Union representatives for Immigration and Customs Enforcement and the Border Patrol are claiming leadership and management is requiring line officers to release – without charges – illegal aliens who may fall into the DREAM-Act category. As usual, law enforcement can’t ask for any papers, even after they have been arrested for crimes.
As a reminder, the DREAM Act is not law, the
president King Obama just made it up and implemented it.
If you add up the following charges, you would think this person would qualify to be deported or at least charged. Within a couple of days, an illegal alien (strike 1) in El Paso was arrested by sheriff’s deputies for what is basically domestic assault (strike 2). During the assault, he blocked the victim from calling the police for help (strike 3). He was taken into custody, and during a transfer of some sort, the guy – all 245 pound of him – tried to escape custody (strike 4), but only made it a block before he was captured. During the chase, it’s reported an ICE law enforcement officer was injured (strike 5) and is now on restricted medical duty for two weeks.
The press release from the union, which I must say I take with a grain of salt since there is obvious spin here. My emphasis is in bold.
“ICE managers didn’t even question the criminal alien but instead ordered that he immediately be released in accordance with the President’s new immigration polices stating that ICE’s mission now is to identify aliens and release them,” said [Chris] Crane [president of the National ICE Council]. “As an agency we’re just checking boxes in an effort to release everyone we can. Law enforcement, public safety and common sense are all out the window; officers are under orders to ignore the danger signs, even when they witness a possible felony assault of one of our own officers.”
Here’s a video from a Senate press conference, currently linked to from Drudge Report.
From Fox News this morning.
In a startling allegation, the president of the union representing Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers claimed illegal immigrants are “taking advantage” of a new directive allowing some undocumented residents who came to the U.S. as children to stay in the country. Union boss Chris Crane said the policy ends up allowing illegal immigrants to avoid detention without any proof — particularly so-called “dreamers,” or those illegal immigrants who would benefit under the “DREAM Act” proposal, which Congress has not passed but the administration has partially implemented.
“Prosecutorial discretion for dreamers is solely based on the individual’s claims. Our orders are if an alien says they went to high school, then let them go,” he said at a press conference with GOP senators. “Officers have been told that there is no burden for the alien to prove anything. … At this point we don’t even know why DHS has criteria at all, as there is no requirement or burden to prove anything on the part of the alien.
“We believe that significant numbers of people who are not dreamers are taking advantage of this practice to avoid arrest,” he said.
What I get out of this is that a suspected illegal alien who beats up a family member and prevents them from calling for help is being treated very differently than an American resident who does the same. So much so, their get-out-of-prosecution-and-jail card is the statement “I went to high school”.
What a genius policy for the Obama administration. Now we have ICE agents and Border Patrol officers risking their lives on a daily basis only to wonder if some mid-level manager in the Department of Justice will demand the people they caught be immediately released without question.
Now that’s great leadership!