ABC News—one of the U.S.’s largest media corporations—has announced that President Donald Trump’s recent Executive Order on expelling illegal criminal invaders means that an estimated 11 million illegal immigrants can be expelled—because they have all broken the law to one degree or another.
Invaders arrested trying to cross the US-Mexico border.
ABC News—owned by the Disney Media Networks division of Robert Iger’s The Walt Disney Company—said that “legal experts” had confirmed that the order was broad enough to include all those illegally in the country.
The order defines seven categories of “removable aliens” who must be targeted for prioritization by the Department of Homeland Security.
These seven categories are any invaders who have
“been convicted of any criminal offense;
“have been charged with any criminal offense, where such charge has not been resolved;
“have committed acts that constitute a chargeable criminal offense;
“have engaged in fraud or willful misrepresentation in connection with any official matter or application before a governmental agency;
“have abused any program related to receipt of public benefits; are subject to a final order of removal, but who have not complied with their legal obligation to depart the United States; or
“in the judgment of an immigration officer, otherwise pose a risk to public safety or national security.”
According to ABC, these categories automatically include anyone who came to the U.S. illegally—because someone who entered the country “without passing through border inspection” has automatically “committed a criminal misdemeanor.”
Anybody who has broken immigration law would, therefore, “fall into the priority removal category, legal experts tell ABC News.”
Furthermore, while “overstaying a visa is not a criminal offense,” ABC’s legal experts said that anyone who overstayed could technically fall under the clause dealing with “fraud or willful misrepresentation in connection with any official matter”—because at time of entry into the U.S. they would have undertaken to border officials to leave again by a certain time.
During his election campaign, Trump often vowed to remove all 11 million illegal immigrants “within two years,” and said that he would organize a “massive deportation force” to make this possible.
Later, Trump appeared to back down from that proposal after it came under massive attack from the media and his political opponents.
However, as ABC News suggests, the new Executive Order has the potential to include all lawbreakers in its net. It will be up to the Department of Homeland Security to determine exactly how far they will enforce the order.
* The figure of “11 million” illegal invaders inside the U.S. is the most commonly used estimate. The true numbers are likely to be substantially more, as the “sanctuary city” phenomenon which Trump is also trying to halt means that hundreds of thousands—if not millions—of invaders have been given a free pass to stay without being checked in any way whatsoever.