Secretary Kelly: The Law Deports People, Not Me

Homeland Security Secretary John Kelly was on NBC’s “Meet the Press” this weekend, where he said that President Trump remained committed to securing the border and removing illegal immigrants from the United States.

Kelly said that Trump’s stance on illegal immigration had already contributed to a dramatic drop in border crossings.

“The attention being paid to the border certainly has injected into those people – and the vast majority of them are good people from Central America – but it’s injected enough confusion in their minds, I think,” he said. “They’re just waiting to see what actually does happen.”

Kelly said that while it was true that Immigration and Customs Enforcement would hire up to 10,000 new agents at the president’s direction, the hiring surge did not amount to a deportation force.

“There are a huge number of illegal aliens or undocumented individuals that have to be dealt with in one way or another,” Kelly said. “You have to remember that there’s a system, a legal justice system in place. And the law deports people. Secretary Kelly doesn’t. ICE doesn’t. It’s the United States criminal justice system that deports people.”

That’s a distinction the Trump administration should make more often, because it’s the one thing the mainstream liberal media likes to ignore. They’ve adopted the “no human being is illegal” line, propagated by activist groups, and they act like these people have committed no crime more serious than jaywalking. Would you send a jaywalker to Ecuador? Of course not. And anyone who would suggest doing such a thing is obviously a terrible tyrant.

No one is contending that a human being can, by virtue of their existence, be illegal. But using that logic, you could also say that no human being is “undocumented,” either. We’re talking about these people in a specific context, and everyone understands that. Both “undocumented” and “illegal” are adjectives meant to modify the term “immigrant,” not as a replacement for “human being.”

This is intentional linguistic trickery the left uses to make it seem as though there is no distinction between someone who came here through the proper channels and someone who hopped the fence. And it’s working because – A, the media will always glom on to the latest PC terminology, and B, we don’t generally use the “illegal” modifier when talking about criminals. You don’t hear anyone referring to “illegal murderers” or “illegal rapists” for obvious reasons.

For that reason, we should stop calling those who come here illegally “immigrants” at all. Go back to calling them aliens. Call them invaders. Make up some new term, it doesn’t matter. But we have to stop letting them blur the line between legal and illegal immigration. They are not the same.