Obama to law enforcement: It’s “not smart” to go after nonviolent illegals

posted at 2:31 pm on May 14, 2014 by Allahpundit

Via CNS, if you want to be charitable, you can spin this as O simply saying that immigration enforcement is a matter for ICE, not local cops who have higher priorities. But you can’t be charitable because, as we well know, ICE isn’t doing much enforcement against nonviolent illegals either. That was the upshot of Jeff Sessions’s analysis of ICE data back in March — essentially, if you’re an illegal without a criminal record and you make it to the interior of the U.S., ICE won’t (or can’t, due to lack of resources) touch you. Most of their job nowadays has to do with catching people at the border, which is why Obama’s “deportation” stats are so ridiculously inflated. All Obama’s doing here is restating his unofficial policy. If you make it past the border and you’ve committed no crimes, you’re home free.

And even if you have committed some crimes, including homicide, kidnapping, and sexual assault, you might catch a break then too. Oddly enough, Obama doesn’t mention that here. But it’s clear he has a political problem when even Grahamnesty feels obliged to work up some canned outrage:

One of the leading Republicans pushing for amnesty in the Senate said leaked documents revealing the Obama administration has released thousand of immigrants with serious rap sheets from detention has set back efforts to pass a major immigration bill.

“This sets everything back. I don’t think many Americans want an illegal immigrant who has been convicted of a felony to stay in the country and sure as hell not released from jail,” Sen. Lindsey Graham (R-SC) told Breitbart News…

“It’s a terrible way to handle immigration,” he said. “You don’t let people out of jail who have been convicted of crimes — and these are crimes apart from violations of immigration law.”

Here’s where I start wondering again whether O’s purposely trying to tank an immigration deal. He’s held off on issuing his order to “relax” U.S. deportation policy so far, presumably because he knows it’ll give Republicans in Congress a reason to walk away from reform, but then he turns around and says something like this — on camera, at a White House function, knowing that it’ll make the rounds within conservative media and that Boehner’s caucus will notice. If you’re eager to show the other party that you’ll faithfully execute the new security measures they pass, pretty much the last thing you should do is … publicly encourage a bunch of cops to not enforce the law. And yet here we are. What now?


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And then he releases a whole bunch of criminal illegals back into the community….wonder how the cops feel about that….

crosshugger on May 14, 2014 at 4:32 PM

so what about non-violent citizen criminals? Can I stop paying my taxes? (Lets face it illegals are committing tax fraud in addition to everything else)

clement on May 14, 2014 at 5:12 PM

“Don’t arrest my party’s voters, can ya heah me Law Enfohcement Union Peeps”?

/Impeach this steaming pile of ….

Key West Reader on May 14, 2014 at 5:14 PM

“Nonviolent offenders”=identity thieves and fraudsters who steal without knives or guns, but still ruin lives and do so far more effectively than a mugger who doesn’t murder.

Asurea on May 14, 2014 at 5:20 PM

But going after some cows eating dead grass is a smart use of our resources?

ctmom on May 14, 2014 at 5:20 PM

But going after some cows eating dead grass is a smart use of our resources?

ctmom on May 14, 2014 at 5:20 PM

/www.MichelleObamasMirror.com

Hah!

Key West Reader on May 14, 2014 at 5:25 PM

Dumping 30k violent criminals out into America is a great use of resource.

Murphy9 on May 14, 2014 at 5:38 PM

But I thought he was the ‘deporter-in-chief?’

weedisgood on May 14, 2014 at 5:39 PM

But I thought he was the ‘deporter-in-chief?’

weedisgood on May 14, 2014 at 5:39 PM

He is. He counts as “deported” all the ones that never came over the border, from the other side, from Mexico.

Schadenfreude on May 14, 2014 at 5:46 PM

How much more will YOU take?

Scottie on May 14, 2014 at 6:21 PM

“It’s not smart to go after non-violent illegals” (So now you have something to do by going after the 35,000 violent illegals I just released).

NoPain on May 14, 2014 at 6:22 PM

Deporting illegals is the law. But of course, who cares about that?

fight like a girl on May 14, 2014 at 6:33 PM

Do we really trust this guy to accurately allocate resources?

ex:

Good use of resources: Sell guns to Mexican drug cartels through straw buyers.
Bad use of resources: Track the guns or try to get them back.

dcman98 on May 14, 2014 at 6:34 PM

Hopefully he’ll provide a complete list of which laws are good ones, and which ones are bad that we should ignore. That’ll be a lot easier than actually changing laws through the stupid cumbersome legislative process.

