Obama tells cops enforcing immigration laws ‘is not smart’

The same president who’s trying to convince House Republicans to revamp the country’s immigration laws doesn’t think enforcing the law makes much sense in the first place.

Speaking to representatives of local sheriffs offices, police departments and federal agencies at the White House, President Obama said Tuesday that street-level immigration law enforcement – arresting illegal aliens because they’re illegal aliens — is more trouble than it’s worth.

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“You’ve got to spend time dealing with somebody who is not causing any other trouble other than the fact that they were trying to make a living for their families,” Obama said, according to the Daily Caller.

“That’s just not a good use of our resources. It’s not smart. It doesn’t make sense,” he said.

Unfortunately for Obama’s logic, that’s more or less what law enforcement is.

People peddling marijuana aren’t causing any trouble other than the fact that they’re trying to make a living for their families. A pimp running a string of street girls is just trying to get by, same as anyone else. Guys who raid construction sites for copper wire are just trying to feed their kids. (If they’ve got an accomplice, they might even be “job creators.”)

In what Obama probably considers a colossal waste of effort, police have to “spend time” dealing with all of them.

And it really hurts the president’s case that the administration has made a practice of actually releasing illegal immigrants who’ve even been convicted of some of the crimes he considers more important than violating immigration law. According media reports this week based on the administration’s own statistics, immigration officials released more than 36,000 criminals convicted of crimes ranging from drunk driving to rape and homicide back into the U.S. population in 2013, instead of deporting them to their home countries.

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The statement on Tuesday was part of a pattern Obama and his minions have been following from the get-go, whether it’s immigration law or the various deadlines, mandates etc. that go into the Obamacare regime: In the Obama administration, the law is only what Obama says it is, to be enforced or not depending on the whims of the moment, the political affiliation – and donation history — of the lawbreaker, the proximity of the next election.

It was also a perfect example of what’s keeping House Republicans from going ahead with some version of the much-ballyhooed immigration law the Senate passed last summer. Conservatives don’t trust the White House to live up to any deal that involves treating illegal aliens as though they had actually done something illegal – like break immigration laws.

In a statement Tuesday, a spokesman for House Speaker John Boehner, R-Ohio, said the White House hasn’t given Republicans any reason to have that trust.

“We have a broken immigration system,” Boehner spokesman Michael Steel said, according to USA Today. “But it is impossible to make progress until the American people — and their elected representatives — have faith that the president himself will actually enforce the law as written.”

But he doesn’t think he has to. “It’s not smart.”

Joe Saunders

Joe Saunders, a 25-year newspaper veteran, is a staff writer and editor for BizPac Review who lives in Tallahassee and covers capital and Florida politics. Email Joe at [email protected].

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