The single most important aspect of a nation’s security, behind its military strength, is its immigration laws. While Trump has said that “three or four million” illegal immigrants will be deported to start with, there are many more that will be leaving the country. How exactly? Let’s take a look at who Trump is eyeing for the Department of Homeland Security position.
His name is Kris Kobach, and you probably haven’t heard of him. If you were an illegal immigrant in Arizona, you would fear that name. Kobach is the architect of Senate Bill (SB) 1070; a bill that came about as close as possible to turning a piece of legislation into a physical wall. It was so extreme that Barack Obama personally stepped in to get it toned down on the grounds of Human Rights concerns. Though, to be fair, Barack Obama was exaggerating and likely wanted to throw partisan virtue signaling into the mix … because that’s what Barack Obama does.
Just how far did SB 1070 go?
The stated intent of the bill is “to make attrition through enforcement the public policy of all state and local government agencies in Arizona. The provisions of this act are intended to work together to discourage and deter the unlawful entry and presence of aliens and economic activity by persons unlawfully present in the United States.”
The bill is broken down into different sections, each one creating provisions itself and addressing what to do if the provision in the previous section is not followed. Starting with the following (emphasis added by the editor): “No official or agency of this state or a county, city, town or other political subdivision of this state may adopt a policy that limits or restricts the enforcement of federal immigration laws to less than the full extent permitted by federal law.”
In the interest of saving time, the rest of the provisions in the document will be summarized so that the approximate number of deportees can be addressed more promptly.
If a law enforcement official has a reasonable suspicion that a person is an illegal alien, the officer asks for documentation of their legal status. That is, if they are staying here legally with a visa, they must provide documentation showing that, and so on.
If the person is indeed here illegally, and they committed a separate crime or are on probation/parole, they are immediately detained and transferred over to the custody of Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Or, they could transfer them to the care of a federal law enforcement agency “notwithstanding” any other law.
This one speaks for itself: “a law enforcement officer, without a warrant, may arrest a person if the officer has probable cause to believe that the person has committed any public offense that makes the person removable from the United States.”
A law enforcement agency has the right to request legal status of any person for any reason and shall not be impeded when doing so except when otherwise prohibited by federal law.
If any law enforcement agency or officer does not follow or otherwise impedes the pursuit of the above provisions, any person may sue the state of Arizona, and, if the court finds the officer or agency guilty, the responsible party must pay any legal fees incurred by the accuser and pay the accuser $1,000-$5,000 dollars.
If here legally and the person does not have on their person the required documentation, that person must pay $500 the first time, $1,000 the second and any following times, and will be arrested for any times following the third with increasingly longer prison sentences.
The rest of the bill has to do with the illegality of hiring illegal aliens and a few other things. With this information in mind, let’s entertain a hypothetical scenario in which SB 1070 is made a federal law … right after we asses just how many illegal aliens are in the United States.
Contrary to popular belief, there are many, many more than 11 million illegal aliens in the U.S. That estimate came from a census report from 2006 that has not budged, up or down, since.
In reality, the Ambassador of Mexico to the U.S. has stated that there are around 30 million “undocumented immigrants” currently living here.
With a number that large, three or four million deported would make a difference. Indeed, because they would be criminal offenders that would not be missed. However, SB 1070 in conjunction with the removal of automatic citizenship for persons born on U.S. soil by illegal immigrant parents and a physical barrier on the southern border would start making significant headway in the removal of millions of illegal immigrants from the United States. Mostly from “self-deportation” as it’s referred to.
If the primary breadwinner for the family is deported, the rest family will go for obvious financial reasons. With the law defunding sanctuary cities and criminalizing the hire of illegal aliens, there will be no source of income for the illegal aliens working here, which isn’t as many as the media would like you to believe. Currently, around 51% of immigrants, legal and illegal, receive some type of government assistance, amounting to $103 billion annually – that’s 86% more than non-immigrant persons within the U.S. accrue.
That’s around 15 million immigrants that will not be able to receive benefits or get a job, on top of the extremely strict “stop and check documentation” law imposed by SB 1070. The other 15 million would be pressured to either go through the legal channels required to gain citizenship or leave the country to avoid being physically removed. They just have to stay off the radar of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, local, state and federal law enforcement by not breaking any laws.