American Elephants

ICE Agents Sue For The Right to Enforce the Law They Have Sworn to Uphold by The Elephant's Child

When in the 2010 election, Republicans took over the House of Representatives, President Obama could have worked more closely with Congress to accomplish more bipartisan legislation. Not his thing. Obama blames Congress regularly for not passing the bills that he wants passed, but he has no interest whatsoever in working with Congress to get it done. He does not like disagreement, particularly from Republicans for whom he has no respect. He really doesn’t get the two parties thing. Republicans are the enemy.

So, if he can’t get what he wants through Congress, he uses regulatory fiat as a substitute for enacting laws. That this is in direct conflict with the separation of powers outlined in the Constitution makes no difference. He has no respect for the separation of powers, it is just another annoying impediment to getting his own way. This is where the Imperial Presidency label comes from.

Obama has wanted to pass the “Dream Act” as he is urged to do by the activist Latino organizations. Election, Hispanic votes, no-brainer. It is a more complicated problem than pandering to potential voters. Many illegal immigrants brought their small children with them to this country. The kids have gone to American schools, and grown up in this country. They are illegal, and according to the law, should be sent back to their country of origin. Everybody feels sorry for the kids. “Through no fault of their own” is the standard phrase. But if you keep jiggling the law to allow those who are not here legally to stay, then we have no laws. It becomes an incentive for more to cross the border illegally with their kids, who we then would be expected to appreciates “through no fault of their own” and let them stay too. The obvious remedy is to reform immigration laws. Congress refused to pass the “Dream Act.”

The President tried to go around Congress with a regulation that Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)  officials should just not enforce immigration laws against anyone under 30, in a Homeland Security order this month. This mimics the provisions of the Dream Act — the failed bill that Obama favored as a back-door amnesty gambit. That’s why it didn’t pass. Nor did Obama want to do the hard work of coming up with a solution.

Arizona was the first to step forward because they have an enormous problem and want to be accountable.

Ten Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents have filed a lawsuit in federal court, suing for the right to enforce the laws that they have sworn to uphold. ICE agents have a big job. There is a constant flow of border-crossers, drugs, sex-trafficking, terrorists, weapons. It is not an easy job.  ICE removed a record 216,000 criminal aliens in fiscal 2011.  Politicians unnecessarily make their work much more difficult because of the potential votes of Hispanic citizens and non-citizens.

The suit was filed Thursday in Texas federal court, by ten ICE Agents. It challenges recent directives allowing some illegal immigrants, especially non-felons and those who came as children — to stay, in some cases to get work permits, and unfortunately vote.

We need to reform our immigration laws with an eye to what kind of immigration we want, what kind of immigration will be most valuable to the country. Graduate students from abroad get PhDs from American universities, and we then send them on home. There are programs especially in Asian countries that help wealthy pregnant women to come to America to deliver their babies so they can provide them with American citizenship. We need serious bi-partisan work, hard work, to reform the laws and stop the constant political infighting over potential Democrat Hispanic voters.


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