Capricio on May 14, 2014 at 6:46 PM

Well, it’s not like there’s any requirement in any laws anywhere that the president ‘take care that the laws be faithfully executed,’ you know.

No, wait, it’s right there in Article II, Section 3 of the Constitution.

Bummer.

Well, Obama never claimed to be a Constitutional lawyer, right?

There Goes the Neighborhood on May 14, 2014 at 4:08 PM

But he did claim to be a constitutional lawyer; in fact, he claims to be an expert in constitutional law. And because he’s so amazingly brilliant, Obama has been able to discern an emanation of heretofore unrecognized Executive discretion wafting secretly under the penumbra in Article II, Section 3. You see, what the Founders actually meant was: “. . . take care that the laws be faithfully executed, unless the president determines, in his sole discretion, that doing so would not be “smart,” in which case the president may ignore any and all laws, and do whatever else he damn well pleases.”

If you were an Ivy League-educated legal genius like Barky, you would have figured this out already.

AZCoyote on May 14, 2014 at 6:46 PM

“I do solemnly swear that I will faithfully execute the Office of President of the United States . . .”

Not worth even finishing the rest. He’s already blown it.

Psycroptic on May 14, 2014 at 6:52 PM

No one asked if you thought it was smart, you jackwagon. You volunteered for the job, just do it!

I can’t post the next sentence.

Who is John Galt on May 14, 2014 at 7:09 PM

I’m surprised HA didn’t cover Sal Russo’s move over to the dark side with Grover Norquist. They have an entire propaganda plan worked out including a bogus poll of Republican primary voters.

http://www.nbcnews.com/news/latino/tea-party-leader-calls-conservative-led-immigration-reform-n105506

Wigglesworth on May 14, 2014 at 7:37 PM

That and government enabled lawlessness is a means to bring us centralized law enforcement, curtailment of our rights and seizure of our personal firearms in the name of national security.

Orchestrated chaos to ensure of us of the progressive utopia to come.

hawkeye54 on May 14, 2014 at 2:47 PM

Remember when Obysmal touted having a civilian force just as powerful as our armed forces? The federal agencies that are now armed (whether the justification is logical or not) is the step in that direction.

onlineanalyst on May 14, 2014 at 7:37 PM

This part of Obama’s statement drove me crazy last night.

… it’s estimated that over 80 percent of the folks who are here on an undocumented basis have been here 10 years or longer. These are folks who are woven into the fabrics of our communities. Their kids are going to school with our kids. Most of them are not making trouble; most of them are not causing crimes. And yet, we put them in this tenuous position ….

WE put THEM in this position?

J.S.K. on May 14, 2014 at 7:43 PM

Tea Party’s non-violent, so…

Xavier on May 14, 2014 at 7:44 PM

Among the 36,000 immigrants whom U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement released from custody last year there were 116 with convictions for homicide, 43 for negligent manslaughter, 14 for voluntary manslaughter and one with a conviction classified by ICE as “homicide-willful kill-public official-gun.”

36,000 released who were in the process of deportation for crimes other than violating federal immigration law.

thatsafactjack on May 14, 2014 at 7:50 PM

Here is my question for anyone who supports “comprehensive immigration reform.”

Suppose that comprehensive immigration reform passes, and everyone who is here in the U.S. in 2014 who is going to be allowed to stay gets legal status.

What happens in 2015? I see only two possibilities: (a) Everyone who wants to immigrate to the U.S. is allowed in. (b) There will be a limit on the number of people allowed into the U.S. and so some people will enter the country illegally.

I doubt that most politicians would endorse position (a) openly. More likely they will claim that there will be some limit on immigration. Hence, we can expect some level of future illegal immigration.

So if there are going to be more illegal immigrants in the future, are they going to be guaranteed amnesty and legal status some time in the future? Are we going to owe it to them because they will be “woven into the fabrics of our communities”? What duties do the citizens of the United States have to offer legal status to people who will decide to illegally enter the United States in the future but aren’t even here yet?

J.S.K. on May 14, 2014 at 7:52 PM

If ‘immigration reform’, AKA Amnesty, passes, if I were a Mexican citizen, I’d be very worried.

Allowing over 10% of the total population of Mexico to simply ‘become’ Americans by virtue of willfully shattering the law will only encourage far more in Mexico and it’s southern neighbors in Central and South America to feel entitled to do the same to any country they wish, effectively erasing borders and negating national sovereignty.

