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Obama Administration Hostile to Illegal Immigration Enforcement
The Obama administration is once again undermining the enforcement of our nation's immigration laws.
Last week I told you about the administration's attempts to undermine 287(g), a highly successful federal program that trains local law enforcement officers in illegal immigration enforcement techniques. Well, this week, two stories hit the press that show just how far the administration is willing to go to protect illegal alien criminals and punish law enforcement officers who are simply doing their jobs.
First, as reported by The Associated Press, the Obama administration is taking another swipe at one of its favorite bogeymen, Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, known as "America's toughest Sheriff" for his no-nonsense approach to enforcing the law, including laws against illegal immigration. Here's the scoop:
An Arizona sheriff known for aggressively cracking down on illegal immigration has been stripped of some of his special power to enforce federal immigration law, and he claims the Obama administration is taking away his authority for political reasons.
Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio, whose office faces racial profiling allegations over crime and immigration sweeps in some heavily Latino areas of metro Phoenix, said officials from Washington won't let him renew a deal that let his deputies make federal immigration arrests.
Make no mistake. This move by the Obama administration is a strong message to local police departments: "If you seek to enforce immigration laws, we will strip you of your power." When taken in context with the "reforms" to 287(g) that we discussed last week, it is clear the administration is intent on not only undermining, but completely dismantling the 287(g) program and any effort by local law enforcement officers to assist the relatively small cadre of federal agents responsible for enforcing immigration laws.
(By the way, you may recall Judicial Watch Director of Research and Investigations Chris Farrell led a congressional delegation to Arizona in July to assess the situation at the nation's southern border. This included a tour of Sheriff Arpaio's "Tent City Jail." Click here for more information.)
The good news is Sheriff Arpaio won't back down and will continue to enforce the law.
But the attack on 287(g) and the good sheriff is not the only tactic by this administration to undermine the rule of law. The Wall Street Journal reported this nugget earlier in the week:
The Obama administration is expected on Tuesday to unveil an outline of sweeping changes for the nation's immigration-detention system, saying it will decide whom to lock up and for how long based on the danger and flight risk posed by detainees...
...Until now, the Obama administration has been reluctant to revise detention standards, which were updated late in the administration of former President George W. Bush. The immigration detention system expanded dramatically during the Bush years as the government took a much tougher line against illegal immigrants.
The Obama administration's reforms include the construction of new and improved detention facilities, increased medical care, improved "custodial conditions" and a new "classification system" for illegal alien detainees. (The Obama administration believes holding illegal aliens who are marked for deportation in jail cells is cruel and unusual punishment. One proposed reform suggests putting them up in hotels and nursing homes instead!)
Leftists and their media allies have systematically been attacking the current detention system for the last two years. They are seemingly opposed to any detention system (hence, the Obama administration's emphasis on getting alien criminals out of jail).
The fact is many of the illegal aliens being "detained" in jails are simply awaiting deportation after having served time for other crimes, including crimes of violence. The federal government reimburses localities for jailing these bad guys. Certainly makes sense from a public safety perspective.
Of course, the whole idea of the Obama plan is to bring the entire system under federal control, which apparently means more money and less enforcement. Signs point to expensive "Club Feds" for illegal alien criminals.
So the twofer from the Obama administration this week is this: don't arrest illegal aliens and coddle them if they are arrested.
And so the illegal alien crisis will continue.