Grumpy Opinions has this story today of ten Immigration and Customs (ICE) Agents suing Homeland Security Secretary, Janet Napolitano and ICE Director John Morton. Morton and his assistant, Phyllis Coven received a vote of ‘NO CONFIDENCE’ by 7,000 agents (that’s SEVEN THOUSAND) in June 2010. We have some in our Government to whom their “oath” to protect and defend the Constitution actually means they WILL protect and defend the Constitution. Note in their lawsuit they say this:
“This Directive not only circumvents Congress, it also infringes on the plaintiffs’ ability to fulfill the oath they made to uphold the laws of this country.
You’ve heard that ICE Agents who do not comply with Obama’s illegal and unconstitutional orders will be disciplined. The National ICE Council is asking for us to support the agents:
ICE Union leadership has issued a national petition asking Americans to support ICE Agents and Officers nationwide who are now under threat of disciplinary action, up to and including the loss of their jobs and retirements, simply for attempting to enforce federal laws. The Administration’s claims that ICE agents would have more “discretion” under the President’s new immigration policies were false. ICE agents are now under orders to ignore the law as well as threats to public safety and fraud; those officers who refuse to follow the Administration’s unlawful orders by making arrests will be disciplined and lose their jobs, as well as the ability to support their families. Source: Read it here.
During his time in office Barack Obama has repeatedly abused power the Office of the President does not legally or Constitutionally possess. He has made a mockery out of the Constitution. The two people primarily charged with protecting the United States from an out-of-control chief executive, John Boehner and Harry Reid have stood by and watched.
Immigration Customs Enforcement agents have decided they can no longer tolerate the abuses that that affect them directly our prevent them from doing their sworn duty.
Today they filed suit against Department of Homeland Security Sec. Janet Napolitano because they consider the Constitution of the United States in their personal oath of office more important that Obama and Napolitano’s self-centered political agenda. Do whatever you can to give these people the support they deserve. Source: Grumpy Opinions
WASHINGTON, D.C., August 23, 2012 – Ten officers and agents for United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) including ICE Agents Union President Chris Crane, today filed a lawsuit against Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Director John Morton challenging the Obama Administration’s deferred action Directive and associated Prosecutorial Discretion Memorandum that prevent ICE officers, employees, and agents from fulfilling their sworn oath to uphold the law and defend the US Constitution.
The Directive and the earlier memorandum instruct ICE officers to refrain from placing certain aliens who are unlawfully present in the United States into removal proceedings…
“Both the Directive and memorandum command our agents to violate federal law and our oaths to uphold federal law. We are federal law enforcement officers who are being ordered to break the law. This directive puts ICE agents and officers in a horrible position,” said Chris Crane, veteran ICE agent and President of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council.
“The Directive is an extension of the DREAM Act, which was rejected by Congress, and aims to grant an amnesty to 1.7 million illegal aliens. It violates federal immigration laws that require certain aliens to be placed in removal proceedings, it violates the Administrative Procedure Act, and it encroaches upon the legislative powers of Congress as defined in Article I of the United States Constitution,” said Kris Kobach, the attorney representing the plaintiffs.
“… Fortunately during this long period of high unemployment, Congress has refused to add further competition through amnesties that would give millions of illegal aliens access to the legal U.S. job market. The Napolitano amnesty directive does the opposite. If immigration agents are not allowed to enforce the laws as decided by Congress, the wages and jobs of American workers are at risk,” said Beck.
“This Directive not only circumvents Congress, it also infringes on the plaintiffs’ ability to fulfill the oath they made to uphold the laws of this country. The plaintiffs seek to prevent law enforcement officers from being forced to either violate federal law if they comply with the Directive or risk adverse employment action if they disobey the unlawful orders of the DHS Secretary,” said Kobach.
In the meantime, Senate Republicans have sent a letter to Napolitano asking the obvious: why is she giving illegal aliens welfare, food stamps, housing benefits and immunity from deportation (that’s the short list). She is not answering the letter. No big surprise. As I said a couple of weeks ago, asking “WHY” is ridiculous: It’s is unlawful, we demand Homeland Security cease and desist NOW, and use the U.S. Constitution to do so.
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