Mexico lies between the United States and Central America, and by extension, South America.

IF I were a Mexican citizen, I’d fear annexation by absorption.

thatsafactjack on May 14, 2014 at 7:58 PM

If ‘immigration reform’, AKA Amnesty, passes, if I were a Mexican citizen, I’d be very worried.

Allowing over 10% of the total population of Mexico to simply ‘become’ Americans by virtue of willfully shattering the law will only encourage far more in Mexico and it’s southern neighbors in Central and South America to feel entitled to do the same to any country they wish, effectively erasing borders and negating national sovereignty.

Mexico lies between the United States and Central America, and by extension, South America.

IF I were a Mexican citizen, I’d fear annexation by absorption.

thatsafactjack on May 14, 2014 at 7:58 PM

If you try to sneak into Mexico from a country South of Mexico and are caught, you go to jail, no questions asked. There is no political correctness in Mexico. It’s the same for all South American countries, the USA is the only country on the road to suicide.

slickwillie2001 on May 14, 2014 at 8:11 PM

Obama to law enforcement: It’s “not smart” to go after nonviolent illegals

“That’s just not a good use of our resources. It’s not smart. It doesn’t make sense.”

And in a happy coincidence the illegals vote about 90% for Democrats.

RJL on May 14, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Obama to law enforcement: It’s “not smart” to go after nonviolent illegals

Because anything in any way helpful to America must be opposed!

Dr. ZhivBlago on May 14, 2014 at 9:03 PM

Big Bro O knows best which laws should be enforced and which laws should be ignored.

And he practices what he preaches. He ignores the ones he doesn’t agree with.

Can you say “Banana Republic”?

farsighted on May 14, 2014 at 9:29 PM

Not surprised. Obama is the WORST president that I have ever known. What a jerk!

sohumm on May 14, 2014 at 9:58 PM

Will this vile man please shut up. It’s a tragedy that this clown got elected President.

oldennis on May 14, 2014 at 10:25 PM

I support this: “‘ICE Needs To Recapture Those Criminals Who Pose A Threat To American Citizens’

Except I’d replace “those criminals who pose a threat to American citizens” with “all illegal aliens released despite deportation orders and criminal records.”

Lourdes on May 14, 2014 at 11:06 PM

Obama to law enforcement: It’s “not smart” to go after nonviolent illegals

Doesn’t that just say all anyone intelligent and/or wise should need to know about Obama?

And why isn’t anyone demanding that he define just what he means by “smart”?

Lourdes on May 14, 2014 at 11:07 PM

Obama doesn’t want amnesty to pass. The LEFT can’t afford to pass amnesty. …

If the LEFT were to get amnesty passed, or any substantive immigration reform that ended the illegal status of those 12-20 million currently illegal aliens at large in this nation, they’d lose that cudgel they currently wield against the RIGHT in asserting that the RIGHT is anti-Hispanic, ‘racist’, and anti-immigrant, and they’d lose the whip they use to get the Hispanics to the polls to vote for them on the continual promise of amnesty.

thatsafactjack on May 14, 2014 at 3:32 PM

No, I disagree.

If amnesty passes, eventually some percentage of the amnestied illegal aliens will become citizens and vote. And I think we can agree that of that group, the majority will vote Democrat. So amnestying the illegal aliens means a net gain to the Democratic Party down the road. And not only that, but those new Democratic voters will also be the constituency in the country that is most strongly dedicated to both allowing more immigration, both legal and illegal, and supporting future amnesties. Hence, amnesty will be a gift that keeps on giving for the Democratic Party.

Furthermore, there’s no reason to think that the Democrats will stop using their support for amnesty as a campaign message among Hispanics even after amnesty passes. First of all, they will be able to say that their party was the one that supported amnesty wholeheartedly, while many Republicans opposed it. (And that will be true to a significant extent.) Second, they will claim that electing Republicans will mean that Hispanics’ legal status will be taken away, they will be deported, etc. (For comparison, after Social Security was passed under FDR, the Democrats spent much of the next 50 years campaigning on the idea that the Republicans were going to take it away. And Social Security had passed with the support of most of the Republicans in Congress.)

J.S.K. on May 14, 2014 at 11:12 PM

It’s more than “10 percent” of Mexico’s population who is in the US, including those here illegally. I read years ago that it was documented that ONE THIRD of Mexico’s adult population was here and many of them illegally.

Far more than “10 percent”.

And Mexico’s laws apply to anyone from anywhere, including from the USA — American citizens — in Mexico illegally. Any Mexican national can (is legally able to) “arrest” anyone they deem is in Mexico illegally, and turn them over to Mexican police/jail/worse.

