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ICE Chief says he may not enforce immigration law

Do you know John Morton?  He’s the chief of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Note the last word in his agency’s name.  Enforcement.

That’s his job.  Yet he says:

Echoing comments by President Barack Obama and others in the administration, Morton said that Arizona’s new law targeting illegal immigration is not “good government.” The law makes it a crime to be in the state illegally and requires police to check suspects for immigration paperwork.

Morton said his agency will not necessarily process illegal immigrants referred to them by Arizona officials. The best way to reduce illegal immigration is through a comprehensive federal approach, not a patchwork of state laws, he said.

“I don’t think the Arizona law, or laws like it, are the solution,” Morton said.

It really doesn’t matter what you think, does it Mr. Morton – your job is to enforce the federal laws against illegal immigration.  And if a state sends you “illegal immigrants” which it has rounded up, I don’t believe you should have or do have any other choice but to “process” them.



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40 Responses to ICE Chief says he may not enforce immigration law

  • That is a big ROD-JOR, Bruce.  And states would have standing in court to compel performance…to say nothing of the political atmospherics of such an amazing attitude.  This crap needs to be given some air play…LOTS…!
    Who is this punk to say what is and is not “good government”…especially given who he works for?!?!?

  • John Morton should resign if he is incapable or unwilling to uphold current federal law.

  • Catapults.

  • Why do we even have a Congress then?

  • I don’t think the tax laws are “good government”, can I refuse to pay?

    Oh, following the law is for the little people.

    • Ah, you beat me to it!

      But this business of nullification really has potential.  If Morton can just declare that a law is “no good government” and therefore that they will not follow it, then can we all do it?  What if some of the states stop cooperating with the feds on various matters?  Come to think of it, sanctuary cities are already doing exactly that.

      On a related note, the left likes to jeer at the Tea Party, falsely accusing them of being essentially anarchists: “They don’t want ANY government!” But is it not the left that has DEMONSTRATED anarchical behavior?  From sanctuary cities to Morton saying that he won’t do his job to the lefties in Congress ignoring their own laws (PAY-GO leaps to mind) the left has no use for government or law… unless THEY are in control and using those things as cudgel against their political opponents.

  • Morton, taking his lead from his ignorant, opinionated boss.

  • I am guessing that he’s just bluffing, the idea being to continue to pile the pressure on Arizona.  I don’t think that the administration is concerned with whether or not SB1070 is unconstitutional, and I bet they feel that it isn’t.  So if they can use political pressure to force AZ to rescind the law, they can generate some momentum for immigration reform.  On the other hand, if AZ stands fast, attempts at immigration reform will be dead before they even get off the ground, since opinion polls indicate that most Americans agree with AZ.
    Expect the pressure to continue to mount.  Considering that so far, the attempts have been embarrassing for those making them (LA’s boycott, which didn’t extend to power generation… the admission from the AG and from Napolitano that they have no read the bill… etc).  If this continues, the biggest factor in killing any attempt at immigration reform will have been the Obama administration’s efforts at getting AZ to overturn SB1070.

  • … makes it a crime to be in the state illegally …

    The mind boggles.

  • Could someone help  me out. What the next logical step to take is, when your pRESIDENT refuses to obey the law? (i.e. protect and defend the Constitution and ALL the laws of the land that office requires) Let me spell it out: E-v-i-c-t-i-o-n-!

    • No.  When the president (or anybody else) refuses to obey the law, the steps are simple and should be universally followed:

      — Indictment

      — Prosecution

      — Conviction

      — Punishment

      NOBODY should be above the law.  NOBODY should be able to say with impunity, “Eh, I don’t like that law, so I’m not going to obey it.”

      Neo says above that Morton should resign.  I disagree: he should be fired immediately.  How DARE an official of the federal government say that, because a law is “bad” in his opinion, he will not uphold it???

      • What happens the 1st time a General basically says the same thing? “I don’t think this policy is a good one so I’m not gonna follow it”

        • It depends.  I think that, had a general refused an order by the eeeeevil Bush to deploy his troops to Iraq, he would have been feted on the left as a true patriot, the sort of man that we NEED in the armed forces (remember how some lefties were ranting that the military should arrest and court martial Bush)?  However, if a general refuses an order from Imeme… WELL!!!  A court martial would be too good for him!  Civilian control of the military MUST be maintained!  How DARE an officer in the military disobey an order!!!  OFF WITH HIS HEAD!!!

