Is Donald Trump Targeting Democratic State Senator Kevin de León’s Family For Deportation?

By Shawn Rice


President Donald Trump targeting the family of California Senate President Pro Tempore Kevin de León for deportation is fake news. There is no truth to a report coming from a dubious right-wing web site that Trump is seeking to deport the family of California lawmaker Kevin de León.

Where did this fake news originate? falsely reported on Aug. 11, 2017, that the family of California senator Kevin de León had been targeted for deportation by Trump because they are allegedly all undocumented. You can read a portion of the story below.

The Democrats are not immune to survive [sic] the huge pressure on them and their followers from the new laws for illegal immigrants. The DNC opposed every law which confronts their open borders agenda.

Kevin de Leon, a California Democrat State Senate leader admitted that with this new reform, half of his family is unlawfully on US soil.

The article uses quotes from a speech given by de León on Jan. 31 2017, in which he said:

…The reality is, with the executive order and the criteria that has been developed, many individuals – I can tell you, half of my family would be eligible for deportation under the executive order. Because, if they got a false social security card, if they got a false identification, if they got a false driver’s license prior to us passing AB-60, if they got a false green card. And anyone who has family members who are undocumented knows that almost entirely everybody has secured some sort of false identification, that’s what you need to survive, to work – they are eligible for massive deportation.

De León’s remarks were in response to an executive order signed by Trump, which sought the enhancement of immigration law enforcement, especially in so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions.

For America’s police chiefs, calls for enhanced enforcement of federal immigration laws bring a particular concern. Chiefs are afraid that such efforts will have the unintended consequence of actually increasing crime and making their communities less safe. The reasons for this can be found in recent incidents from some of the country’s so-called sanctuary cities.

However, the article offers no evidence that either Trump or Immigration and Customs Enforcement had targeted or was about to target members of de León’s family, according to Snopes. Furthermore, a spokesperson for de León told Snpes that the family members to whom the senator was referring have already become naturalized United States citizens or permanent residents.

The Senator generalized that half his family would have been eligible for deportation under Trump’s new standards. Those members were naturalized during the Reagan era and are now citizens or permanent residents.

Therefore, the central claim of the Proud Patriots article is false because de León’s family members are not eligible for deportation on the grounds of being undocumented immigrants.

What did you think of the fake news that Trump was seeking to deport de León’s family? Did you believe it or see people sharing the …read more

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