'Confused' legislator taken to task on immigration law

Wednesday, August 8, 2018
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Chad Groening (OneNewsNow.com)

Sen. Maize Hirono (D-Hawaii)An immigration attorney says Democratic lawmakers are showing how uninformed they are when they complain about President Trump enforcing immigration statutes – because they themselves passed those laws.

During a recent Senate panel hearing, Senator Mazie Hirono (D-Hawaii) (pictured) grilled ICE executive Matthew Albence about the immigration laws being prosecuted by his agency related to the detention of illegal immigrants on the border.

Albence: "These individuals are there because they have broken a law. There has to be a process."

Hirono: "They have broken a law only as deemed so by the president with his ..."

Albence: "No ma'am. They're there for violation of Title 8 of the U.S. Immigration and Nationality Act."

And after the ICE official explained the statute more in detail, Hirono said: "I'm confused."

Art Arthur is a resident fellow in law and policy at the Center for Immigration Studies. He says President Trump was only enforcing laws that were already on the books that Congress had made.

"And unfortunately, because of certain laws the Democrats had passed, it was necessary to separate children from their parents in the course of that process – and there was no mechanism by which they could be reunited," Arthur explains.

"The truly sad thing in this context is that we had members of Congress complaining about the president enforcing the laws that they themselves had passed."

CIS explains that under Section 275(a) of the Immigration and Nationality Act, an initial illegal entry into the country constitutes a misdemeanor – and a subsequent offense is a felony. In either case, it's a violation of an existing statute.

Arthur points out that if Hirono and other lawmakers don't like the immigration statutes, they can change them.

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