Sunday, August 5, 2012

ICE Agents Punished For Enforcing the Law

    ICE agents are now getting in trouble – for doing their job. When President Obama unilaterally changed the immigration policy to allow younger illegal immigrants to stay in the country the administration said these individuals would have to meet certain requirements.      From the DHS announcement:
The department continues to focus its enforcement resources on the removal of individuals who pose a national security or public safety risk, including immigrants convicted of crimes, violent criminals, felons, and repeat immigration law offenders. Today's action further enhances the Department's ability to focus on these priority removals.
        Under this directive, individuals who demonstrate that they meet the following criteria will be eligible for an exercise of discretion, specifically deferred action, on a case-by-case basis:
        1. Came to the United States under the age of sixteen;
        2. Have continuously resided in the United States for a least five years preceding the date of this memorandum and are present in the United States on the date of this memorandum;
        3.  Are currently in school, have graduated from high school, have obtained a general education development certificate, or are honorably discharged veterans of the Coast Guard or Armed Forces of the United States;
        4. Have not been convicted of a felony offense, a significant misdemeanor offense, multiple misdemeanor offenses, or otherwise pose a threat to national security or public safety;
        5. Are not above the age of thirty.

    As it turns out, the administration never had any intention of enforcing these aspects of the new policy. In early July, The Washington Times was already reporting that the requirements were essentially being ignored. Making matters worse, top immigration officials recently came out saying that criminals are being set free as DREAMers without question or charges, which only highlights the administration’s feigned interest in national security and public safety.

    Now, agents are being punished for following the requirements set forth in the directive.
The unidentified agent could face a three-day suspension after he arrested a 35-year-old illegal immigrant from Mexico who had as many as 10 traffic violations.
        The agent was ordered by supervisors to release the individual because he was not a "priority target." When the officer balked, he was threatened with a three-day suspension and the illegal alien was let go.

    Sen. Sessions isn’t having any of it:
    "The actions that it appears were taken by your agency send a message to agents in the field that they will be punished for doing their duty and enforcing the law," Sessions wrote in an letter to ICE Director John Morton and obtained exclusively by Fox News.

    The administration’s policies and retaliatory tactics are stripping the agency of any ability to do their job and protect the American people despite internal will. They’ve even stooped to a new low by deleting immigration enforcement success stories from everyone’s memory.

    Agents are bearing the unfortunate brunt of Washington politics and it’s taking its toll:
        “They’ve got their heads down,” Crane said, referring to ICE agents. “We feel like the administration is against us and not the people who are violating our laws.”
        According to a survey conducted by, ICE is ranked 222 out of 240 with a workplace score of 52.5.
        Crane said he is not surprised.      “We can’t do anything anymore under these new guidelines,” he said.

    It will soon be, if it’s not already, an agency in name only.


Republicans pounce on Obama plan for young illegal immigrants

 House Republicans, responding to new details of the Obama administration's plan to allow some young illegal immigrants to apply for work permits and stay temporarily, charged that it could create delays for legal immigrants trying to enter the United States.

"This will lead to a backlog for legal immigrants who followed the rules, while allowing lawbreakers to skip to the front of the line," Rep. Lamar Smith, the Texas Republican who heads the House Judiciary Committee, said in a statement.

Obama administration officials released new information about the application process on Friday.

The plan, originally announced in June, is "another example of how the president's policies put the interests of illegal immigrants ahead of the interests of U.S. citizens and legal immigrants," said Smith, who is concerned that applicants will lie about their age and when they came into the United States.

Smith is concerned that U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services, faced with a surge in paperwork, will be "forced to put off processing legal immigration applications in favor of the illegal immigrant applications." The government is not hiring more immigration officers to handle the additional work.

Immigration is a polarizing issue in the presidential campaign. The Republican Party has struggled to attract Latino voters in recent years, and Obama's decision to halt the deportation of some illegal immigrants was seen as a move to energize Latino voters in the run-up to election day.

Mitt Romney, the likely Republican presidential nominee, took a hard line against comprehensive immigration reform during the primaries, but has softened his rhetoric in recent months. Romney hasn't said whether or not he would eliminate the new rules if elected. But his campaign criticized Obama for playing election-year politics with the immigration issue.

Starting Aug. 15, the Department of Homeland Security will begin receiving applications for "deferred action" from illegal immigrants who were born after June 15, 1981, and were brought to the United States before they turned 16, among other factors. Officials said that the application will be confidential and won't result in deportation unless the person is a convicted criminal, is considered a national security or public safety threat, or files a fraudulent application.

Applicants will pay $85 to apply to stay for at least two years and $360 to apply for permission to work during that time. They must submit fingerprints, undergo a background check, and prove they have graduated from high school or received a GED, are currently enrolled in school, or have been honorably discharged from the U.S. military.

"The excitement is electric," said Rep.Luis V. Gutierrez (D-Ill.), who sees this process as a "stepping stone" to broader immigration reforms. Gutierrez is helping organize events in Chicago on Aug. 15 to celebrate the opening of the application process and assist applicants in filing their paperwork. Advocates have dubbed the date "DREAM Relief Day."

The change could benefit up to 1.4 million people, according to the Pew Hispanic Center, a nonpartisan research group.

"By spending less time and fewer resources chasing high school and college students, the Department of Homeland Security can spend a lot more time and resources actually securing the homeland," said Gutierrez.


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