal as far as ICE is concerned.

          • Joel W

            Ok I’m lost then. You obviously never were having the same conversation I was.

          • That would have been solely because I couldn’t identify your point.

          • Joel W

            Did you read my first post. I couldn’t make anything any clearer. Also, you could have asked, instead of typing random thoughts.

            As for my point:

            ‘ It was NEVER about Mexicans as the media will have one believe.’

            The last sentence of my first post is my point. People who want to enforce existing immigration laws are labeled as racists, or hate Mexicans, or are Hilter, or some other intellectually lazy slur. This article proves it was never about brown people, as those of us believe in borders (you have walls on your home don’t you? Same concept) have been saying for years. A German illegal, is no different than a Mexican illegal, is no different than a Korean illegal, etc, etc.

          • And illegals haven’t existed, as a class, for very long either, since passports were first standardized in the United States in 1980.

          • Joel W

            If you over stay you VISA, or sneak into the country, you are violating immigration law, and are here illegally.

            And again, you are having a different conversation than I am having.

          • You didn’t need a visa until 1980.
            The founders of this republic wouldn’t recognize it today.

          • Joel W

            I fully agree they would not recognize it today. And I also see the East German version of the US on the horizon. But there are borders to nations for a reason. If we erase the borders, than the nation the founders fought & died for disappears immediately. But to conflate enforcement of immigration laws, with a full on police state with martial law, is a very profound logical leap, and IMO, like I have already stated, are two different conversations. Unless you want to make the argument, that the Puppet Masters want the influx of illegals to continue unchecked, so as to have the perfect excuse to finalize the plans for the USSA. That is honestly where I stand on the issue. But back to borders. I look at it from a private property point of view (save the nobody truly owns there property argument, I am well aware of that all too true reality). I cannot just walk into your house, eat your food, run up your utility bills, and refuse to leave when asked to. Same applies to a nation’s borders. Sovereign nations have the absolute right to decide who enters there nation, who can stay there, and how long they can stay, just as you and I have that right with our homes. And violence is acceptable to enforce that, if needed. Believe me, I’m no state-worshiper, but there are common sense concepts that are acceptable to be enforced, IMO, and borders are one of them.

          • The Puppet Masters are bribing the illegals into the country with free everything so they can use them to incite us to violence so they can stomp us all. Americans have lost the ability to learn from their own mistakes to the degree that we can’t learn from anyones mistakes, and are intent on repeating them.
            Samuel Adams said it better than I can: “If ye love wealth better than liberty, the tranquility of servitude better than the animating contest of freedom, go home from us in peace. We ask not your counsels or arms. Crouch down and lick the hands which feed you. May your chains set lightly upon you, and may posterity forget that ye were our countrymen.”

          • Joel W

            Now that I can fully agree with. And always thought that was one of the greatest quotes in the history of mankind.

  • Clementine

    If I were to enter another country ILLEGALLY I would be detained and deported… no one is whining about that. The United States is the only country being persecuted for enforcing immigration laws… what sad times for the US…

    • ReverendDraco✓ᵛᵉʳᶦᶠᶦᵉᵈ ᵃᶜᶜᵒᵘᶰᵗ

      Asia for Asians
      Africa for Africans
      White countries for everybody

      • Clementine

        Right!! “White” genocide is the agenda and unfortunately most Caucasians unwittingly are fully for it.

  • Farmer Scott

    US/Mexico immigration laws – comparison charts. (Their laws are tougher!)

  • pubpubpub

    Good for Trump. Get rid of all foreign criminals.

  • mayday911us.

    It doesn’t matter if you’re violating the law it a crime.

  • Jeff Smith

    Illegal is illegal, period.

    • Only when there are actually laws on the books prohibiting it.

      • Jeff Smith

        Those laws have existed for decades, dumbass.

        • If you can’t cite them, they don’t exist as far as any court is concerned.

  • anonymous4u4me

    I hope he is starting with those in the house, senate, and supreme court.

    • I regard it as shameful if they aren’t under indictment for a felony.

  • Undecider

    The law should be applied equally.

  • renee ciccioni

    What nonsense deporting hard working people , how about we deport real criminals like the robber barons who caused the 2008 housing crisis or a number of the wealthy elitists who contributed to the economic collapse due to greed who are scape goating the poor and immigrants as the problem. I say throw them out along with the faux outraged xenophobes who’s helping them spread their lies and fear of people who have hurt no one. I know why the president would be throwing out his ilk.

  • archer

    What’s more important, worrying about a HIV positive man facing persecution back in his native country or protecting citizens from him spreading his HIV. what bullshit.