          It’s as I wrote: libs have no use for the law except as a cudgel to beat down their opponents.

    • Morton did not spell out what he was suggesting.  If he meant that he’d instruct agents to allow aliens incarcerated by Arizona to simply walk out after discharging their sentence, he’d be complicit in committing another offense in Arizona, and would also be committing an assertive act in violation of his office and the Federal law.
      He would also be committing political suicide by proxy, with Obama being the target.

  • Illegal immigration is a felony. US Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief  should enforce the federal laws against illegal immigration.

  • Obama is not content to ignore our statutory law…
    He’s mandating that we ignore the laws of physics, too

    • A memorial site?  I know I’m getting ahead of myself, but you don’t gun down law enforcement officers and expect that people are going to chalk it up to a misunderstanding and let you off.
      That’s a place you just don’t come back from.
      The fact that the first pair of law enforcement officers are both deceased as a result of their encounter with these two only adds to my doubts as to their innocence and good ‘Christian’ intentions.

      • There appear to be pretty strong indications that these two humanitarians were white supremacists.  Still early days, but there was a lot in the piece I cited to that suggested these were nuts.  I’m still thinking drug transport, but that is surmise.

  • Can he be compelled by writ of mandamus.
    Can he be sued for Malfeasance and misfeasance?
    He is a law enforcement officer—so enforce the law otherwise let’s all just acknowledge we have anarchy.  If anarchy then why have a government?

    • As I noted earlier, states would have standing to sue Mortion or Nappy Jan in Federal Dist. court to compel performance, I think.  I’m not a federal specialist, but I think that is well-founded.  There might even be some process in Arizona state courts, based on the new law, but I’d have to pick through that more than a bit.

  • What the hell does he mean “he may not enforce immigration law” they are not doing it now which forced Arizona to pass the law.
    He should be fired immediately along with anyone else in this administration who is unwilling to follow the law.  Would that move Nancy Pelosi to president?

  • Fire him if he doesn’t want to do his job. Ridiculous.  Is this the damn Twilight Zone or something?  Nobody elected this hippy to run his own supreme court.  Enforce the law, do your job or get out.

  • Okay  some clarification then….from Janet Reno “I am NOT  a Bozo, I’m an Etruscan dancer….”  Napolitano.
    “Meanwhile, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano said ICE is not obligated to process illegal immigrants referred to them by Arizona authorities.
    “ICE has the legal discretion to accept or not to accept persons delivered to it by non-federal personnel,” Napolitano said. “It also has the discretion to deport or not to deport persons delivered to it by any government agents, even its own.”
    So there you go, presented with illegals they’ll just, uh, turn them loose I guess.  My my my, how adult we’re all acting.   The conferences were followed by Napolitano and Morton threatening to hold their breath till they turned blue, and possibly yelling very loudly in an effort to embarrass Arizona in front of the other K-Mart shoppers.

    • Well, that sort of gives the lie to the meme that Arizona-like laws are too expensive in terms of good policing.  The alien is taken off the street, fined, jailed…than handed in a nice warm package to the ICE people.  If they then let them walk, that is PAST inefficient…it is downright irresponsible.  I wanna see a good TV production on this phenomenon.

    • What they may be planning is to overflow the Arizona holding facilities by refusing to take these people into ICE custody.    Then complain at the Federal level that the Arizona facilities are overcrowded and a rights violation.
      Not to mention the cost of incarceration, so that’s going to factor in too.  So their refusal to take them is a two-fer hit on Arizona if they’re planning to offload the illegals.
      Question then, how does ICE determine which illegals it will take in?  Or does it just as a general rule refuse to take ANY that have been arrested in Arizona once the law is passed.
      If I was Joe Arpaio I’d be calling the Governor to offer lessons in constructing tent cities.

      • looker[H]ow does ICE determine which illegals it will take in? 

