“Beware of what you wish for,” it’s often said.
Last week, as a part of the president’s mini-”DREAM Act” policy, thousands of undocumented immigrants under the age of 31 who arrived here as children lined up to apply for a “deferred action” of deportation. 10 Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents now say that the result of this policy is that they can no longer do their jobs. They have now taken their frustrations to a federal court in Texas, where they filed a suit against the Obama administration.
As a way of showing that they’re not fooling around, they hired Kris W. Kobach, a high-profile lawyer and Kansas Secretary of State to represent them. According to Kobach, “ICE is at a point now where agents are being told to break federal law, they’re pretty much told that any illegal alien under age of 31 is going to be let go. You can imagine, these law enforcement officers are being put in a horrible position.”
The possibility of a lawsuit was brought up in July by U.S. Rep. Steve King, R-Iowa, when questioning Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano at a House Judiciary Committee hearing. He asked her if she might consider rescinding the president’s executive mini-”DREAM Act” order before it came to that point.
She replied, “Representative, I will not rescind it. It’s right on the law. It’s the right policy. It fits within our prosecutorial priorities. And although it came out of the Department of Homeland Security, let me say that president is foursquare behind it, embraces this policy as the right thing to do.”
According to the Washington Times:
“The 10 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and deportation officers said Mr. Obama’s policies force them to choose between enforcing the law and being reprimanded by superiors, or listening to superiors and violating their own oaths of office and a 1996 law that requires them to put those who entered the country illegally into deportation proceedings.”
The entire post can be read in the Washington times.
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