Counselor to the President Kellyanne Conway condemned top Democrats for advising their followers on how to avoid apprehension by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
President Donald Trump announced that mass deportations raids would be taking place in nine major cities throughout the United States on Sunday. In response, several leading Democrats, including Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.), posted warnings to social media about how to evade ICE agents, should they face deportation.
It should be a sign to us that today’s Catholic Gospel reading is the Good Samaritan, where Jesus teaches us to love our neighbors as ourselves and treat them with mercy. Trump’s ICE raids today tear families apart -the opposite of mercy. #FamiliesBelongTogether #KnowYourRights pic.twitter.com/3x7kAsLAVQ
— Nancy Pelosi (@SpeakerPelosi) July 14, 2019
If people come knocking, you do NOT have to open your door unless there is a signed judicial warrant.
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— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@AOC) July 11, 2019
The @ACLU has put together a guide for your rights if you or someone you know is stopped and questioned by ICE. Read up on your rights and then share it with your friends and family: https://t.co/1TkqYNEh5t
— Ilhan Omar (@IlhanMN) July 11, 2019
While Democrats claim they only want illegal immigrants to know their rights ahead of the planned deportation, Conway believes these displays are elected officials calling for individuals to evade law enforcement.
During an interview on “Fox News Sunday,” Conway told host Chris Wallace that it was “outrageous” for members of Congress to publicly defy law enforcement efforts.
Watch Conway’s comments:
“That includes Speaker Pelosi, who is telling people how to avoid ICE enforcing the law in some places. She should go spend a little bit more time in her hometown of San Francisco where you have more people addicted to drugs than you have enrolled in the public schools, I read in one report this morning. So it’s really outrageous for people who take the oath of office and are elected to uphold the law, to then tell people how to flout and abuse and in fact evade the law. That is not their job.”
Conway claimed that Pelosi and her fellow Democrats should spend more time working on legislation to end the crisis at the southern border than warning illegal immigrants on how to evade ICE. She gave them an easy plan to follow if they want to make a difference.
“And the people on Capitol Hill who won’t do their jobs — I made it so easy. I’ve been talking about this for a long time, but it made it easy for them: fix [the] Flores [settlement], fix asylum laws, fix TVPRA (Trafficking Victims Protection Reauthorization Act). It’s on an index card. I actually put it on a post-it. They won’t act, all they do is scream and scream.”
As far as the deportations go, Conway noted that she was against any policies that separate families and acknowledged that the planned deportations will aim to mitigate any further separations.
For now, it is unclear how many illegal immigrants will be deported and if the deportations will have the intended result of curbing future mass migration from Central America.