        An excellent question that I’m sure nobody in MiniTru will ask JaNo.  My bet is that there is NO statutory power for ICE to refuse to accept illegals handed over to them, any more than a police chief can claim that his officers have “legal discretion” to refuse to arrest suspects, serve subpoenas or execute warrants.

        lookerIf I was Joe Arpaio I’d be calling the Governor to offer lessons in constructing tent cities.

        If I was Jan Brewer, I’d be looking to arrest some ICE officers.  I’m not a lawyer, but it seems to me that an ICE officer who refuses to take custody of an illegal immigrant is in fact conspiring to violate AZ’s new law (and, for that matter) federal law, and can be charged under 13-1003 (Conspiracy) and 13-1004 (Facilitation) of the Arizona Revised Statutes.  There are probably other charges that might be brought.  It would certainly get DC’s attention.  For that matter, perhaps AZ can take a leaf from furrin’ playbooks: just as certain foreign courts threatened to arrest and try American officials in connection the the war in Iraq, so AZ could put out warrants for Morton, JaNo, and even Imeme: their refusal to enforce federal law amounts to a conspiracy to break AZ state law.

        Now THAT would be interesting.  Stupid, but interesting.

  • With Bush we had a public that didn’t want to acknowledge George Bush as their President because they didn’t like his politics. 

    In Barack Obama, we now have a President and administration that won’t acknowledge their responsibility to citizens because they don’t like their politics. 

    There’s an ultimately ugly outcome to playing that kind of game if it escalates.  The side of the political isle that is playing that game, do they think they’d be the winners of a civil war?

  • Put all the illegals on a bus.  Put a sign on it that says “ILLEGAL EXPRESs”  and bus them to DC and drop them off in front of the White House.    Obama wants them here let him deal with them.

    • I’d drop them off on the Arizona side of the California state line, point them west and tell them via con Dios.

    • Check for grandmas, kids, etc. remove those. Only surly looking males, hopefully with a criminal past.
      Deliver them to Democratic senators homes for sanctuary.

  • If you rat out the guy net door to the IRS for not buying Obamacare, will they process that?

  • ugh, “next” door…

  • I think this is wonderful…AZ  is getting what it deserve…whether they detain in a facility or incarcerate ..this is about to cost Arizona’s citizens quite a bit of money…good for John Morton

  • its BALLA CON DIOS. a will love to see you all working out in the sun and cleaning all your shit..  Everyone  that works here are paying taxes. and since the dn’t have a social guess who gets their money.?  all you lazy people getting food stamp.  at least we pay for our food,!  

    • Hey, yeah, you’re right, before you showed up amigo, no one cleaned the shit, we just let it sit there.

       And we didn’t do anything, just sat around all day lamenting we had to work, I keep hearing only illegal immigrants actually do hard work.   Amazing we got anywhere before 1995 or so.  Good that you came to wait on us even if we didn’t ASK you to show up.

      But life must still be decent for you eh? PC to use, Internet connection,  time to scope out people bitching about illegals after a hard day of cleaning up their shit. 

      You go home, suddenly we’ll have to clean our own shit again, and you won’t have to complain about us complaining about you any more.  We won’t have you to kick around.  Sounds good no?   If you’re from Mexico maybe you can work on making your country more open to illegals instead of acting like racists and putting them in jail or deporting them. 

  • It all boils down to no one wanting to do the job they are paid to do. The only state concerned with doing their job and with  illegal immingration seems to be Arizona. Rightfully so. Considering all the illegals in Arizona , once they are deported back to their home countries will save millions in state assistance, health care, free school lunches and so on. I only wish the rest of the United States would follow suit.
    After all, there is the 287(g) immigration agreement which “authorizes the Federal Government to enter into agreements with state and local law enforcement agencies, permitting designated officers to perform immigration law enforcement functions, pursuant to a Memorandum of Agreement (MOA), provided that the local law enforcement officers receive appropriate training and function under the supervision of sworn U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers. Under 287(g), ICE provides state and local law enforcement with the training and subsequent authorization to identify, process, and when appropriate, detain immigration offenders they encounter during their regular, daily law-enforcement activity.”

    What have you got to say now, Morton??? Do your freaking job or get fired!!!