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Obama Is Bypassing Congress Over ICE Position

From the Associated Press:

House panel bars funds for immigrant advocate

By DONNA CASSATA | March 5, 2014

WASHINGTON (AP) — The first immigration bill in the House this year would prohibit any money for the public advocate for immigrants in U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

A position which Congress has specifically eliminated and defunded.

After hours of contentious debate, Republicans pushed through a bill in the Judiciary Committee on Wednesday night that would bar the homeland security secretary from using taxpayer dollars for the ICE position. The 17-14 vote along party lines came after the panel rejected a series of Democratic amendments.

Republicans insisted the bill was necessary to counter the Obama administration’s disregard for Congress’ previous move to eliminate the position in Immigration and Customs Enforcement…

"Congress defunded the position and the administration chose to make an end run around Congress," said Rep. Bob Goodlatte, R-Va., chairman of the Judiciary Committee, who argued that the administration simply changed the title of the position and kept the same person to bypass congressional will.

So where is the outrage from our news media? How come this isn’t as big as the Iran/Contra scandal, in which we were told Reagan defied the Boland Amendment? (When in fact, he didn’t.)

The bill would prohibit any money for the position of either public advocate or deputy assistant director of custody programs and community outreach in the ICE.

How dare Congress try to have its way?

Goodlatte said the full House likely will consider the measure next week, making it the first piece of immigration legislation this election year.

Oh, the irony. (Not.)

Republicans criticized Obama, arguing that he selectively enforced the nation’s laws. Along with the immigration bill, the committee approved two other measures — one would establish a procedure for the House or Senate to authorize a lawsuit against the executive branch for failing to enforce the law, the second would require government officials to report to Congress on reasons for nonenforcement.

In fact, isn’t every time Obama defies Congress — another Iran-Contra scandal?

The measures have no chance in the Democratic-led Senate…

Whew, we were worried for a minute that Obama might be required to actually obey the law and do his job, which is to enforce the laws of the land.

In opposing the bill, Democrats countered that the public advocate ensures the safety of immigrants within custody of ICE. "When did protecting people from harm become a subversion of the law?" [John] Conyers asked…

Answer: when Congress explicit prohibits such an office in a bill, and that bill is signed into law.

Meanwhile, lest we forget, John Conyers was one of the foremost hysterics about the so-called Iran-Contra scandal. In fact, among other things, Conyers, headed the Subcommittee on Criminal Justice, that investigated the Iran-Contra (non) scandal forever.

This article was posted by Steve on Thursday, March 6th, 2014. Comments are currently closed.

2 Responses to “Obama Is Bypassing Congress Over ICE Position”

  1. Right of the People says:

    More treasonous behavior from the Oval Orifice.

  2. Mithrandir says:

    The measures have no chance in the Democratic-led Senate…

    A macro on the media’s keyboard. “Those stupid Republicans! Don’t they know their silly ideas will never amount to anything?”

    How often has the media defended Republicans in this way when democrats try to pass stupid things? Never, because democrats NEVER pass stupid things, according to them. When it gets to Republican’s hands, they decry bi-partisanship, or blame the tea party for gridlock.

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