Mexico has some of the harshest residency and immigration laws in the world. Mexico’s problem is their population, who many don’t care what the laws of other nations’ are, especially the laws of the USA.

Lourdes on May 14, 2014 at 11:12 PM

As to illegal aliens, we, the USA, should never overlook the Chinese as responsible for their large share of that criminal activity. Also Mexico, Guatemala, Colombia. Brazil used to have an extremely active illegal pipeline to the US in place but I read recently that that’s been somewhat dissipated — though can’t say for sure.

Lourdes on May 14, 2014 at 11:15 PM

King Barack the Magnificent has got speaking out of both sides of his mouth down to a fine art.

But then, he knows his whores in the MSM won’t call him on it.

NEWSFLASH for the ‘man who knows everything’. Having been a cop for 30 years, you usually trip onto an ILLEGAL while investigating a different crime.

GarandFan on May 14, 2014 at 11:30 PM

It shouldn’t cost any more to deport them than to release them. If it is the bus ticket to the border, we can fund charter buses privately for them.

This is why even people like me who favor a major immigration overall which would find a way to get those here illegally on the books and paying taxes can never agree to anything while this villain is President. And we need to see the new enforcement measures in place AND working BEFORE passing any further reforms.

But again, not until January 21, 2017. Unless there’s an accident, of course.

981 days to go.

Adjoran on May 14, 2014 at 11:38 PM

The next American injured by one of these “released criminals” should demand Obama be arrested as accomplice to the crime.

Will someone PLEASE impeach this turd already….for the survival of the Republic.
III

Sgt Stryker on May 14, 2014 at 11:50 PM

Evidently it is a waste of resources to go after VIOLENT Illegal Aliens, too, since Obama and Holder are just going to release them back into the American citizen communities to continue to prey upon Americans while they receive all the social program benefits our tax dollars can buy! They just released 36,000….

easyt65 on May 15, 2014 at 7:16 AM

Obama is rewarding his future civilian military force. Who better then a bunch of rapists and murderers?

trs on May 15, 2014 at 7:24 AM

ICE won’t (or can’t, due to lack of resources) touch you.

ICE, for years, has let illegals go in Texas after the Border Police turns them over to ICE for deportation. Simply release them back to the streets. Got nothing to do with lack of manpower.

avagreen on May 15, 2014 at 7:40 AM

say if you want more jobs for african american citizens

then deport the illegials
want to save money on education
deport the illegials
want to cut down on gang violence
deport the illegials
want to cut down on health costs
deport the illegials

say you want to know why the dems are pushing amnesty for illegials over helping african amrericans
because blacks vote DEM no matter what, as they are OWNED by the dems.
so the dems dont care about the problems of blacks as all they need to do is play the racecard to keep them in line at the voting booth.
dont believe me, watch as the election gets closer you will soon see the dems doing the racecard nonstop.

sniffles1999 on May 15, 2014 at 7:44 AM

he went after non violent cows

he went after non violent tea party groups

sniffles1999 on May 15, 2014 at 12:13 PM

And in a happy coincidence the illegals vote about 90% for Democrats.

RJL on May 14, 2014 at 8:29 PM

Actually if you use democrat approved Common Core math, it really comes out to about 125%.

hawkeye54 on May 15, 2014 at 12:36 PM

he went after non violent cows

he went after non violent tea party groups

sniffles1999 on May 15, 2014 at 12:13 PM

Both endanger the environment. So, yeah I can see that.

/SNARK

hawkeye54 on May 15, 2014 at 12:37 PM

Never have I seen the word “reform” so misused. What a crock! And both parties are in it–the donks get millions of votes and the ‘thugnicans get millions of dollars from a–hole, traitor employers who’ll sell the national soul for exploitable labor.

But the millions of votes won’t be worth squat, when the nation’s so underwater it goes completely down the toilet and the new citizen labor, won’t be exploitable illegal immigrants anymore–they’ll be citizens with full EEOC/DOL/union access. There are no winners. Mexico even loses its most productive workers. There’s nothing “reform” about it.

We have allowed complete dolts to take over this country.

Ay Uaxe on May 15, 2014 at 4:59 PM

Maybe that is why Obama released all the illegal violent criminals. It will give the police somebody to look for

txdoc on May 15, 2014 at 5:34 PM

Did you bring back our girls yet, daddy?

Galtian on May 16, 2014 at 10:50 AM

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