I was listening to the Tom Sullivan show on Tuesday afternoon.
He featured Fox News writer Todd Starnes. Go here for the reference article.
As per the article of Mr Starnes, ICE management, under direct political pressure from the Obama Administration, has decided to suspend an ICE agent for doing nothing more than HIS JOB.
Because his upper management has, frankly, no guts and no logic. They do have, however, individual hopes of climbing further up their own administrative ladder — and logic and law be damned.
As I said to all of my trainees when I first became an FTO in 1984: “if it is fiscally or politically expedient, you will be sacrificed. Do not love your department, because it will never love you.”
From the article of Mr Starnes:
“A veteran Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent is facing suspension after he refused to release an illegal immigrant who was not considered a priority target under the Obama Administration’s new immigration enforcement policies, according to documents provided exclusively to Fox News.
Translated: a veteran ICE agent faces a suspension for enforcing laws on the books via USC.
“They’re punishing law enforcement officers who are just trying to uphold U.S. law,” said Chris Crane, president of the National ICE Council. Crane is a union representative acting on the unidentified officer’s behalf.
The officer under fire is an 18-year law enforcement and military veteran.”
Please continue to read the referenced article:
“A memorandum from Assistant Field Office Director David O’Neill, written the morning of the incident, reveals that the officers were told to release the subject even though he was in the country illegally.
The officer “became agitated and began to raise his voice and stated that he would not do as instructed,” O’Neill wrote in his memo.
As a result of disobeying the order to release a known criminal, the officer faces a three-day suspension and could ultimately lose his job and pension if he arrests another illegal not on the Obama administration’s priority list.”
Let me make this clear: a POLICY vs a LAW.
Apparently, a transient policy takes precedence over an immured law. And semantics, of course, come into play:
A spokesman for ICE told Fox News they will not discuss “ongoing personnel matters.”
“ICE officers are not disciplined for lawful arrests,” the spokesperson said. “They may, however, be subject to discipline for insubordination and failure to follow agency polices and directives, among other reasons.”
Ironically, the illegal alien in this particular incident was given better treatment than an American citizen would have been in similar circumstances.
A spokesman for the Newark Police Dept. told Fox News that if an American had been stopped on the same charges – they would have been put in jail. The spokesman said officers would have let the judge sort out the details.
Crane said that’s the way it used to be – until President Obama loosened restrictions on illegal immigrants.
Imagine that. Mr Obama pandering for Mexican votes. Not French votes, not Ethiopian votes, not Sri Lankan votes, not Canadian votes — oh no. Votes from Mexicans. From Mexico. Because they comprise the BULK of illegal invaders. Imagine that. Those persons on our southern border who wish to escape a corrupt, violent, backwards, emotional country.
And by those who wish to IMPORT those tendencies SOLELY for the purpose of padding votes proffered on the behalf of Free Cheese.
The orders are very clear:
Crane said agents in the field disputed the idea of prosecutorial discretion.
“This whole prosecutorial discretion thing is a big lie,” he said. “The administration is trying to say it gives us more flexibility to release people. It’s garbage. These are orders – very clear orders that you will release people.”
The points are:
“We can’t do anything anymore under these new guidelines,” he added. “
As a result, he said, an 18-year law enforcement veteran has to pay the price — and somewhere in the nation, a 35-year-old illegal immigrant is driving on a roadway without a license.
“If a law enforcement officer can’t perform routine enforcement functions, what do we have a law enforcement agency for,” Crane wondered.
An excellent question. But a final observation:
Todd Starnes also let the “cat” out of the proverbial bag. He was reluctant to reveal that another source had made a major indication, and that is this:
To this point, Mr Obama is planning to stop deportation altogether in the coming week. Essentially: an amnesty. And I can only forecast: for votes.
But now, because Mr Starnes made this plan public, I say: we shall see.
We shall see.
If so, it would be the worst possible move imaginable during a presidential campaign.