Reflections on "New Americans"

By Dan Cadman on May 26, 2016

Brittany Hughes has written a rather stinging item on titled "FBI: Illegal Alien Gang Members Murdered Victims 30 Minutes From U.S. Immigration Headquarters".

The article, using FBI and Justice Department sources and materials, lays out the racketeering convictions of several Mara Salvatrucha (MS-13) gang members for murder and other crimes in the national capitol region.

It's a sharp rebuke of the status quo, at least where immigration law enforcement under the Obama administration is concerned, on two levels:

First, that such gangs proliferate because of the systemic incapacity of this White House and its Department of Homeland Security leadership minions to meaningfully distinguish between "families" and "felons" — usually under the rallying cry of "family unification" — despite the president's insipid and notorious executive actions on immigration speech of November 2014.

Second, that (as the article's title makes clear) the investigation was conducted by the FBI and not the investigative division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which bills itself as the largest investigative agency in the Department of Homeland Security and tells us, despite all evidence to the contrary (see here and here), that "Most of today's crimes are transnational in nature. ... We have prioritized immigration enforcement by targeting, first and foremost, criminal aliens and those who pose a threat to the nation."

Contemplating these fine, upstanding fellows, I find myself pondering if they were who Vice President Joe Biden was talking about when he said that, but for pettifogging immigration status details, the illegal aliens who have embedded themselves so deeply in our society are "already Americans".

And don't you wonder how many members of the MS-13 gang, which has a disturbingly large presence in the Washington, D.C., area, have been happy beneficiaries of Obama White House largesse under various programs such as DACA or TPS?