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Bob Dane, communications director with the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), cut to the chase. “It’s part of the systematic dismantling of both border and interior enforcement,” he said. “It complements the non-enforcement policy of this administration.”
That policy is nothing more than an executive order issued by the president, effectively instituting the DREAM Act he couldn’t get though Congress. Illegal aliens who entered the country under the age of 16 and those who are now less than 30 years of age will not be deported, and will receive works visas as well–provided they meet certain criteria.
Or so the public has been told. Two days after Napolitano’s appearance before Congress, Chris Crane, president of the union representing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, hammered the administration, saying the policy is forcing immigration officials to ignore the law, and allowing illegals to exploit the system. “Prosecutorial discretion for dreamers is solely based on the individual’s claims,” said Crane at a press conference. “Our orders are if an alien says they went to high school, then let them go. Officers have been told that there is no burden for the alien to prove anything…At this point we don’t even know why DHS has criteria at all, as there is no requirement or burden to prove anything on the part of the alien.” George McCubbin, president of the National Border Patrol Council union confirmed Crane’s allegation, contending that the DHS has made it impossible for agents to do their jobs.
ICE defended its operations with a tiresomely familiar refrain: the agency is only funded to remove roughly 400,000 people a year. Thus, it has to “prioritize” deportations, with those accused of serious criminal offenses going to the top of the list. “Because the agency encounters more removable aliens than it is able to process, the agency prioritizes its resources on aliens whose removal have the greatest impact on public safety and the integrity of the immigration system,” spokeswoman Gillian Christensen said in a statement.
Yet one is left to wonder what ICE’s threshold for “greatest impact on public safety” truly is. Last Friday, Todd Starnes of Fox News revealed that an ICE agent is facing a three-day suspension for arresting a 35-year-old illegal immigrant from Mexico who had as many as 10 traffic violations. The agent was told that the arrestee was not a “priority target.” The officer balked, but was forced to let the alien go, or face the suspension. Adding insult to injury, a spokesperson for the Newark, Delaware Police Dept., the jurisdiction in which the alien was apprehended, told Fox News an American citizen stopped under the same circumstances would have been jailed.
Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) is demanding answers from ICE. “Federal law enforcement should certainly not be giving illegal aliens more preferential treatment than is afforded American citizens,” Sessions wrote. “Your agency’s apparent treatment of the criminal alien sends the troubling message that the demands of public safety are trumped by the desire for reduced deportations of those deemed ‘not presidential priorities.’”
ICE officers union president Crane, who is acting on the threatened agent’s behalf, again fired both barrels at the Obama administration. “They’re willing to take away (an agent’s) retirement, their job, (sic) their ability to support their families in favor of someone who is here illegally and violating our laws,” Crane told Fox News. “Right now (the Obama administration) is standing in the way of us enforcing the law by either taking a disciplinary action, threats of disciplinary action, or refusing to sign off on charging documents to put an illegal alien into immigration proceedings so a judge can sort it out.”
All of the above represents a pattern of duplicity and calculated indifference that should infuriate Americans. The essence of what drives millions of people to our country, namely that we are a nation of laws, not a nation of men, is being deliberately subverted by a president and a Democratic Party desperate to add to their political base–by any means necessary. Furthermore, why should anyone believe the seemingly coordinated media claims that the most odious part of this agenda, an illegally implemented DREAM Act, affects “only” 800,000 people? As the border agent representatives themselves revealed, there is no reliable criteria for determining a person’s eligibility.
Furthermore, the 2010 U.S. Census criteria for counting the total number of illegal aliens in America is meaningless. “To encourage undocumented immigrants to respond to the census the Census Bureau uses TV, radio and billboard messages, and enlists the help of community organizations to let people know that responding to the census won’t get them in trouble,” said Mark Mather, Associate Vice President of the Population Reference Bureau back in 2010, when the last Census was undertaken.
For an Obama administration determined to ram de facto amnesty down the throats of the American public, “getting in trouble” is rapidly becoming a largely meaningless term as well. If such laxity results in another domestic terror attack, every proponent of this agenda should be held fully accountable.
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