An operation carried out by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) that arrested 90 foreign-born students involving a fake university triggered the meltdown from progressives who seem to not know that it was launched under President Obama.
On Wednesday, Nov. 27, news broke that ICE had arrested a total of 250 students since January, who had enrolled in the fake University of Farmington in order to maintain their student visa status. Eight recruiters who helped bring in the foreign students were also arrested.
The arrests, which have resulted in voluntary departures, fraud charges, and deportations, were part of a sting operation by the Department of Homeland Security that enticed “alleged phony foreign students,” primarily from India, and geared toward exposing recruiters engaging in immigration fraud, according to the Detroit News.
Democratic presidential candidate Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) called the operation “cruel and appalling,” accusing ICE of entrapping the students who “simply dreamed of getting the high-quality higher education America can offer.”
This is cruel and appalling. These students simply dreamed of getting the high-quality higher education America can offer. ICE deceived and entrapped them, just to deport them. https://t.co/t6kQLiV5oh
— Elizabeth Warren (@ewarren) November 27, 2019
Rep. Alexandira Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.) reacted to the news by calling for ICE to be abolished and implying that the tactic was new under the Trump administration.
Earlier this year, Congress rushed to approve BILLIONS more $ for ICE + CBP.
I saw members voting YES w/o even a summary of the bill. Nobody cared then how we’d pay for it.
Now ICE is setting up fake universities to trap students.
Yet we were called radical for opposing it.
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) November 27, 2019
It’s worth noting that President Donald Trump did not order the fake university sting operation, which actually was launched in 2015 by the Obama administration, according to the indictment. The DHS and ICE founded a fake university to catch visa fraudsters in 2013 and carried out a similar operation in New Jersey in 2016.
Regarding the operation in the Michigan university, the indictment showed that the students, mostly from India, “knew that they would not attend any actual classes, earn credits, or make academic progress toward an actual degree.”
This is not the first time progressives and news organizations have falsely attributed an Obama era immigration tactic to President Donald Trump. They had accused the president of putting “kids in cages”—a reference to the detention of illegal alien minors trying to cross the border.
However, Jeh Johnson, a former Homeland Security secretary under Obama confirmed that the detention tactic was created before the Trump administration.
After the horrific terror attack on Sept. 11, 2001, in which four of the terrorists came to the United States on visas and then stayed after the expiration, the U.S. government has struggled to find a way to effectively track visa over stayers. More than 700,000 foreigners with expired visas remain in the country in 2017, according to the Government Accountability Office. Thousand of those are from nations with links to terrorism like Pakistan, Iraq, Iran, Syria, reported the Law Enforcement Today.
President Trump’s stringent immigration policies stay in stark contrast to the stance of Democrats who favor “open border” policies.
Warren, like most of other Democratic hopefuls, has repeatedly blamed the Trump administration for harsh treatment of migrants. In her new immigration plan, she said she would decriminalize immigration, welcome more refugees in the country and focus enforcement on only security threats.