Rusty, Political Insider, May 10, 2019
Nathalie Asher, acting head of ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations, had to explain what the term ‘illegal’ means to Senator Mazie Hirono (D-HI) at a congressional hearing earlier this week.
“I’d like you to clarify for me they who constitutes the illegally present population in our country,” Hirono asked.
“I’m not quite sure I follow the question ma’am,” a befuddled Asher states. “Individuals who are here unlawfully … are considered in an illegal status as it relates to immigration law.”
One could forgive Mazie for not knowing what ‘illegal’ means since every member of her party and the mainstream media have stopped using the term when it comes to immigration. Perhaps she simply forgot.
Remarkably, however, this isn’t the first time Hirono had been confused about easily understandable concepts when it comes to illegal immigration.
Last year she had to be corrected by another ICE officials when she claimed that immigration law was something President Trump simply decreed.
Illegal immigrants “have broken a law only as deemed so by [President Donald Trump],” Hirono claimed.
“No ma’am,” Matthew Albence, recently tapped by the President to head ICE responded. He then explained that it is the Immigration and Nationality Act of 1952, codified under Title 8 of the U.S. Code, that deems them as illegal.