Did you hear the good news? President Trump has taken the handcuffs, blindfolds and leg irons off the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE) and is actually allowing its agents to do the job for which they were hired.

On Wednesday, Jan. 10, it was reported that, “agents arrested 21 people suspected of living in the country illegally in a predawn sweep targeting dozens of 7-Eleven stores across the country.” The number was actually 98 stores, but who’s counting.

The left is naturally apoplectic over it. Advocates claim that everyone should have the right to work and that is unfair to target the undocumented, as cameras caught several illegals being hauled away.

But, as it turns out, ICE is not “targeting” the undocumented. They are targeting businesses who illegally hire these workers, often using falsified and stolen identification to do so.

“Today’s actions send a strong message to U.S. businesses that hire and employ an illegal workforce: ICE will enforce the law, and if you are found to be breaking the law, you will be held accountable,” ICE Acting Director Tom Homan said in a statement. “Businesses that hire illegal workers are a pull factor for illegal immigration, and we are working hard to remove this magnet.”

One letter to the editor in the Los Angeles Times noted: “To the editor: It is estimated that there are about 11 million undocumented immigrants in this country. ICE arrested 21 in one day during its 7-Eleven raids. Let’s be generous and say these people can be deported the same day, and ICE can perform similar raids daily. At this rate we’ll have the all undocumented immigrants deported in about 523,800 days, or 1,435 years. So, by the year 3453, the United States will be free of undocumented immigrants. I can hardly wait. Make America goofy again.” Mary Rouse, Los Angeles

Well, Mary, there appears to be something more to this, and it’s evidently above your pay-grade. It’s a little thing known as self-deportation – something the president and his administration seem to understand, but that you and your ilk do not. And why should they? The left rarely understands cause and effect.

The ICE plan isn’t unlike the following scenario: A generous electronics company decides it is going to give away an undisclosed amount of flat-screen televisions. All one has to do is show up. It’s first come, first served. Word gets out and a long line quickly forms. Thousands of people stand idle for hours upon hours, as the TVs are passed out. Well, before the line dwindles, the company runs out of merchandise.

Now, what do think happened? Did people remain in line despite no incentive to do so? Of course not. The line quickly evaporated – and that, as they say, was that.

The same will happen to the illegal-immigrant population. Word will quickly spread throughout illegal-alien communities that there will soon be no way to earn any money – and worse, that the evil Trump is rounding them up for deportation.

Of course, Trump is not rounding them up, but if that is the perception, all the better.

With little incentive to come and stay in this country, illegals will soon begin to self-deport. All that is required of ICE is to continue a few widely publicized raids at regular intervals, and illegals will do the rest.

We may even have to postpone the building of the wall to give them all a chance to leave. Or better yet – border agents can hand out a lovely parting gift as they cross back into Mexico.

Maybe a gift like, “I went to America, and all I got was this ‘Make America Great Again’ ball cap.”

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