ICE raid in East Tennessee last week
We have had some immigration enforcement locally but not to the extent as in East TN last week. I am one who feels that it has to be done BUT there are a lot of families in turmoil and that has to be considered as well. Those arrested will at least have food and shelter, but what happens to their families?
On a small scale, the local community can help. On this larger scale I am sure there are outside sources jumping in and that is understandable and I am sure welcome, but we also know that outside influences can bring extra trouble to a community.
And I really understand and sympathize with those looking for a better way of life, but I would bet that privately, many understand that we as a Nation have to enforce our laws and protect our citizens. If I were illegally in their country, I would understand that there was a constant danger of being found out and being arrested. If they did not understand that, someone is putting rosy thoughts in their minds and THOSE should be punished in some way as well.
The USA may be a land of opportunity, but we are that because of our laws as well as our economy (which is sometimes shaky). Is it available to those who obey the laws and those who don't have to take their chances. These ICE raids will get the 'word' out that we cannot continue with an open door that threatens our very existence.
We have very close ties to El Paso and many friends and extended family of Mexican heritage. To my knowledge, all of them resent the illegal influx as much as other citizens of the US.
Based on a report from WKRN , let's look at the numbers first with a few question noted.
- 97 people into custody at a Tennessee meat processing plant
- 11 people were arrested on criminal charges (11.3%) (anyone know what type of crime?)
- 86 were detained for being in the country illegally
- 54 were kept in detention (anyone know why these were detained?)
- 32 released (anyone know why these were released?)
Now, remember those folk from outside the community offering help? Here is an example of inflammatory comments by Stephanie Teatro, co-executive director of the Tennessee Immigrant and Refugee Rights Coalition (my opinion) taking advantage of the press exposure to stir up the emotions. "What we saw here, while it is the largest and certainly credibly egregious raid, it does fit in the larger practice and patterns of the Trump administration of targeting workers, indiscriminately arresting immigrants and really terrorizing communities across the country."
Her comment created a few questions in my mind.
- What is"credibly egregious" about enforcing laws on the books LONG before Trump took office?
- "targeting workers"? I believe the immigration laws are for everyone and some degree of leniency was exhibited by 32 being released
- "indiscriminately arresting"? I believe it was a well planned detaining and subsequent arrest, so.....?
- "arresting immigrants" She leaves out the small (to her) adjective ILLEGAL
- "Terrorizing" really? She needs to experience a similar raid in any of the countries these folk came from. I believe she will have a better understanding of what 'terrorizing' really means.
NOW the real reason for my post is to ask a question of anyone reading this, and I believe there are a good number of 'silent' readers who might have opinions but don't want to go through the name calling and belittling that often occurs when online discussions use anonymous pseudonyms. Lets respect opinions, (at least for a few days?) before the conversation slips?
The question for those who are against immigration law enforcement, what do you recommend? Please understand that this area is predominantly conservative so many of us may not agree with your thoughts, but I for one would really like to read some ideas on how we control immigration, or do you feel immigration does not need controlling?
Yes, there will be followup questions, but let's start with this one basic one and see where we go.