A man from India, here as an immigrant, was beating his wife. He was brought up on charges. When the Santa Clara prosecutor pursuing the case realized that a felony assault charge would make the man a high priority for deportation, he reduced the charges.
He wanted this perpetrator of domestic assault to be able to remain in the U.S. Not only that, but he was proud of his actions, bragging about them to the Daily Beast.
Compassion and all that.
I wish I could say this is an isolated incident. Unfortunately, it isn’t.
A complex network of activists protecting illegal immigrants — even those guilty of violent crimes — from deportation has been around for a long time. But since Trump was elected as president, the efforts to protect immigrants who have come here illegally has galvanized.
There are training videos — widely circulated on the Web — meant to help illegal immigrants avoid being deported. These videos tell immigrants not to answer the door for ICE officials. They teach them how to emotionally manipulate law enforcement officers in hopes of avoiding charges that could lead to deportation.
And then there are the working activists, like the prosecutor I mentioned above. They reduce charges from felonies to misdemeanors to help offenders remain in the country. Why we want people who beat their wives — or worse — to remain here is beyond me? And that’s part of the problem.
In the eyes of these activists, illegal immigrants deserve special rights. They shouldn’t be accountable for violent actions because it might result in them being forced to leave.
The fight for the future of this country is far from over. Stories like this just go to prove that. Stay informed. Stay active. And stay vigilant.