Earlier this month, a justice-involved youth acting without provocation sucker punched Deputy First Class Greg Morton while the officer was sitting in his marked car writing a police traffic report. In case your political correctness guide isn’t up to date, justice-involved youth is the Obama administration’s new phraseology for what used to be known as juvenile delinquents.
|Obama ended 287(g) that helped protect Americans.|
In this case, the justice-involved youth, Jose Misael Reyes-Reyes, was about as criminally “involved” in the justice system as an individual can be. A statement issued by the Frederick County, Md., Sheriff’s office said that Reyes-Reyes is “a validated MS-13 gang member” apprehended by the border patrol but subsequently released by Immigration and Customs Enforcement while awaiting his deportation hearing.
Since his arrival in the United States, most likely as part of last summer’s Central American illegal alien surge, Reyes-Reyes racked up a weapons charge and another charge for malicious destruction of property. Reyes-Reyes’ unprovoked assault on a law enforcement officer, which may be part of a growing trend of violence directed toward the police, could have been avoided if it were not for Obama’s determination to let illegal immigrants enter the U.S. and protect them once inside the nation’s borders.
Last summer, border patrol agents warned that MS-13 and other transnational gangs were using established Central American-based members to “recruit, enlist and pressure” other potential followers. By ignoring the border patrol’s cautionary alerts, criminals were more likely to wreak havoc especially in light of Obama’s 2012 decision to end 287(g), an effective program that allowed state and local jurisdictions to work with the Department of Homeland Security to enforce federal immigration laws. In an interesting footnote to the Reyes-Reyes case, according to the Migratory Policy Institute, after Frederick County adopted 287(g), its Hispanic noncitizen population fell 61 percent.
Ending 287(g) wasn’t enough to satisfy Obama in his pursuit to protect criminals. In 2014, Obama also curtailed an equally effective program, Secure Communities, even though it had established a demonstrable success record in identifying criminal aliens. When he announced Secure Communities termination and the beginning of its replacement, the Priority Enforcement Program, Obama promised that federal immigration agents would focus on “felons, not families.”
But so far felons like Reyes-Reyes have gotten a pass. Department of Homeland Security statistics released last month show that 179, 027 criminal aliens are at large.