The Obama Regime plan to end immigration enforcement continues apace. John Morton, the new head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who, by the way, has never made an arrest or received any law enforcement training, stated that the new ICE enforcement strategy of concentrating on employers rather than illegal aliens is developing. http://www.azstarnet.com/metro/296052 (h/t American Patrol http://www.americanpatrol.com/)
However, he gave a less than ringing endorsement of E-Verify, the program in place that can provide the only evidence that an employer is following the rules:
"Would you like to see E-Verify, the employer verification system, become mandatory nationwide as it is in Arizona?
A: Some form of employment verification is a good thing and ought to be part of the government's overall work-site enforcement strategy. I want to see how E-Verify, in particular, plays out over the next year and how some of the changes and improvements being made to the program play out before settling on whether E-Verify itself in its present form is the vehicle for the future."
Apparently during his two weeks on the job, or in any of the time since he was nominated, he has not contacted any of the employees for the Department of Homeland Security who manage E-Verify to hear from them that E-Verify is fast, effective, accurate, and dependable. One would think that the head of ICE would have access to that information about a program run by ICE, but I am thinking that since he is a lawyer, he does not know his head from his ass.
He further states that he did not know if ICE is understaffed. ICE has only approximately 4,000 law enforcement officers of various ranks for approximatley 12-20 million illegal aliens in the U.S. Add to that the fact that ICE investigates violation of customs laws, internet child pornography, and responds to terrorist and natural disasters, it is readily apparent that ICE is severely understaffed. You would think someone with his experience in law enforcement...........Opps, Morton has none. He has prosecuted alot of crimes as an Assistant United States Attorney and been a Department of inJustice manager, but then he has never managed a law enforcement agency either.
So here we have it, a top DHS official doesn't know anything about the most effective weapon against illegal employment of aliens that DHS has and doesn't know that his agency is severely understaffed. That, however, is the Obama Regime plan to not enforce the immigration laws of the U.S. The Obama Regime has apparently adopted the immigration attorney lobby's plan to abolish E-Verify and replace it with an unyet designed, much less implemented system, that will duplicate what E-Verify is doing now.
The second part of the plan is to bog down ICE with long fruitless investigations into employers, while the illegal aliens remain in the U.S., either still working illegally or given work permits as part of the investigation:
" 'We are going to focus more attention on investigating and prosecuting employers, rather than starting out with simply focusing on the workers themselves," Morton said. "We have too many people knowingly hiring individuals who are not in this country lawfully.' "
However, as an attorney, not a law enforcement professional, he should know the importance of that single word, "knowingly." There, my friends, is, as the Bard said, the rub. Assistant United States Attorney's will have to prove that the employers knowingly hired illegal aliens. With the wide availability of counterfeit documents and Morton's hostility to E-Verify, then no case can be made to show that any hiring of illegals was done "knowingly."
Fruitless investigations such as the Wal-mart investigation that ended in only a fine and no criminal convictions, http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=10000103&sid=apCyBG8gQ_iA&refer=news_index, or the Yamato Engines investigation that ended with no arrests or convictions for employers and the illegal aliens released with work permits. http://www.bellinghamherald.com/102/story/851694.html (Actually the Wal-mart fines show that the old strategy of fining of employers was the best policy, if it was done agressively and frequently. However, the old INS fell down on the job and constantly reduced fines on appeal, undermining their effectiveness.)
Add to this the failure of the Obama Regime to assist on the issue of extension of authorization of E-Verify and the funding of E-Verify now before Congress and what you have is an attempt to kill E-Verify without getting the blame. http://www.numbersusa.com/content/news/june-9-2009/house-appropriations-subcommittee-offers-2-year-e-verify-extension.html
All this sound and fury is simply designed to allow aliens to remain here until the next amnesty.