A nation of laws?
That’s pretty hard to believe when you see a law enforcement agency actively attempting to pervert the law they exist to enforce.
I’m talking about ICE of course, or Immigration and Customs Enforcement – the last word in the title being the key point.
A recent draft memo from ICE’s Office of State and Local Cooperation (OSLC) is the focus of the problem. Apparently it has decided that it just isn’t going to enforce the law as written, i.e. detain and deport illegals which run afoul of law enforcement via traffic stops, thank you very much.
According to a draft policy document now being circulated among a limited group of stakeholders, ICE chief John Morton intends to prohibit not only his officers, but also local officers with 287(g) immigration authority, from busting illegal aliens who are discovered as a result of traffic violations.
Read the document as I have – that’s pretty much what it says. They will not, except in specifically listed exceptions, issue a detainer and take into custody illegal aliens who only violate traffic laws.
They tell you that in writing. No attempt to avoid the fact that they’re simply deciding what they will and won’t enforce when it comes to the letter of the law. They’re just not going to do it.
You know, just like the DoJ decided not to enforce the laws about voter intimidation when it dropped the charges against the Philly Black Panthers caught on video tape in the act.
Apparently, the law is only for the little people and those who aren’t a favored group of the present administration and its political appointees and cronies.
Whatever side you come down on in the immigration debate, ignoring the law is not what federal agencies charged with enforcement should be deciding. That’s for the people and Congress. If enough of us don’t like a law, we’ll pressure Congress to change that law. If the law is unconstitutional, the courts will take care of it. That’s how the system works.
But law enforcement agencies don’t have that option, and the decision to do this, should that be the case and this becomes official ICE policy, is grounds for summary dismissal of the head of ICE and those associated with OSLC.