This Date in Obama’s Administrative Amnesty: June 23, 2011

This Date in Obama's Administrative AmnestyThree years ago on this date, the President of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council, a union which represents approximately 7,000 ICE agents, officers and employees, criticized a memo issued by former ICE Director John Morton.

On June 23, 2011, Chris Crane, the National ICE Council President, issued a press release declaring that the June 17, 2011 Morton memo was “aimed at stopping the enforcement of U.S. immigration laws in the United States.” Furthermore, Crane said, “Unable to pass its immigration agenda through legislation, the Administration is now implementing it through agency policy.”

Not only did the substance of the memo (see FAIR’s last This Date blog) concern ICE officers, but the way it became ICE policy was questioned. Crane said, “it was all kept secret from us, we found out from the newspapers. ICE worked hand-in-hand with immigrants’ rights groups, but excluded its own officers.”

Just weeks earlier, the membership of the ICE union cast a vote of no confidence in Morton and the agency’s leadership. The ICE officers declared that Morton had “abandoned the Agency’s core mission of enforcing United States Immigration Laws and providing for public safety.” The vote was prompted by a previous memo which also had weakened enforcement.

Despite the ICE union expressing its concerns, the Obama Administration would continue to issue further policy directives that like these first two “Morton Memos” further relaxed immigration laws without the involvement of the law enforcement.

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  1. avatar

    An Associated Press story from yesterday found that “fewer than 2000″ minors were returned to their home countries last year. The story also said this: ” ‘ They almost never go home’ said Gary Mead, who until last year was director of the ICE office responsible for finding and removing immigrants living in the country”.

    This directly contradicts the White House line that it’s a “perception” they will be allowed to stay. The perception is reality. And then Joe Biden went to these countries last week and says on one hand it’s not automatic you get to stay, and then on the other hand saying in effect be sure to claim you’re fleeing violence and we will give you a lawyer.

    This policy did not start with this administration, but it’s been worsened by the constant weakening of our immigration laws and praising those who are here illegally. We can hand over our country or we can stop doing this. It’s the same situation that European countries are in with illegals from Africa. Large parts of this world are dysfunctional and we can’t make up for that. Look at Syria and Iraq. Chaos that has produced many millions of refugees and they are doing it to themselves. Unfortunate for the thinking rational minority, but they are not the majority who are attracted to dictators and religious fanaticism.