DACA 101: Online threats may lead to deportation
A Texas tweet storm is brewing over the detention of a Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals program (DACA) recipient in San Antonio.Sergio “Mapache” Salazar-Gonzalez, a beneficiary of Barack Obama’s DACA , was detained after participating in a protest outside a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility.Law enforcement sources told the San Antonio Express-News that Salazar-Gonzalez is the subject of scrutiny by the FBI’s Joint Terrorist Task Force following an intelligence referral by the Texas Department of Public Safety.Specifically, the 18-year-old is being looked at for online postings purported to threaten ICE, as well as instructional videos on how to make weapons.But those aren’t enough red flags for Rep. Lloyd Doggett, D-San Antonio. The congressman who regularly tweets his disdain at the Trump administration’s enforcement of immigration laws is trying to spring the young anti-ICE activist from custody.”While differing with both some of his political views and methods, I fully support his right to dissent without being targeted by the Trump Administration,” Doggett declared.Disregarding law enforcement’s legitimate security concerns, Doggett complained to ICE about “confusion” over the FBI inquiring into the young activist’s activities. What’s confusing about that?The real confusion is in the mind of a politician unwilling to wait for answers. That Salazar-Gonzalez had his DACA renewal petition denied and could face deportation proceedings are strong indications that something isn’t right with his status.We understand it’s election season, and Rep. Doggett is playing to the base of his deep-blue district. But like so many open-borders enthusiasts on Capitol Hill, he would better serve his constituents and the country by not jumping to conclusions or assuming the worst about law enforcement.
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