Thursday, August 23, 2012, 12:03 PM EDT
ICE AGENTS FILE SUIT AGAINST JANET NAPOLITANO
Agents Reject Order to Violate the Law and Their Oath to Defend the Constitution
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. The Directive further instructs officers to take actions to facilitate the granting of deferred action to aliens who are unlawfully present in the United States. The Directive, entitled “Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion with Respect to Individuals Who Came to the United States as Children,” also directs DHS personnel to grant employment authorization to certain beneficiaries of the Directive.
“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.
"Any threat of harm to our nation's immigration officers for enforcing the law is a threat against the livelihoods of average American workers," said Roy Beck of NumbersUSA, the organization that is underwriting the suit. "Congress passes laws to determine how many and which citizens of other countries are allowed to enter U.S. job markets to compete with American workers. 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.
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Finally........the unconstitutional amnesty order by DHS is being challenged in court.........another take-down against DHS and the Obama cabal of criminals.
I'am so proud of the ICE agents for doing this! I live in California, and we now have open borders! What kind of criminals are coming across?
I am so tickled; I don’t care if they succeed or not because they have stepped up. Maybe others will reach down and find their own balls too.
By way of information; This suit is NOT being funded by the ICE Agents or the Union representing them. It is being funded by NumbersUSA, its members and supporters. If you would like to help with the funding Google, NumbersUSA, and you can read the whole story there.
Correct Clarence..........I have the Numbers URL at the top of the page.........
I am proud of these guys and pray our military will also support the constitution if it and when it becomes necessary.
"ironbelly"? I gotta know the story behind that one. Separate discussion though, obey the rules...lol
Amen! It is great to see the law enforcement officials stand up and say that they wish to obey their oaths to enforce the law. This regime of liars and thieves needs to be told in no uncertain terms that they are not allowed to change laws to their liking in the executive branch. Slap them upside their head again and again!
I've been trying to keep commentary down on all of Government takeover articles. As Ronald Reagan said "Trust but verify"... I believe there are many more "Patriots" that will put Country before "Despot". And we must all agree that the bloodless way to handle all of this is through the snakes of the legal system, to be able to buy time. I am not giving up my faith in my Marine Brothers and Sisters and other Military "Pats" that understand their oaths. I am keeping faith that the more this Administration screw up, the more people are going to say "ENOUGH!" and will vote accordingly.
"Judge not according to the appearance, but judge righteous judgment."
We must keep our prayers going and remain faithful in our Lord's plans. If you don't keep faith and a positive outlook the negativity will begin to consume you.
Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis
Good post Snowman8wa, and sound logic.
Thank you Brother,
I to am guilty of spouting off from the hip on certain issues near and dear to my heart; but we must make sure we think with our brains and not our hearts. The heart will lead you astray every time, leading to responses accordingly.
As YOU know, I am on Vision to America, Political Outcast, Conservative Byte, Patriot Byte through DISQUS (for anybody that would like to "VET" me...or my past posts) I deal with or choose to ignore such comments daily; some, you just cannot pass up and I try to shed some vision of "reality" into their thought process....I find that seeking guidance from God's word usually works as they cannot sucessfully dispute our Lord.
Later Brother....keep the Faith!
Semper Vigilo, Fortis, Paratus et Fidelis