The DREAM Act executive order is the culmination of many executive actions taken by Obama to undermine our immigration laws. In March of 2011, at the same time he was claiming that he would not bypass congress; Obama’s ICE Chief John Morton began issuing memos urging the courts to use “prosecutorial discretion” and not deport any illegal immigrants who did not also commit other serious crimes.
FAIR’s report also dispenses with the notion that Obama has increased deportations or beefed up on border security. They quote Janet Napolitano admitting that their deportation numbers are deceptively high, and that non-criminal deportations have actually gone down. Shortly after these memos, Immigration officials began dropping deportation orders against tens of thousands of illegal immigrants.
When I worked in the Reagan administration, conservative leaders emphasized the slogan “personnel is policy.” In a giant bureaucracy like the federal government, top bureaucrats have a great deal of authority over how they will enforce, or not enforce the law. FAIR details how Obama put pro-amnesty supporters in charge of enforcing immigration laws. Obama appointed Thomas Perez, a former board member of the CASA De Maryland to lead the civil rights division. CASA De Maryland not only advocated amnesty, but helped create day labor centers for illegal aliens to take jobs from Americans.
Merriam Webster’s dictionary defines Civil Rights as “the nonpolitical rights of a citizen.” Yet, as FAIR’s report notes, Tom Perez and Obama’s “Civil Rights Division” has spent millions of taxpayer dollars to sue those who supposedly violated the civil rights of illegal aliens, such as suing Florida for its Voter ID laws, harassing businesses who use E-Verify to ensure they do not hire illegals, suing Sheriff Joe Arpaio for cracking down on illegal immigration, and of course their lawsuits against Arizona for SB 1070.
Obama put sanctuary city police chief Harold Hurt in charge of the 287(g) program. 287(g) is a congressionally created program that encourages cooperation between state law enforcement and federal immigration officials. As police chief of Houston, Hurt ordered his police not to cooperate with federal immigration control. Not surprisingly, DHS has virtually dismantled the 287(g) program and cancelled it with states like Arizona who actually want to use it as Congress intended.
FAIR’s report did not reveal any previously unreleased information about Obama’s immigration policies. However, this is the first comprehensive report to detail virtually every single action that Obama has taken undertaken. Even as someone who follows the immigration issue very closely, I was struck by just how much Obama has done to undemocratically undermine the rule of law and border security.