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ICE Agents Sue Over Obama Dream Amnesty

From the Daily Caller:

ICE agents sue Napolitano, Morton over immigration policies

By Caroline May | Thurs August 23, 2012

Ten Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents filed a lawsuit against Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and ICE Director John Morton Thursday, taking on recent Obama administration directives which they say prevent them from upholding the law.

The suit, filed in federal court in Dallas, Texas, challenges the administration’s June 15th deferred action directive which instructed ICE agents not to arrest certain illegal immigrants for deportation and facilitate the granting of work permits for some directive beneficiaries.

“We are federal law enforcement officers who are being ordered to break the law. This directive puts ICE agents and officers in a horrible position,” President of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council and former ICE agent Chris Crane said in a statement.

Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, an adviser [to] Republican presidential candidate Mitt Romney, is the lead attorney on the case.

“The Directive is an extension of the DREAM Act, which was rejected by Congress, and aims to grant an amnesty to 1.7 million illegal aliens,” Kobach said. “It violates federal immigration laws that require certain aliens to be placed in removal proceedings, it violates the Administrative Procedure Act, and it encroaches upon the legislative powers of Congress as defined in Article I of the United States Constitution.”

“The lawsuit notes the position that these ICE agents are being put in, they are being ordered by their political appointee superiors to break federal law, or if they don’t break federal law, according to their orders, they will be disciplined. This is an absolutely breath taking assertion of authority and an abuse of authority,” he added in a conference call with reporters, comparing the situation to Fast and Furious.

Republican lawmakers came out in support of the lawsuit Thursday, including Texas Reps. Louie Gohmert, John Carter and House Judiciary Committee Chairman Lamar Smith.

“The Obama administration’s amnesty program not only rewards lawbreakers, it also forces ICE agents to violate federal law. ICE agents should enforce our immigration laws and apprehend illegal immigrants. But the Obama administration makes it impossible for ICE agents to do their jobs,” Smith said in a statement. “Instead of enforcing the law, the Obama administration requires ICE agents to release illegal immigrants. This policy not only hurts ICE agents but also unemployed American workers who have to compete with illegal immigrants for scarce jobs.” …

But apparently, these immigration agents are just special interest hirelings. At least according to the New York Times:

Agents Sue Over Deportation Suspensions

By JULIA PRESTON | Thurs August 23, 2012

Claiming they are being forced to carry out an illegal policy, 10 immigration agents filed a federal lawsuit in Texas on Thursday against Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, seeking to overturn an Obama administration program that suspends deportations for illegal immigrants who came here when they were children…

The suit also has distinct political overtones. It is financed by NumbersUSA, a group that seeks to reduce immigration and has strongly opposed the deferred deportations, saying they are a backdoor amnesty.

In fact, NumbersUSA only seeks to reduce illegal immigration. Which we thought we all wanted to do. Otherwise, why do we even have borders?

The lead plaintiff is Chris Crane, president of the National ICE Council, the union representing more than 7,000 immigration agents.

Er, exactly what is wrong with that? Besides, the suit is claiming that immigration agents are being wrongfully punished for making legitimate arrests. Isn’t that exactly the kind of thing a union should be involved in?

He said Thursday that he was participating as an individual, not on behalf of the union. He has been a persistent critic of senior agency officials…

Under the program, as many as 1.7 million illegal immigrants who came here before they were 16 will be eligible for two-year reprieves from deportation.

Notice how even the New York Times is admitting that Obama’s claim that this would only apply to 800,000 illegal aliens was a blatant lie. In fact, the real number will end up being any times more than even 1.7 million.

The A.F.L.-C.I.O., the labor federation that includes the ICE Council, opposed the agents’ lawsuit. “They do not represent the labor movement, which has strongly supported the president,” said Ana Avendaño, director of immigration for the federation [sic]. “It’s just a political maneuver by anti-immigrant forces.”

So it is wrong for the border agents union to be involved, but it isn’t wrong for the AFL-CIO to oppose the suit? By the way, do you remember the old days when labor unions used to try to protect their members’ jobs instead of a political party?

Also, ask yourself when was the last time the New York Times ever reported on the special interests behind any leftwing lawsuit? (Hint: never.)

This article was posted by Steve Gilbert on Friday, August 24th, 2012. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “ICE Agents Sue Over Obama Dream Amnesty”

  1. Rusty Shackleford

    Wow, people of integrity. Way to go Dallas!

    Though I’m sure the other side will cry racism and whatever else they can think of.

    Yup, a federal edict directing law enforcement officials to break the law. I’m sure Holder and Nazi-politano will try to parse words, and that the most coverage this issue will get will be on PJ Media and here, but…it’s great fun to see such arrogant people get caught with the gas pump hose stuck in their car as they try to drive down the road.

    More, please.

  2. Reality Bytes

    “Don’t Blame Me. I Voted for the American.”

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