Immigration Bill Expands Authority Of DHS Empire, Allows Big Sis To Overrule Enforcement

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If the immigration reform bill before the Senate passes, Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Secretary Janet Napolitano will gain the power to pre-empt the enforcement efforts of the Nation’s Immigration and Customs officers on a case-by-case basis.

In a letter submitted to Congress Thursday by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council of the Nation’s largest Federal employees’ union, along with nearly 30 county sheriffs from across the country, the law enforcement community called upon lawmakers to object to language in the bill that would give DHS appointees far-reaching discretionary powers that would undermine the efforts of on-the-ground agents who make arrests in accordance with the law:

Congress can and must take decisive steps to limit the discretion of political appointees and empower ICE and CBP [Customs and Border Protection] to perform their respective missions and enforce the laws enacted by Congress. Rather than limiting the power of those political appointees within DHS, S. 744 [the bill] provides them with nearly unlimited discretion, which will serve only to further cripple the law enforcement missions of these agencies.

…Unfortunately, S. 744 provides no guarantee of increased border security. Instead, it relinquishes Congress’ authority to establish border security measures to the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), which will then develop its own unilateral border security plan.

… The degree to which this legislation tolerates both past and future criminal activities ensures legalization and a path to citizenship for many criminal aliens and gang members currently residing in the United States.

What kind of “unlimited discretion” would pass from enforcement agents, working under Congress’s authority, to Big Sis?

  • The power to waive misdemeanor criminal convictions (which, in some States, can include assault, DUI and vehicular homicide) for purposes of determining an illegal’s “Registered Provisional Immigrant” status.
  • The discretion to open legal eligibility to illegals who have committed document fraud and evaded court-ordered removal hearings.
  • Giving the DHS Secretary discretion to pardon any crime that would make an applicant ineligible, if that applicant can claim family unity, a humanitarian need or any other mitigating factor that the Secretary, according to her own definition, “believes is in the public interest.”
  • Granting the DHS Secretary “sole and unreviewable discretion” to deem eligible any illegal who previously has been deported — even though the bill states that deportees aren’t otherwise eligible even to apply for legal status.

After fighting over the significance of Republicans’ demands to put border security ahead of any policy reform, the Senate Judiciary Committee rejected a GOP-led effort Thursday that would have included language intended to slow the path to legal residence for those immigrants already living in the U.S. illegally.

Ben Bullard

Reconciling the concept of individual sovereignty with conscientious participation in the modern American political process is a continuing preoccupation for staff writer Ben Bullard. A former community newspaper writer, Bullard has closely observed the manner in which well-meaning small-town politicians and policy makers often accept, unthinkingly, their increasingly marginal role in shaping the quality of their own lives, as well as those of the people whom they serve. He argues that American public policy is plagued by inscrutable and corrupt motives on a national scale, a fundamental problem which individuals, families and communities must strive to solve. This, he argues, can be achieved only as Americans rediscover the principal role each citizen plays in enriching the welfare of our Republic.

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  • Dragon 1

    DHS wants jurisdiction over every one’s lives, a semi – military police state where everyone is afraid of the DHS machine and big sis. 1.6 million bullets don’t lie.

    • Liberty Lover

      The situation is 1000 times worse than you suggest, Dragon 1. That should be 1.6 Billion bullets with a capital B! About 5 bullets for every man, woman and child in the U.S. Are we preparing for an invasion of our shores (beyond the Hispanic invasion welcomed by Democrats)? Who are the real enemies of the Obama Administration?

  • OzCop

    Why is DHS being given even more power? Is DHS the National Civilian Army promised by Obama? Billions of dollars worth of ammo, weaponry, and military style vehicles would assume YES…I know, the Bush administration created DHS, to the hues and crys of liberals across the nation, but their scope was severely limited. This department’s jurisdiction has increased 100 fold under Obama, and nary a peep from the left…Double standard? Of course, but that is not important…What IS important is where is all this leading, and why is DHS being given so much raw power that in some cases, even Congress can’t overide the dictatorial decisions of DHS?

    • Jana

      They aren’t even doing a good job. They are taking away the jobs of ICE and the Border Patrol. Why don’t they let them do their jobs and quit trying to usurp everyone elses authority? Are they this power hungry?

      This is just one more step to ONE AUTHORITY-BIG BROTHER GOVERNMENT. This is not good.

  • Dale DuBois

    Maybe this has not got much to do with “Why do birds fly and other silly things” but is this Janet Napolitano a man or a woman?

    • Don 2

      Good point, but it should be obvious that she is a feminazi Democrat.

      I have to laugh every time I see Betty Crocker pretending like she actually knows something about security. Kind of like Obama pretending he knows something about healthcare, or housing, or creating jobs, or international relations, or oil, or global warming, or running a business, or running a country. Oh that’s right, he learned all that during his community antagonizer days on the streets.

      • Chester

        Like you pretending to know anything about anything worth knowing. And you might try a bit of community activism and see just how much you CAN learn. I will guarantee you will learn more than you expect.

        • vicki

          one of the things he would learn is how many brainwashed useful idiots are out there.

          http://conservativevideos.com/2013/04/liberal-chick-gets-college-students-to-sign-pressure-cooker-ban/

        • Don 2

          Well Chester, please enlighten those of us who don’t know anything worth knowing, exactly what was it that qualified Barack Obama in 2008, to be president of the United States, leader of the free world, and Commander in chief of the most powerful military in the world. I am eagerly awaiting your response.

  • FreedomFighter

    Hitler had the brown shirts, Obama has “DUNG BEETLE” Napolitano and the DHS “Department of Human Sacrifice”.
    DHS is a rogue organization under direct control of Obama, as such needs to be dissolved — NOW!
    Laus DeoSemper FI

  • Michael Shreve

    The Obama administration has ALREADY made it clear that it believes they can pick and chose the laws they enforce AND the people they harass who HAVEN’T broken the law. The Immigration Act is essentially a transfer of power from legislator to bureaucrats, a growing AND DANGEROUS practice.

  • Timothy Marvin

    Write your reps and demand they dismantle the DHS as it has gotten too big and thinks congress cannot comtrol them!!!!!!

  • tncdel

    When is the Tea Party and the GOP going to call for Obama to be PROSECUTED and removed from office? A non-U.S. citizen is not constitutionally-entitled to impeachment proceedings.

    Obama’s social security number failed E-Verify, and anyone with enough intelligence to follow the simple instructions of this video can prove to themselves beyond any doubt that the document Obama claims is his birth certificate was amateurishly created using Adobe layering techniques. Please see:

  • ONTIME

    I hope we get to bury this fat broad under all the ammunition she used to buy with our tax money to screw up the market for legal gun owners….