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ICE agents warn Americans “to brace themselves for what’s coming” as catch-and-release of illegals — caught committing other crimes — begins

posted at 11:27 am on June 26, 2011 by

You may have read that President Obama is now quietly offering a quasi-amnesty for illegal immigrants in a cynical attempt to rebuild his voting base.

Under his direction, new prosecution rules* put ICE agents in a bureaucratic box if they choose to prosecute illegals, with dozens of new, subjective guidelines. In essence, Obama is forcing ICE agents to release illegals even if they are caught committing crimes.

Just yesterday in Pennsylvania, ICE advised police to release three illegals who had been charged with speeding, driving without a license, without insurance, without registration, and providing police with false identification.

In response, the head of the ICE Agents’ Union, which represents nearly 8,000 immigration enforcement personnel, has leveled withering criticism at the Obama administration for wantonly endangering American citizens.

“Any American concerned about immigration needs to brace themselves for what’s coming,” said Chris Crane, President of the National ICE Council which represents approximately 7,000 ICE agents, officers and employees, “this is just one of many new ICE policies in queue aimed at stopping the enforcement of U.S. immigration laws in the United States. Unable to pass its immigration agenda through legislation, the Administration is now implementing it through agency policy … ICE worked hand-in-hand with immigrants rights groups, but excluded its own officers.”

Agents say the policy is a “law enforcement nightmare” developed by the Administration to win votes at the expense of sound and responsible law enforcement policy. “The desires of foreign nationals illegally in the United States were the framework from which these policies were developed,” Crane said, “the result is a means for every person here illegally to avoid arrest or detention, as officers we will never know who we can or cannot arrest.”

…”Our officers are already under orders not to make arrests or even talk to foreign nationals in most cases unless another agency has already arrested them; you won’t find that written in any public ICE policy.”

…”I think the writing is on the wall for every person concerned about good government and effective immigration reforms – the things happening at ICE represent neither, said Crane, we are asking everyone to please email or call your Congressman and Senators immediately and ask them to help stop what’s happening at ICE, we desperately need your help.”

President Obama’s new rules for U.S. immigration agents — which can be legitimately described as a stealth amnesty — are recklessly endangering American citizens.

Write your Congressman now and demand an investigation of ICE. Be polite, but firm. The lives of your family members may depend on it.

I’m no lawyer, but it would seem that this program and others like it — Operation Gunrunner, for example — could very well rise to impeachment level.

* Exercising Prosecutorial Discretion Consistent with the Priorities ofthe Agency for the Apprehension, Detention, and Removal of Aliens (PDF)

Hat tip: News you may have missed. Cross-posted at: Doug Ross @ Journal.

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could very well rise to impeachment level

Not if nobody ever mentions it in Washington!

golfmann on June 26, 2011 at 11:34 AM

Well will this mean that we American’s can be set free if we break the law? NO, I don’t think so! These illegal aliens have more rights than we do and it needs to stop STAT!
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letget on June 26, 2011 at 11:44 AM

could very well rise to impeachment level

To be honest, it’s best 0bama is not impeached. Much better if, in 18 months or so, millions and millions of Americans go to the polls and spank 0bama and the Democrat Party for this criminal insolence. An impeachment can be PR-spun into some kind of persecution of the righteous liberal politician. Just look at what happened with Clinton. In contrast, nobody can claim Jimmy Carter was a persecuted liberal. He was just a failed President succeeded by a much better one.

Sekhmet on June 26, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Sekhmet on June 26, 2011 at 11:55 AM

I agree wholeheartedly. At this point impeachment is not only impractical and unlikely…but could even be counterproductive. I mean, can you imagine the chaos if 2012 rolls around and impeachment proceedings are still in the works? What a mess!

Let’s face it people, nobody’s going to get the ball rolling on this issue. The R’s don’t have a spine, the media shills for him 24/7, and the whole BC debacle has shown that John Q. Public is a lemming. Best to concentrate on making Obummer a one-termer.

Uncle Sams Nephew on June 26, 2011 at 12:15 PM

It was illegal aliens that caused the massive fire in southern Arizona last week. Lots of people lost their homes. When will enough be enough?

