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The White House Hosted An ICE Event But Everyone Is Talking About Trump’s ‘Perfect English’ Comment

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The White House held a special event this week in honor of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency and their agents. President Donald Trump was there as was Vice President Mike Pence and Secretary of Homeland Security is Kirstjen Nielsen. The event included a panel that discussed what ICE is about and the type of the work they do, which served as a way to dispel the notion that ICE only detains undocumented immigrants. All the attention, however, is being given to one agent who was introduced by President Trump as speaking “perfect English.”

President Trump and other high ranking government officials wanted to celebrate the work of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents in a special ceremony.

Twitter/@annalectaYet, things didn’t quite go as planned for the event. Several people on social media pointed out that Trump kept referring to the Customs and Border Protection as “CBC” and not its correct acronym which is CBP even though it’s on the teleprompter.

Present Trump then asked one Latino agent up to the stage and jokingly asked if he was nervous. Trump also prefaced the introduction by making it clear that he speaks English.

The agent’s name is Adrian Anzaldua and he was being honored for stopping a smuggler who had 78 undocumented immigrants in a truck.

Trump did not make any attempt to pronounce the agents last name when calling him to the stage.

According to KSAT, on Aug. 11 Anzaluda made the stop in Laredo, Texas. He pulled over a refrigerated tractor-trailer and in the locked trailer were 78 people from various countries including Mexico, Guatemala, Honduras, El Salvador, Brazil, Ecuador, India and the Dominican Republic.

Anzaluda didn’t make mention to Trump’s comments when speaking to the audience.

Instead, the agent spoke about what happened on the day he discovered 78 undocumented immigrants in the back of a tractor trailer. According to Anzaluda, the truck skipped a mandatory checkpoint which prompted him to pull the truck over and conduct a search.

Trump then shook his hand and said that Anzaluda had done a good job, and that the following day Anzaluda would probably “run for office.”

People on social media were astounded that Trump would comment on the agent’s language skills just because he’s Latino.

Some Twitter users pointed out that he is an American so the comment was unnecessary.

Some people were quick to make jokes about the president’s command of English.

Trump has a well-documented history of Twitter typos and incorrectly used words.

But, the actual surprise of the comment is not really there for most people.

Omarosa made news recently for admitting that she recorded conversations in the White House that will reveal racist language and inappropriate conduct. However, a lot of people following the Trump residency don’t feel the need to listen to the tapes.

So many people are tying this to the long-running narrative of the Trump administration.

The transcripts from the speech shows President Trump spending more time making jokes than highlighting Anzaluda’s career.

Of course, the comment is all the more bizarre if you consider how many Latinos speak English.

In fact, there has been a drop in Latinos speaking Spanish at home.

Instead of these events, the American people want a real, honest press conference.

So, let’s hope that at some point, now that Paul Manafort has been found guilty and Michael Cohen took a plea deal, we will finally start getting answers.


READ: The Dangerous Way Trump Wants To Deal With Undocumented Immigrants And Their Children

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Immigration Officers Now Claim A Pregnant Woman's Husband Is Wanted For Murder In Mexico After A Controversial Arrest

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Immigration Officers Now Claim A Pregnant Woman’s Husband Is Wanted For Murder In Mexico After A Controversial Arrest

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A California woman had to drive herself to the hospital and give birth without her husband after he was detained by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officials on the way to the emergency room. The couple, Maria del Carmen Venegas and Joel Arrona-Lara, had pulled into a gas station in San Bernardino, California, on their way to deliver their baby. It was there that ICE officers came to their car window and asked for identification but according to the New York Times, Arrona-Lara didn’t have his driver’s license with him and officers arrested him. But according to ICE officials the man was detained because he was wanted on an outstanding arrest warrant in a homicide case in Mexico.

A couple was stopped by immigration authorities during a gas stop on the way to the hospital.

Venegas, who was getting a cesarean section, told KCBS that ICE agents asked her husband to exit their car. They then searched the vehicle for weapons, the security video shows two agents alongside Arrona-Lara with his hands cuffed behind his back. The mother of five then drove herself to the hospital and delivered a baby boy without her husband at her side.

“I never thought that they would take him like that, handcuff him, and that they would leave me stranded at the gas station,” MCarmen Venegas, told NBC Los Angeles.

ICE originally said Arrona-Lara was arrested because he was in the U.S illegally not because of a homicide warrant for him in Mexico.

After news of the arrest came out Saturday afternoon, ICE officials released previously undisclosed details about Arrona-Lara’s arrest. He is wanted in Mexico under a warrant issued for homicide charges, ICE spokeswoman Lori Haley said in a public statement, which brought the attention of agents.

Emilio Amaya of the Community Services Center of San Bernardino, who is representing Arrona-Lara, told KCBS he has not been able to confirm ICE’s claim that his client is wanted on homicide charges. Arrona-Lara’s detention papers indicate he is in custody for being in the U.S. without documentation.

“According to the family, he has no criminal history in Mexico, and we did our own search through Mexican channels and we didn’t find anything under his name,” Amaya told the New York Times. Arrona Lara has no criminal record in the United States, according to Amaya.

The agency’s policy says that it concentrates on people who “pose a threat to national security, public safety and border security.”

“ICE conducts targeted immigration enforcement in compliance with federal law and agency policy,” Haley said in the statement. She declined to say whether the ICE agents considered delaying Arrona-Lara’s arrest until after the birth or could have escorted Venegas to the hospital, given her condition.

There are still many questions concerning the arrest and people want answers now.

Reaction online has condemned ICE for the arrest and the way it has handled criticism. Some are upset that ICE officials never mentioned the homicide charges in the original arrest and only after the backlash.

ICE has ramped up arrests under the Trump administration following executive orders that directed the agency to pursue any undocumented person in the country. For instance, the administration in March rescinded an Obama-era directive that generally ordered immigration officials to release pregnant women from custody.


READ: Officials Opened A School To Provide Shelter For Kids After Their Parents Were Detained By ICE

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