As you probably heard, last week President Obama’s administration announced they would not enforce immigration laws, except in cases of serious criminals. This poses a serious dilemma for law enforcement officers who are now expected to enforce some laws and not others.
Which laws will they enforce and which will they ignore?
Many illegal immigrants break multiple laws to come here. For example, in addition to breaking immigration laws, they obtain licenses, social security, and checking through forgery and identity theft.
There is no way to ascertain who has a “serious” criminal record and who has “only” committed forgery and other crimes the administration is choosing to ignore.
In the following interview, Sheriff Paul Babeu says the new policy will incentivize additional breaking of the law. He likened it to law enforcement officers announcing they will only respond to emergencies that are murder, rape, and violent acts - and not respond to DUI, shoplifting or simple assault.
I, along with many Americans, favor immigration reform. I welcome legal immigrants to this wonderful country. But we are a nation of laws. To be free, people must be governed by law and not by the whims of men. Do we choose to be a nation ruled by laws or by dictators?
The people have repeatedly voted to secure the borders and enforce immigration law.
The Obama administration failed to pass its amnesty program in Congress.
So now, in the words of FAIR President Dan Stein, "Having failed in the legislative process, the Obama administration has simply decided to usurp Congress' constitutional authority and implement an amnesty program for millions of illegal aliens. This step by the White House amounts to a complete abrogation of the president's duty to enforce the laws of the land and is a huge breach of the public trust. ...
“In essence, the administration has declared that U.S. immigration is now virtually unlimited to anyone willing to try to enter -- and only those who commit violent felonies after arrival are subject to enforcement."
Law enforcement officers now have to choose if they will enforce the laws or submit to Obama’s unconstitutional edict.