The difference between Republicans and Democrats:
Democrats LOVE laws, they love to write and pass them at the drop of a hat, but they HATE enforcing them.
Republicans HATE laws and want as few on the books as possible but, once they are passed, DEMAND that the be enforced to the letter of the law.
This classic dilemma is being played out today with President Obama's new "guidelines" to the Immigration and Customs Enforcement. He has basically done what most Democrats always do, ask law enforcement officers or the courts to ignore and not enforce the law.
First it's important to point out that I like and support the DREAM ACT and feel we need a reasonable way to deal with immigration in this country. Certainly we should not punish children who were forced to come to the United States by their parents when they were children or even infants.
President Obama feels it would be impossible to pass such a law through Congress, so his answer is..... just don't enforce existing laws.
This is a double dilemma because the President is charged with the enforcement of this law. At a different time there might be calls for his Impeachment over this gross failure to fulfill his duties, However, the election is just days away and the public will get the ultimate decision on Obama's actions.
But the second of the double dilemma's is more serious. His directives are so lax and so unclear it is causing a major, extremely negative, reaction among ICE agents. They are being forbidden from doing their job, even when their lives are in danger.
Basically, all illegals who are not wanted for serious crimes as simply being set free, regardless of age or situation. ICE agents are being fined, suspended ofr doing what was, until a few weeks ago, their jobs.
Here is a snippet from a longer report from Todd Starnes: ICE Agents: Morale is in the Toilet
Morale among Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents is at an all-time low more than a month after the Obama administration announced major changes to the nation’s immigration enforcement policy, according to the head of a national agency representing thousands of agents.
“Morale is in the toilet right now,” said Chris Crane, president of the National ICE Council. “Most of the guys out in the field are just in an uproar.” President Obama’s policy allows the federal government to use “prosecutorial discretion” to allow younger illegal immigrants to stay in the country and get work permits.
Critics called it backdoor amnesty, but the administration said it stops short of granting illegals citizenship.
“They call it discretion but it’s not our discretion,” Crane told Fox News. “We have no discretion.” Crane said a case involving a veteran ICE agent is a perfect illustration. The agent arrested an illegal who was not a “primary target.” The agent’s superior officers ordered the illegal released – even though he did not meet the criteria listed by the Dept. of Homeland Security. The officer refused to follow orders and is now facing a three day suspension.
The 35-year-old illegal immigrant with ten traffic violations was released.The problem is that we have a President who is legislatively incompetent and lacks basic leadership skills. The back door is always the President's favorite door. He can't work with Congress. He has no idea how our Government works, even after four rather horrific years.
I'm concerned his second term will not be any better.
We need fair laws and clear, strong, impartial enforcement. We need the best of both Republicans and Democrats.
UPDATE 8/4/2012: John Nolte is married to a legal immigrant from Mexico and supports The Dream Act and also supports an improved and streamlined path to legal immigration.
But John joins me in condemning President Obama for his failure to enforce the law and Obama's failure to seek a legislative solution to this problem, in spite of overwhelming public support. Read his passionate essay here: $465 FOR AMNESTY: OBAMA TO MAKE ILLEGALS LEGAL BEFORE ELECTION DAY