During a presentation at the Congressional Hispanic Caucus Institute (CHCI) conference on Monday, Cecilia Munoz, who is the White House director of intergovernmental affairs, compared the federal crime of being in the country illegally to jaywalking. As seen, and heard, in this article on CNSNews.com, Munoz said “If you were running the police department of any urban area in this country, you would spend more resources going after serious criminals than after jaywalkers.”

Her comments were made in reference to the administration’s new policy of “prosecutorial discretion,” outlined in a June memo from the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency. Munoz also indicated that the administration’s new “discretion” policy is part of a “progression” of “work that’s been going on for several years.”

At the same conference, Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) expressed his thanks to President Obama for bypassing Congress’ authority in dealing with immigration (funny, I thought Congress wrote the laws, but maybe I missed that lesson in civics class).

According to Section 1325 of the U.S. Code, any alien who enters or attempts to enter the United States at any time or place other than as designated by immigration officers…. shall, for the first commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18 or imprisoned not more than 6 months, or both, and, for a subsequent commission of any such offense, be fined under title 18, or imprisoned not more than 2 years, or both.

Please feel free to share this link with Cecilia Munoz at the White House office of intergovernmental affairs, and if you get a chance send it over to Rep. Gutierrez as well.