There is no Executive Order from the President directing any federal agency, i.e.., ICE, to purposefully exclude any illegal alien they apprehend from being prosecuted under the law. However, just as with any federal agency ICE has discretionary powers to determine who to prosecute and who not to prosecute. Since we all know there are millions of illegal aliens running around, we clearly don't have the manpower nor facilities to house them. So, ICE is just being prudent based on their limited resources in going after those illegals who they believe pose a threat to our national security. Illegal aliens who happen to have lived here since early childhood, have no criminal record, have graduated high school or who have served honorable in our military don't fit the bill of someone posing as national security threats.
Now, that said, I do understand why some people would be oppose to the ICE Director's position concerning "prosecutorial discretion" as outlined in the memo. Many of the issues outlined in the memo mirror criteria as a "path to citizenship" as outlined in the DREAM Act. BUT...
As Redress points out, making judgment calls on who to prosecute and who not to prosecute does NOT equate to "a pass to citizenship". It just means that ICE basically will do everything in its power to focus on catching the bad guys and leave the rest to others to deal with.
I know...seems a slap in the face to detering illegal immigration, but based on the memo's contents ICE has to pick its poison - track down, capture, prosecute and deport every suspected illegal alien (which even I would find preferable under ideal circumstances) or focus on getting those who wish to do us harm. If given a choice, I prefer the latter.
Last edited by danarhea; 06-26-11 at 08:58 PM.
The ghost of Jack Kevorkian for President's Physician: 2016
If any part of this turns out to be true, I will be pissed off beyond belief.
It's bad enough that 20 years worth of presidents have been bribed by money and votes to turn their backs on the government's obligation to secure our borders and enforce our immigration laws. Now if this administration has decided that they aren't even going to deport those here illegally unless they commit a crime, I'll be furious. They have committed a crime just for being here. If they have stolen social security or green card numbers to gain employment, that have committed another crime. If they use fraudulent means to obtain welfare and other taxpayer funded services, they have committed yet another crime.
This whole issue chaps the hell out of me.
Last edited by DiAnna; 06-26-11 at 09:06 PM.
So right, danarhea, and it's unfortunate that people can't make that distinction between a memo that comes directly from the Executive (White House) and a memo issue from a department head of a particular agency. All the Dir, ICE is doing is streamlining his apprehension process by going after illegal aliens in accordance with the law, policy review and well established procedures from the past. Nothing more here, folks. That alleged subversion of Congressional power via Executive Order as a path to citizenship for illegal aliens just isn't there, folks.