We all know President Obama is rewriting our immigration law on his own. He has issued new orders that grant certain illegal immigrants a waiver to deportation. Details of this new policy was released on Friday and for the paltry sum of $465, illegal immigrants that were brought to the United States as children can apply for a waiver and a work permit. In other words, trading illegal status for legal status. Sounds like a good deal, at least for them.
In regards to these new immigration rules, ie. selective enforcement of current immigration law, we are learning about a new, very troubling trend in the leadership of the law enforcement agencies charged with enforcing immigration law. To all Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, beware of who you are arresting. If your superiors consider your suspect to be unworthy of arrest, you could be punished. The good Senator from Alabama has some questions that I would like answers to myself.
(Fox News) Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., is demanding answers after a report surfaced that a U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent is facing punishment for arresting an illegal immigrant.
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. He was nabbed in Newark, Del.
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.
“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 most troubling aspect of this, besides the ICE agent facing punishment for doing his job, is the statement by the Newark Police Department that an American citizen, stopped under the same circumstances, would have been arrested. Since when is it standard operating procedure to give illegal immigrants preferential treatment over America citizens.
At the risk of sounding crass and uncaring, when will it be time for our leaders to stand up for what is right for those of us who are in this country legally? What about the millions of immigrants who have come to America legally? They have followed the laws, paid their dues, and gained citizenship or legal status? I don’t care if the prime recipients of the new immigration policy from the Obama administration were brought here by their parents. They are still in this country illegally. I have no desire to see them treated inhumanely, but that doesn’t change their immigration status.
What about the people who have been hurt by type of illegal immigrant the ICE agent tried to arrest? Doing a quick Google search shows many examples of American citizens being killed or hurt by illegal immigrants who were driving illegally, and/or drunk. Why is it considered a bad thing to want them off our streets and out of our country? I, for one, consider it to be a slap in the face, both to the legal immigrants in this country, and to American citizens.
I hope Senator Sessions sticks to his guns on this issue. Maybe Representative Steve King (R., Iowa) can join his cause and help highlight the travesty of punishing this ICE agent for doing his job and protecting American citizens and legal residents in this country. If President Obama insists on changing our immigration policy, the least he could do is go through Congress. Instead, he is making wholesale changes because he believes they are necessary and proper. What about following the law of the land he claims to be an expert on? So much for the United States Constitution.