Obama Admin Keeps Illegal Alien Position After Congress Cuts It

ICECongress eliminated the position of public advocate for U.S. Immigration & Customs Enforcement in March, but the Obama administration kept the position filled by simply changing the title for staffer Andrew Lorenzen-Strait. The position was changed from “Public Advocate” to “Deputy Assistant Director of Custody Programs and Community Outreach,” according to a report from Fox News.

President Obama signed H.R.  933 the “Consolidated and Further Continuing Appropriations Act of 2013,” legislation on March 26, 2013 to fund the federal government through the end of the fiscal year, which ends on September 30.  Section 567 of the Act reads, “None of the funds made available by this Act may be used to provide funding for the position of Public Advocate within U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”

Created in February 2012, the Public Advocate’s job was to serve as a point of contact for aliens in removal proceedings, community and advocacy groups, and others who have concerns, questions, recommendations or other issues they would like to raise about the Administration’s executive amnesty efforts.

Representative Diane Black (R-TN), the Congresswoman responsible for getting the language to gut the Public Advocate position into the FY2013 funding bill, called the Administration’s move in reinstating the post under a new name a waste of taxpayer dollars:

Using taxpayer dollars to fund a position whose primary purpose is to advocate on behalf of individuals who have broken our laws and entered our country illegally is ridiculous and certainly a waste of precious taxpayers’ money. This is why language was inserted into the Continuing Resolution that was passed through the House and the Senate and signed into law last March that defunds the Public Advocate position.

Fox News also reported that Black considered this an abuse of power from the administration:

Black said the administration is “setting a dangerous precedent by breaking the very law he signed, and this kind of abuse of power will only undermine his agenda by destroying his credibility with Congress and the American people.”


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  1. avatar

    I’m curious. What is the phone number for this Non-Public Advocate?
    It seems to me that it would not be too hard for a dedicated group of individuals to tie up the phone lines and make his job moot.
    If everyone who reads this blog, called the number several times a day, we might be able to do what congress can’t.
    Call it a phone DDNS attack. 😉

    • avatar

      I prefer the Chicago Way, like what happened to Obama’s Shlomo Boyfriends: READ LArrY SINCLAIRS BOOK.
      and What happened to Donald Young, Nathan Spencer, LT Quarrels Harris and many more….

  2. avatar

    It’s important to note that it’s the same person and job description. They simply changed his title. More proof that this administration regards immigration law as a mere inconvenience to be ignored or changed by executive order. Obviously when the president got away with unilaterally ordering the Dream Act provisions he said he had no power to order, which was true, he just keeps on going.