Border officials: illegal immigrants using fraud to exploit Obama dreamer policy
This, of course, was inevitable:
It used to be that you had to take a risk coming to the United States illegally. You had to risk the desert, unscrupulous human traffickers, Border Patrol, drug cartels, and whatever alligators Tom Tancredo just happened to release into the Rio Grande. But now, now all you have to do is say you went to high school.
Goodness gracious, is there anything that government (read: the left) does that doesn’t have completely unintended consequences and perverse incentives?
In a startling allegation, the president of the union representing Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers claimed illegal immigrants are “taking advantage” of a new directive allowing some undocumented residents who came to the U.S. as children to stay in the country. Union boss Chris Crane said the policy ends up allowing illegal immigrants to avoid detention without any proof — particularly so-called “dreamers,” or those illegal immigrants who would benefit under the “DREAM Act” proposal, which Congress has not passed but the administration has partially implemented.
“Prosecutorial discretion for dreamers is solely based on the individual’s claims. Our orders are if an alien says they went to high school, then let them go,” he said at a press conference with GOP senators. “Officers have been told that there is no burden for the alien to prove anything. … At this point we don’t even know why DHS has criteria at all, as there is no requirement or burden to prove anything on the part of the alien.
No burden of proof! They just say the word, and we let them in. Listen to how the pro-dream policy advocate misses the point in this video from FOX. (Well, actually, she does get the point that it’s temporary, as in, just long enough for Obama to try to pander to Hispanic voters.):
Video description from Senator Sessions’ press conference video (above):
Sen. Sessions hosted a press conference today with top officials from two unions that represent U.S. immigration law enforcement agencies.
ICE agent Chris Crane is President of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, the union representing America’s more than 7,000 ICE agents and personnel. Border Patrol agent George McCubbin, III is President of the National Border Patrol Council, the union representing America’s more than 17,000 border agents and personnel.
From Sen. Sessions’ remarks (forthcoming in a video tomorrow):
“The Administration claims it has diligently enforced immigration law and that the border is ‘more secure than ever.’ But those on the front lines know this to be untrue. They see the violence, chaos and lawlessness. They have lost confidence in the leadership of their agencies…
As you will hear today, this administration has engaged in a sustained, relentless effort to undermine America’s immigration laws. They have handcuffed and muffled those charged with protecting the public safety and the integrity of our borders. Such action has not only weakened our security but our democracy…
All Americans, immigrant and native born, will have a better future if our nation remains unique in the world for the special reverence it places in the rule of law and fairness in our immigration system.”
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