Would any immigration legislation that grants amnesty to current illegal aliens in exchange for future commitments to enforce our immigration laws be worth the paper it is printed on? Leaving aside the obvious question of why we should feel compelled to cut a deal with the people who have broken our laws before our government will even promise to try harder in the future, the answer is a resounding, unequivocal, categorical, NO! As if any more evidence was needed, a June 17 memo issued by John Morton, director of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, under the bureaucratic heading, “Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion Consistent with the Civil Immigration Enforcement Priorities of the Agency for the Apprehension, Detention, and Removal of Aliens,” makes it clear that the American people cannot trust this administration to enforce our immigration laws. The memo brazenly asserts the discretionary authority of ICE to disregard the immigration laws enacted by Congress by simply not enforcing them. The unmistakable message – explicitly laid out in six pages – is that the Obama administration will only enforce the laws it wants to enforce. Morton lists 19 “relevant factors” in determining whether “ICE officers, agents and attorneys” should exercise what the administration claims to be its “prosecutorial discretion” not to enforce immigration laws. As extensive as Morton’s detailed list of reasons for not enforcing immigration laws is, the director leaves...Read More
Author: Ira Mehlman
About The Author
Ira joined the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) in 1986 with experience as a journalist, professor of journalism, special assistant to Gov. Richard Lamm (Colorado), and press secretary of the House Defense Appropriations Subcommittee. His columns have appeared in National Review, LA Times, NY Times, Washington Post, Newsweek, and more. He is an experienced TV and radio commentator.
The illegal alien amnesty advocates are taking off the gloves – literally. Displaying a militant raised fist logo, the Fearless Campaign (www.fearlesscampaign.com) is demanding that President Obama immediately suspend deportation of illegal aliens who have U.S.-born kids and for any illegal alien who might qualify for the DREAM Act. Judging by the militancy of the message and graphic layout, the Fearless Campaign website might be mistaken for the work of radical groups like ANSWER or ACORN, or MEChA. Actually, according to the site, “The Fearless Campaign is an effort launched from the halls of Congress…” Its goal is to “revolutionize our nation’s approach to six issues where special interests have blocked progress for too long: drug policy, education, food policy, immigration, internet freedom and LGBT equality. This campaign was conceived by Congressman Jared Polis of Colorado.” Teaming with Polis on the effort to “revolutionize” American immigration policy is none other than fellow Congressman Luis Gutierrez (D-Ill.) who characterizes enforcement of U.S. immigration laws as “traumatic to the families it rips apart” and “a total affront to the values our country was founded on.”...Read More
Last month, President Obama stood at the border in El Paso, Texas, and mocked those who are concerned that America’s borders are not being adequately protected. The president assured us that our borders are secure and condescendingly joked that his critics will not be satisfied until he builds a moat and fills it with alligators. The family of Houston Police Officer Kevin Will is not laughing, and neither should anyone else. Officer Will was killed on a Houston freeway last week by an illegal alien who was driving while intoxicated. But that’s not all. According to prosecutors, Officer Will’s alleged killer was a member of the notorious MS-13 gang. The suspect, Johoan Rodriguez is also an illegal alien who was twice deported from the United States. And yet, Rodriguez, a known gang member, seemed to have had little trouble getting back into the United States. No, Mr. President, we don’t need a moat filled with alligators, and we certainly don’t need your condescension. What we need is a government that takes its responsibility to secure our borders and protect the American people seriously....Read More