John Morton, the Obama appointee charged with restricting and interfering with the enforcement of the immigration laws of the United States, has, again, issued instructions to the employees of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to stop enforcing immigration law, unless they run across Osama Bin Ladin or Meyer Lansky.
Priority l .Aliens who pose a danger to national security or a risk to public safety. The removal of aliens who pose a danger to national security or a risk to public safety shall be ICE' s highest immigration enforcement priority. These aliens include, but are not limited to:• aliens engaged in or suspected of terrorism or espionage, or who otherwise pose a danger to national security;• aliens convicted of crimes, with a particular emphasis on violent criminals, felons, and repeat offenders
Basically, ICE has nothing to do with terrorists or spies. The FBI arrests terrorists and spies. ICE might deport them after they are convicted, but ICE cannot name a single terrorist they have deported without first having been either arrested or prosecuted by the Department of Justice. As a matter of fact, potential illegal alien terrorists, basically any Muslim illegal alien or alien from a source country, are free to roam about the United States; free from any action by ICE. And their family members are also free to go on welfare, work illegally, etc. Why, because unless the FBI has arrested and the relevant United States Attorney's Office has obtained a conviction, ICE ignores illegal aliens from terrorist countries. You might all remember the registration program for illegal aliens from terrorist countries that was instituted after 9/11. The program was designed to identify, arrest, and deport said possible terrorists. However, almost all instead of being deported, they all got green cards. As you read this, illegal alien, and otherwise legal aliens, who are terrorist suspects, associates of terrorists, open sympathizers, and agents of such governments as the Islamic Republic of Iran, run free in the U.S.
Just ask ICE the number of spies and terrorists they have deported...so few they could count them on one hand, if they bothered to keep the statistics. While it is nice that ICE has the removal of terrorists as their number 1 priority, there is not alot of work in that area. The real work of ICE is the 20 million or so run-of-the-mill illegal aliens that openly and flagrantly live, receive welfare, and work in the United States.
The interesting thing is that if ICE ever found a real terrorist, they would have to turn him over to the FBI, or, to the DOD for transfer to Gitmo. In any event, why should we deport any terrorist? Shouldn't they be sent to Gitmo for extraction of any useful information?
In reality, ICE is nothing more than the old U.S. Customs Service Office of Investigations and the Investigations section of the old INS. They have a job, investigating and removing illegal aliens as well as investigating various smuggling activities. Nothing more, nothing less.
Also of interest is Morton's list of illegal aliens who are to be ignored, released, or otherwise assisted in remaining in the U.S. illegally:
-illegal alien gang members who are under age 16,
-pregnant illegal aliens,
-illegal aliens with U.S. citizen relatives,
-illegal aliens with minor children,
-illegal aliens with dependent adults,
-sick illegal aliens,
-mentally ill illegal aliens.
Furthermore, Morton anticipates an upcoming administrative amnesty:
D. Prosecutorial discretionThe rapidly increasing number of criminal aliens who may come to ICE' s attention heightens the need for ICE employees to exercise sound judgment and discretion consistent with these priorities when conducting enforcement operations, making detention decisions, making decisions about release on supervision pursuant to the Alternatives to Detention Program, and litigating cases. Particular care should be given when dealing with lawful permanent residents, juveniles, and the immediate family members of U.S. citizens. Additional guidance on prosecutorial discretion is forthcoming. In the meantime, ICE officers and attorneys should continue to be guided by the November 17,2000 prosecutorial discretion memorandum from then-INS Commissioner Doris Meissner; the October 24,2005 Memorandum from Principal Legal Advisor William Howard; and the November 7,2007 Memorandum from then Assistant Secretary Julie Myers.
It appears that Morton will be administering an amnesty outside the laws and the Constitution of the United States. Apparently aiding, abetting, assisting, and ignoring immigration law is the the work of ICE, not enforcing those laws.