ICE agents sue Janet Napolitano over Barack Obama’s DREAM Act Executive Order
Claiming that Janet Napolitano is ordering them to break the law, ten ICE agents have filed suit against Barack Obama’s DREAM Act Executive Order.
Ten Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents filed a lawsuit against Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and ICE Director John Morton Thursday, taking on recent Obama administration directives which they say prevent them from upholding the law.
The suit, filed in federal court in Dallas, Texas, challenges the administration’s June 15th deferred action directive which instructed ICE agents not to arrest certain illegal immigrants for deportation and facilitate the granting of work permits for some directive beneficiaries.
“We are federal law enforcement officers who are being ordered to break the law. This directive puts ICE agents and officers in a horrible position,” President of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council and former ICE agent Chris Crane said in a statement.
The Directive is an extension of the DREAM Act, which was rejected by Congress, and aims to grant an amnesty to 1.7 million illegal aliens,” Kobach said. “It violates federal immigration laws that require certain aliens to be placed in removal proceedings, it violates the Administrative Procedure Act, and it encroaches upon the legislative powers of Congress as defined in Article I of the United States Constitution.”
“The lawsuit notes the position that these ICE agents are being put in, they are being ordered by their political appointee superiors to break federal law, or if they don’t break federal law, according to their orders, they will be disciplined. This is an absolutely breath taking assertion of authority and an abuse of authority,” he added in a conference call with reporters, comparing the situation to Fast and Furious.
Clearly they see this the same was as do I: The president, driven by agenda and ideology, has circumvented the Congress by proclamation and implemented policy rejected by the Congress. He has overstepped his authority by using the Executive Order to create new laws by changing existing laws and he must be challenged on this. In essence Barack Obama has ordered federal agents to break the law by telling them they must ignore it.
This lawsuit is bound to make its way through the courts, and it might make it to the Supreme Court. But with John Roberts more concerned with his legacy than with upholding the law there is no telling how this will end…..