President Barack Obama’s policies have produced a disaster on the U.S. southern border as thousands from Central America and Mexico pour across. Although some media appear surprised, this outcome was entirely predictable.
As early as 2012, the National ICE Council noted Obama’s “extremist approach to limiting immigration enforcement.” The Council used that description in a public statement warning Americans about changes obstructing enforcement of federal laws.
The Council gave one example showing just how “extremist” the president’s policies are.
An illegal had assaulted a family member who phoned authorities. The same alien then assaulted an ICE officer who then needed medical treatment. Higher-ups at ICE decided to simply release the illegal because of Obama’s policy.
Even before that incident, ICE officers had testified before Congress in June, 2010. The Council representing approximately 7,000 ICE officers, agents, and employees formally issued a unanimous vote of no confidence in ICE leadership—“the agency had abandoned its core mission of enforcing U.S. immigration law and providing for public safety, as it instead focused on enforcement reduction through amnesty related changes to U.S. immigration policy and law.”
Congress did not legislate the changes to immigration policy and law. Obama did that from the White House in a clear example of subverting laws passed by Congress. It is also presumed the president did it as a gift to the so-called “hispanic” community, his top priority since his first election. No other group has received the attention that demographic has received purely for political purposes.
Another hearing will be held by the House Judiciary Committee in Washington on June 25 at 2 p.m., “An Administration Made Disaster: The South Texas Border Surge of Unaccompanied Alien Minors.” Chris Crane, president of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council 118, has already submitted his opening statement.
Crane represents front line workers who are among the top experts on border security and the migrants who come to the U.S. for a variety of reasons. Like many Americans, the ICE Council knows upholding federal law is vital:
“Before Congress can begin discussing changes to U.S. immigration law related to legalization or ‘amnesty’ on any scale, it must first ensure that the appropriate enforcement safeguards are in place.”
There’s no doubt in Crane’s mind what caused the current border crisis:
“Reports from ICE officers and agents on the ground in the Rio Grande Valley serve to corroborate leaked Border Patrol intelligence reports indicating that the majority of individuals illegally entering the United States are motivated more by rumors of amnesty, than the situation in their respective countries. Many news reporters have confirmed this information by way of their own interviews.”
Meanwhile, the Associated Press found a complete lack of transparency in the administration, reporting authorities had “released into the U.S. an untold number of immigrant families caught traveling illegally from Central America in recent months — and although the government knows how many it’s released, it won’t say publicly.”
Although Obama implies the border crisis was unexpected, that isn’t the case, evidenced by a January, 2014 call for bids from the Dept. of Homeland Security seeking workers to help deal with “65,000” unaccompanied minors expected to cross.
An analysis at Red State suggests the White House planned the “crisis” well in advance.
Crane believes the only way to deal with the crisis is to “aggressively enforce our immigration laws and quickly remove those who enter the country illegally.”
Instead, Obama chose to ignite even more interest in a particular voting bloc by holding teleconferences in Spanish to explain deferred action and other amnesty changes he legislated without Congress.
It’s also necessary to reconfigure funding. Despite the obvious need for more officers, the Obama administration chose to lavish taxpayer money on feel good activities and plants and paint at detention centers.
While politicians, racialist groups, and predatory employers urge upping immigration numbers despite still-troubling unemployment figures, most Americans are aware such interests are aiming at dirt cheap labor and increased power via a captive voting bloc.
The president’s “extremist approach” is not his alone; that approach belongs to Democrats controlling the party at present, and controlling most of the power in the U.S. government as well. The results of this governance have produced a number of disasters including the current crisis on the border.
The border “crisis”is a result of failed domestic and foreign policy by Democrats who have controlled the majority of power in the federal government since the midterm elections of 2006.
Featured Photo: The Obama administration held a series of teleconferences only in Spanish to explain changes the president made to immigration law without Congress’ approval. Terms like “Provisional Unlawful Presence Waiver” and “Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals” are magnets for illegal aliens and the policy changes are technically illegal. The executive branch cannot legitimately write and enact legislation.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/June 25, 2014)
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