The Weekly Standard February 25, 2015 by Daniel Halper
R. DIAZ-BALART: But what are the consequences? Because how do you ensure that ICE agents or Border Patrol won’t be deporting people like this? I mean, what are the consequences.
THE PRESIDENT: José, look, the bottom line is, is that if somebody is working for ICE and there is a policy and they don’t follow the policy, there are going to be consequences to it. So I can’t speak to a specific problem. What I can talk about is what’s true in the government, generally.
In the U.S. military, when you get an order, you’re expected to follow it. It doesn't mean that everybody follows the order. If they don’t, they've got a problem. And the same is going to be true with respect to the policies that we’re putting forward.
The interesting aspect of this strange pronouncement by Barack Hussein Obama is that there must be a problem or the Regime anticipates a problem in the near future. First, this writer knows of no resistance at present to the Regime's Administrative Amnesty. U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), the component that is for the most part repossible for now not arresting illegal aliens and for releasing illegal aliens, is implementing the amnesty despite grumbling from the professionals who make up ERO. It appears that the Regime is either planning to expand the amnesty to more illegal aliens not covered by the legally deficient Department of Justice Office of Legal Counsel (DOJ OLC) opinion backing the expanded Administrative Amnesty, or, more likely, planning to order ICE ERO and other components of the DHS to defy the stay issued by a Federal judge prohibiting implementation of the recent expansion of the Administrative Amnesty. Or perhaps both.
But, importantly, the Obama Regime knows that it must overcome the fact that its orders are illegal and employees of the Federal government are statutorily prohibited from executing illegal orders, just as the military is prohibited from executing illegal orders. Moreover, Federal employees are required to perform their duties, to not do so if non-feasance, a dismissable offense.
Clearly, the Regime is worried, especially if Congress acts or courts are presented with a case of a DHS employee who is disciplined for refusing illegal orders. Something they could only get from reading the leading lights on the behind-the-scenes information on the Obama Regime Administrative Amnesty: VDare and Federale. The Obama Regime is scared and is hoping to intimidate DHS employees from fulfilling their legal obligations and not seek redress in the courts, where employees will certainly emerge victorious.