Democrats in Congress who favor open borders and amnesty for the 13 million aliens in the country illegally have offered up some head-scratching arguments on the subject of immigration. When Donald Trump said in June that those intercepted attempting to cross the border between ports of entry should be deported with “no judges or court cases.” Democratic Congress members went ballistic. They said that the president was denying these people their due process rights. In point of fact, the Supreme Court has ruled repeatedly that foreign nationals have no due process rights under U.S. law. What Trump was activating was enforcing extant law.
Maybe a lack of familiarity with the law is at the root of many of the claims Democratic lawmakers have made in recent weeks and months. That seems to be the case in exchange captured in the video that follows. The two principals are Sen. Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) and Matthew Albence of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE). Albence had agreed to testify before the Senate Judiciary Committee on the Trump administration policy that had led to thousands of alien children being separated from their parents or other adults who brought them into the U.S.
When Albence tells Hirono that the adults and children being detained at the border have “broken a law,” she asks whether he is referring to the law as “deemed so by the president,” which appears to be a reference to zero tolerance. When Albence replies that they have violated Title 8 of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act, she appears not to appreciate that entering the U.S. illegally is in fact illegal.
In the end, Hirono submits “I’m confused.”
Could it be that many in Congress suffer the same affliction?