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Border Patrol Union Head Calls on Rubio to Leave Senate Amnesty Gang

Posted By Daniel Greenfield On April 14, 2013 @ 7:14 pm In The Point | 11 Comments

The whole pretext for the amnesty bill was that it was supposedly going to fix border security. We now know that the border security aspect of it is just hot air.

A bipartisan group of senators has largely agreed on a broad immigration bill that would require tough border measures to be in place before illegal immigrants could take the first steps to become American citizens, according to several people familiar with drafts of the legislation.

But in a delicate compromise worked out over weeks of negotiations, the bill does not impose any specific measurements of border enforcement results that, if they were not met, would stop the immigrants from proceeding toward citizenship.

Instead, the bill allows a period of 10 years for the Department of Homeland Security to make plans and use resources to fortify enforcement at the borders and elsewhere within the country before it sets several broader hurdles that could derail the immigrants’ progress toward citizenship if they are not achieved.

It’s not a compromise. Or rather it’s the usual sort of compromise that RINOs make with the Democratic Party in which they give everything and get nothing.

A DHS under Obama and then likely Clinton control will get a few more billion to improve security. Will a party that profits from illegal immigration actually keep to any of this? No it will not. Will it stop the march to citizenship for the Undocumented Democrats? No it will not.

The senators’ compromise allows Republican lawmakers, including Senators John McCain of Arizona and Marco Rubio of Florida, to say that they achieved border enforcement advances in the bill as a condition before any illegal immigrants can apply for permanent-resident green cards, the first step toward citizenship.

But it also allows Democrats to describe the border measures as goals that can be achieved with the resources provided, so they will not become roadblocks that could stop the immigrants from reaching the final stage of citizenship.

There’s your compromise. Imaginary border security that serves as no obstacle to 12 million new Democrats waiting for their welfare checks.

To seal the doom of the border security aspect of the bill, the head of the union that represents immigration enforcement officers is asking Rubio to do the right thing and step away from the Amnesty Gang.

Chris Crane, the top union official for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, is calling on Senator Marco Rubio to leave the so-called Gang of Eight negotiations on comprehensive immigration reform.

In a statement released Friday, Crane said the group’s plan would provide “amnesty for 11 million illegal aliens in the U.S. with no guaranteed commitment of ever providing for strengthened enforcement to prevent the problems of our current immigration situation from recurring.”

Crane observed that Rubio had previously indicated he would not accept a deal that does not follow an “enforcement first” approach, and noted Senator Chuck Schumer’s recent remarks that the Gang’s plan would seek a secure border after legalization is achieved. “I would then respectfully call on Senator Rubio to follow through on his commitment to the American people — and his pledge to accomplish enforcement first before legalization — and to leave the Gang of Eight.”

Crane also noted that ICE officers have requested meetings with the Gang of Eight, as well as the White House, but have been denied. This was a disturbing development, he argued, given the Gang’s outreach to big business and labor groups such as the Chamber of Commerce and the AFL-CIO.

Here is the full statement from the National ICE Council.

“The National ICE Council represents approximately 7,600 Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, agents, and support staff. These are the men and women I proudly serve with who risk their lives to uphold our nation’s laws and protect the public safety.

We have tried for weeks, unsuccessfully, to get a meeting with the Gang of 8 in order to share our deep concerns about the breakdown of interior enforcement in America. ICE’s political leadership, specifically Secretary Napolitano and Director Morton, have repeatedly and dangerously undermined the ability of ICE officers and agents to do their jobs and ensure the constitutionally established rule of law is upheld.

Yet, while the Gang of 8 has, as reported for months, worked extensively with powerful interest groups, ICE officers – like the public – have been shut out. Now we understand from media reports that the Gang of 8 is preparing to drop a 1,500 page bill on Tuesday, and pass it as quickly as possible, without having received any input from rank-and-file ICE officers.

If the Gang is truly committed to enforcement and public safety they should be eager to provide our officers with an opportunity to review this legislation and offer detailed input before it is introduced.

I would therefore respectfully request that the introduction of the bill be delayed so that ICE officers and others in the law enforcement community can be fully briefed on this 1,500 page bill and offer detailed input regarding some of our nation’s most urgent interior enforcement needs that this proposal seemingly does nothing to address. It is our opinion that the Americans who have actually worked within our nation’s broken immigration system and who have firsthand knowledge and experience with enforcing US immigration law should have at least a fraction of the consideration offered to AFL-CIO leadership and the Chamber of Commerce.

Unlike some Washington interest groups and lobbies, our only agenda is the public safety, the safety of our officers, and the rule law. If the group of Senators finalizing this 1,500 page bill remain unwilling to meet with our officers I fear the American public should be prepared for a proposal that will succeed only in delivering amnesty and that will repeat history by failing to deliver on enforcement.”


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