Tuari on June 26, 2011 at 12:19 PM

Impeachment is about the only option left as I see it. As divided as this country has become there is little room for any more compromise. Obama has turned just about every honorable agency into a suspicious entity. We can not trust him with the military, he ruined the economy, he has turned law enforcement of every stripe into his personal structure of corruption and destruction. I despise being in such a state of skepticism but the longer this goes on the further from a civil, united, and optimistic future we get.

fourdeucer on June 26, 2011 at 12:59 PM

golfmann on June 26, 2011 at 11:34 AM

exactamundo…crickets chirping big time

cmsinaz on June 26, 2011 at 5:15 PM

release three illegals who had been charged with speeding, driving without a license, without insurance, without registration, and providing police with false identification.

During the Bush administration, the drunk illegal alien who plowed into my mother and daughter got off with no jail time; we showed up at the time the prosecutor had specified only to be told he’d made a deal and wasn’t even going to be deported. We, on the other hand, had to deal with surgery for my daughter and major repairs on the car.

There are plenty of examples of illegal alien criminals actually being treated better than Americans. And yet we accept it, we re-elect the people imposing the dual policy and even nominated John McCain for President. So while I’m all for going after Obama on this issue, there’s no need to stop with just going after Obama. Every last one of those open-borders SOBs needs to be held accountable, regardless of their party.

Laura Curtis on June 26, 2011 at 7:32 PM

This is obscene. I think it is a long way from deserving impeachment as some have suggested but I would think that if enough of these cases are made public it will put pressure on the government to change course or at least compromise electoral support.

lexhamfox on June 27, 2011 at 12:13 AM

Sekhmet on June 26, 2011 at 11:55 AM

lexhamfox on June 27, 2011 at 12:13 AM

Barry Obama is hardly the only public official liable to recall-through-impeachment. This is something for which Eric Holder should be removed from office. Similarly, their recent sub-rosa “passage” of most Card Check provisions should permit Congress to remove the NRLB from any semblance of national authority.

Remove enough of the load-bearing supports, the facade implodes all on its own.

Blacksmith on June 27, 2011 at 12:51 AM

Blacksmith on June 27, 2011 at 12:51 AM

I think public pressure is the best avenue for change. Authorities simply don’t have the resources to to enforce and prosecute every law on the books and that is not unique to this or any other Administration. Political will to enforce these particular laws can be engendered through careful use of publicity and making a reasonable case which appeals across partisan lines. I think vigilance over the actions of elected officials is a public duty but the ballot box is the best way to remove officials who go against the public will. I have yet to see actions which would warrant impeachment of any of the executive team. I’ve seen public pressure work at the local level on this issue in a place where you would think it was impossible because of the local political culture.

lexhamfox on June 27, 2011 at 1:21 AM

Why do you expect our elected officials will listen to us on this subject. We can’t even get them to repeal the light bulb ban. Seems the Won’s oath of office had an expiration date, too.

Kissmygrits on June 27, 2011 at 9:09 AM

Sekhmet on June 26, 2011 at 11:55 AM

Agreed. Run 0 out of office on a rail via the ballot box.

Holder and Napolitano, however, are different. Impeach and, in Holder’s case, imprison them for breaking the law, lying to Congress, and defying the will of Congress. That will send some shock waves through the rest of 0′s courtiers that will result in plenty of pushback at the cabinet level (h$ll no, I will not risk impeachment for an illegal act!).

iconoclast on June 27, 2011 at 9:51 AM

That’s quite the statement from Crane.

Let’s urge FNC to give this more attention. Email the link to Fox and Friends.

http://www.judicialwatch.org/blog/2011/jun/dhs-lies-covers-stealth-amnesty

onlineanalyst on June 27, 2011 at 3:48 PM

Ding ding ding!

petefrt on June 28, 2011 at 5:58 AM

Note that this is the polar opposite of Rudy Guiliani’s embrace of the Broken Windows Theory. We could call Obama’s approach “Chaos Theory”.

Buy Danish on June 28, 2011 at 9:03 AM

Let’s urge Ed and Allah to put this thread on the main page. This administrative abuse of power is flying under the radar.

onlineanalyst on June 28, 2011 at 10:26 AM

Buy Danish on June 28, 2011 at 9:03 AM

Let’s urge Ed and Allah to put this thread on the main page. This administrative abuse of power is flying under the radar.

onlineanalyst on June 28, 2011 at 10:26 AM

agreed!

theCork on June 28, 2011 at 2:48 PM

I’m surprised Michelle Malkin hasn’t covered this. She’s the go-to person on immigration issues.

Buy Danish on June 28, 2011 at 4:38 PM