ICE Raids and New Yorkers Prefer Trump

Grind for August 10th
“Americans are incredibly inpatient. Someone once said that the shortest period of time in America is the time between when the light turns green and when you hear the first horn honk.”
– Jim Rohn

Time To Go Home

The Headline

New Yorkers hate Mayor Bill de Blasio more than they hate Trump

The Grind

Few Democrats were excited when New York Mayor Bill de Blasio entered the presidential race in May.

Now, they are downright sick of him.

“The New York mayor turned quixotic presidential candidate seems sick of his city – and the feeling is mutual,” reported the New York Times on Tuesday.

Everyone already knew this, but for the Times to come out and say it is a big deal. If de Blasio were actually in the running to become the Democratic nominee, something like this would have a huge impact).

The Details

According to the latest polls, only 26% of New York voters like de Blasio (that’s even lower than Trump’s 35% approval rating in New York).

In terms of running for president, de Blasio has less than 1% support from Democratic voters. That means he won’t be appearing in the next Democratic primary debate.

At the YMCA de Blasio regularly uses, critics have posted flyers reading: “By entering these premises, you agree not to run for president.”

Even those who aided de Blasio’s 2013 mayoral campaign have refused to join his presidential campaign. One of them – John Del Cecato – is working for rival candidate Pete Buttigieg.

In commenting on de Blasio’s remarkable isolation, former New York Congressman Charles Rangel said: “I don’t know a goddam person that’s his buddy – nobody.”

The Takeaway

A big part of New Yorkers’ dislike for de Blasio is his dislike for New York City.

De Blasio did not grow up in New York, and from the very beginning of his mayorship has seemed more focused on larger goals for the Democratic Party than on running the city.

As a result, de Blasio has failed to achieve virtually all of his goals for the city (and in the meantime, his dreams for progressive leadership were stolen by Bernie Sanders and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – neither of which received his support).

When asked by Pod Save America host Tommy Vietor whether she was excited about de Blasio’s presidential announcement, New York Attorney General Letitia James said:

“Seriously…We need a mayor who is going to be on the job 24 hours a day, 7 days a week,” said James. “And so I ask the question – has the crisis in affordable housing been addressed? No. Has income inequality been addressed? No.”

She went on to ask about the following issues, with the audience chanting “No” to each one:

–Equal pay for equal work?

— Increasing rate of cycling deaths

— Environmental issues

— School segregation

“So what is the legacy, what are you running on?” she asked de Blasio. “So all of these issues and more…but the question is WHY?”


The Headline

ICE arrests nearly 700 undocumented immigrants during Mississippi raid

The Grind

ICE agents on Wednesday arrested 680 illegal workers during a raid on seven food processing plants in Mississippi.

The operation, which has been described as the ‘largest single-state immigration enforcement operation in our nation’s history,’ occurred on the same day President Trump visited El Paso, TX to speak with residents following a mass shooting whose perpetrator has been linked to an online rant about the “Hispanic invasion.”

“It was a sad situation inside,” said Domingo Candelaria, a legal employee at Koch Foods Inc.

Koch Foods is one of the nation’s largest poultry producers, employing roughly 13,000 people in Mississippi, Georgia, Alabama, Ohio, Illinois, and Tennessee.

“This will affect the economy,” argues Maria Isabel Ayala, a local babysitter. “Without them here, how will you get your chicken?”

The Details

During the raid, ICE agents demanded identification papers from all employees and searched through their personal items. Those deemed illegal had their wrists tied with plastic bands and were forced onto buses to be transported to a military facility where they will be processed for immigration violations.

Those who tried to flee were caught by agents that had formed a perimeter around the factories.

“While we are a nation of immigrants, more than that…we are a nation of laws,” said US Attorney Mike Hurst. “They have to come here legally or they shouldn’t come here at all.”

All foreign nationals arrested Wednesday will be interviewed to record any mitigating humanitarian situations, added the agency. “Based on these interviews, and consideration of their criminality and prior immigration history, ICE is determining on a case-by-case basis based on the totality of the circumstances which individuals will be detained and which persons may be released from custody at present.”

Raids of this scale (which were common under GW Bush) are designed not only to root out illegal workers and send them home, but also to punish the employers who knowingly hire them.

“To those who use illegal aliens for competitive advantage or to make a quick buck, we have something to say to you: If we find that you have violated federal criminal law, we’re coming after you,” said Hurst.

Did you know… If Manhattan had the same population density as Alaska, there would only be 15 people living there.