Mike Huckabee says the media has irresponsibly covered President Donald Trump's attempt to clean up the nation's illegal-immigration problem.
"If you listen to the news media, you'd think President Trump has a massively beefed-up Immigration Gestapo randomly rounding up illegal immigrants by the thousands," the former Arkansas governor writes on MikeHuckabee.com
"In fact, the 683 arrested in raids in early February (an operation planned when Obama was still President) were just the tip of the iceberg."
He says U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) told the Senate last May that between "a short-staffed ICE and 'sanctuary cities' refusing to cooperate, the agency had a huge backlog of nearly a million criminal illegal aliens with 'final orders of removal' for deportation by courts, still walking the streets, threatening Americans."
Huckabee says Trump critics insist the recent raids are different, with ICE "randomly … pulling people from their homes, cruelly separately families by deporting their relatives just because they're under active deportation orders."
"ICE says that isn't even true, [claiming] … this month's operation is similar to 'Operation Cross Check' that netted over 3,100 criminal illegals under deportation orders. But again, that happened when Obama was President, so for some reason, the media deemed it barely worthy of reporting, much less evidence that the President was a fascist," Huckabee writes.
"ICE … says the media are needlessly spreading panic in immigrant communities and making officers' jobs more dangerous. Sure does make Trump look bad, though. And isn't that the media's real job?" Huckabee added.
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