Skip to comments.Joaquin Castro: 'President Trump has started his mass deportation plan'
Posted on 02/16/2017 5:12:20 PM PST by 11th_VA
In a flurry of tweets Thursday afternoon, U.S. Rep. Joaquin Castro, D-San Antonio, accused President Donald Trump of putting a "mass deportation plan" into place. Castro's tweetstorm came shortly after an intense Trump press conference, during which the president discussed his electoral college win, Russia, former National Security Adviser Mike Flynn and the media, among other topics.
Castro railed on questions that remain after a meeting with the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
"After attending the ICE meeting it's hard not to conclude that President Trump has started his mass deportation plan," Castro tweeted. "Only dreamers with no offenses, including traffic tickets or perceived gang affiliations, seem exempt."
He said ICE officials did not answer the following questions: How many new people are in detention centers? What is the breakdown of countries of origin of those detained? What is the breakdown of visa overstays versus "border-crossers?"
At Trump's press conference, the president said DACA is a "very, very difficult subject" for him. "We're gonna deal with DACA with heart. I have to deal with a lot of politicians, don't forget and I have to convince them that what I'm saying is is right," he said. "And I appreciate your understanding on that. But the DACA situation is a very, very it's a very difficult thing for me because you know, I love these kids, I love kids. I have kids and grandkids. And I find it very, very hard doing what the law says exactly to do and you know, the law is rough."
In San Antonio, Josue Romero, a second-year student at the Southwest School of Art, called his family Wednesday night to tell them hed been arrested, his mother said. Thursday afternoon, Romero was transferred to the custody of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement immigration.
Romero came to the U.S. when he was 4 years old, said his mother, Norma Velasquez. He received a work permit under former the DACA program which gives two-year reprieves from deportation to some young undocumented immigrants, and was waiting for a renewal, Velasquez said. Her son wants to be an architect.
The family came to the U.S. to escape violence and lack of economic opportunity in Honduras, she said. Were afraid that theyre going to deport him because he came here when he was a very young and he doesnt know anything about Honduras, Velasquez said.
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Jail records show that Romero was booked Wednesday for possession of two ounces or less of marijuana, a Class B misdemeanor. Deferred action can be revoked for committing a significant misdemeanor, which in the case of drug charges usually involves allegations of trafficking or distribution. A spokeswoman for ICE said she was researching Romeros case in response to questions from the Express-News.
President Trump last month signed an executive action that greatly expands who ICE can target for deportation, but he has not revoked the deferred action program. Castro said ICE will "only be affected by how big their budget is." "For those who argue it's the same as previous (administrations), ICE fully agrees mandate to deport is broader and will ask for (a) larger budget," he said.
Deport them all.
Been peeping out through the curtains a lot, Joaquin?
I’ll pop open that bottle of champagne I’ve been saving then....
A home grown Castro.
I believe this is the Democrat power house to take out TCruz in 2018. He could succeed; time will tell.
So Joaquin Castro has been deported!
Finally, some good news!
Get on the ICE Bus, Joaquin. Avoid the rush.
I only wish that were true.
So far they are only committing to deporting the illegal aliens with additional criminal records of crimes committed here.
DACA is still operating like it was when Obama invented it.
From his lips to God's ears.
Go Mr. President.
Hey waa-keen, since you don’t seem to remember, this was one reason President Trump was elected. The majority of the citizens of the United States want this to happen.
I wish you could be deported along with your weenie of a brother.
Didn’t fake news say this was impossible before the election?
“Only dreamers with no offenses, including traffic tickets or perceived gang affiliations, seem exempt.”
I don’t believe this. I have not seen a series of 5 mile-long convoys of buses headed south on I5 yet.
I predict 1/3 of the Republicans that voted for Cruz in 2012 will not vote for him again in 2018.
Because he lied to them when he neglected to tell them he was a dual citizen.
They elected a Canadian to the US Senate seat from the great state of Texas.
It won’t sit well.
Si, Senior Castro. Unlike the Cuban paradise, we have problems keeping people from coming IN to our Country. YOU.havrmproblemd.with people tryin to LEAVE yours!!
‘President Trump has started his mass deportation plan’
And Castro has started his 2020 run.
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