That’s the way it seems, with the recent booting of 2 high profile deportees. President Trump has emphasized his intent to boot illegal immigrants out of the country and to build a wall in hopes to prevent further immigrants from entering the US illegally. This is an erroneous belief as the vast majority of illegal immigrants entered the US bearing legal visas and simply overstayed their allotted time.
For some, the recent deportation orders of two prominent activists in the New Sanctuary Coalition of New York City, was an act to send a message that President Trump was not deterred from his conviction that illegal immigrants MUST GO! He still plans to draw a hard line on the immigration issue, despite his concession to the Left Wing politicians over the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) Act that was pushed for in our most recent government shutdown along with other bills.
Ravidath Ragbir and Jean Montrevil are pro-illegal rights activists. Ragbir entered the US back in 1991 coming from Trinidad and Tobago on a legal visa and overstayed his deadline. Although becoming the executive director of New Sanctuary pro-immigrant activist group, he received his first deportation order in 2006.
Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials exercised discretion and allowed Ragbir to stay in the United States. As of January 11th, 2018, Ravidath Ragbir was detained during a routine check-in at an ICE office and told his reprieve from deportation has ended. His case is now in the hands of the judge.
As for Jean Montrevil – Co-Founder of New Sanctuary – he was deported one week later. Montrevil is a Haitian native who immigrated to the US in 1986. He served 5 years in prison for drug possession, an offense that is normally cause for immediate deportation, but somehow Jean Montrevil’s case flown under the radar and allowed him to avoid being deported for years.
According to the New York Times, both Jean Montrevil and Ravidath Ragbir had criminal charges (drug possession and wired fraud, respectively) and served jail time. Those charges along with living in the United States illegally would warrant deportation, but both were lucky and received a stay of execution allowing them to remain the US despite immigration laws stating otherwise.
The pro-immigration activist community expresses a common sentiment that these recent deportations were singled out to send a specific message. Yet, the truth is that these illegal immigrants were breaking the law. The President was now enforcing the immigration laws in place despite these 2 deportees having notoriety for being prominent pro-immigration activists.
Notoriety or not, the Trump administration is taking strict enforcement actions based on the immigration laws in place. He is sending the message that the former administration which allowed leniency is over. Those that encouraged ignoring our government’s laws are receiving a wake up call that the Trump administration is not to be messed with…and it’s about time!