The deportation program Donald Trump praised in his immigration speech Wednesday night is the same program that radical activists on George Soros’ payroll bragged earlier this year about killing.
The information about the Soros allies came in a hacked document posted on the DCLeaks website. (The information was contained in a 62-page document titled, “Open Society U.S. Programs Board Meeting, Montgomery, Alabama, May 4-6, 2016.”)
Trump, the GOP presidential candidate, vowed at a Phoenix rally to restore the Secure Communities program, which he called "highly successful."
Trump backer Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) complained last year that the Obama administration was ending the program in order to clear the way for amnesty.
"ICE is misleading the American public with regard to the effectiveness of criminal enforcement programs like the ICE 'Secure Communities Program' using it as a selling point to move forward with amnesty related legislation," Sessions said in a report.
The Obama administration also believed that the Bush-era program was successful — which, of course, is why the president eliminated it in late 2014.
As NBC reported at the time, the Secure Communities program alerted federal immigration authorities when people were booked into local jails. Jailers sent fingerprints from new arrivals to federal law enforcement, which matched them to files on illegal aliens who could then be flagged for deportation.
The program was so burdensome (or successful from Trump's perspective) that it generated resentment among governors, mayors, state and local law enforcement — who stopped cooperating, Department of Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson wrote in a memo. The program supposedly made immigrants (the NBC article doesn't indicate if they were illegal) reluctant to come forward to report crimes or cooperate in investigations.
"Its very name has become a symbol of hostility toward the enforcement of our immigration laws," Johnson wrote.
At a May meeting of the U.S. Programs Board of the Soros-endowed Open Society Foundations, activists patted themselves on the back. Among the groups OSF funded to push left-wing style immigration reform was United We Dream. While jurisdictions around the country started enacting sanctuary city policies to shield illegal aliens from Uncle Sam, activists mobilized to finish off the Secure Communities program.
The hacked memo states:
We have seen the results of a stronger immigrant rights movement since 2013. The movement ultimately united around enforcement issues, which has led to a steady decline of removals with the Obama administration deporting 235,000 immigrants last year, the lowest level since 2006; total deportations dropped 42 percent from 2012. Groups have shifted from divisive language, such as "families, not felons" or DREAMers' "not our fault" messaging, to narratives that are more inclusive of the entire immigrant population. Grantee United We Dream, for instance, was founded to address the inequities and obstacles faced by immigrant youth and other DREAMers18, but it has since expanded its work to include not only CIR [comprehensive immigration reform] but also working against deportation and justice for all immigrants. Groups mobilized against the administration's Secure Communities (S-Comm). After California passed its Trust Act in October 2013, a number of other jurisdictions started passing community trust ("sanctuary city") policies. By July 2015, more than 320 jurisdictions had passed community trust policies across the country. The mounting opposition to the federal government's detainer policies ultimately led to the administration announcing the end of S-Comm in November 2014.
As a result of OSF's push for comprehensive immigration reform:
By 2013, states and cities started passing pro-immigrant policies that included community trust policies, driver's licenses for DACA recipients, driver's licenses for undocumented immigrants, municipal identification, tuition equity, financial aid, public assistance, limits on E-Verify, and professional licensing and credentialing. The following year, states enacted almost 300 pro-immigration-related laws and resolutions. In the first half of last year, 46 states and Puerto Rico enacted almost 400 laws and resolutions related to immigration. Currently, 40 percent of immigrants live in a state that gives authorization to undocumented immigrants to drive, up from 4 percent at the beginning of 2013, and more than 75 percent of immigrants live in a state with a tuition equity law or policy.
Matthew Vadum is senior vice president at the Capital Research Center.
Last Modified: September 2, 2016, 11:16 am