Even as the Department of Homeland Security announced that it needs to prioritize resources and so won’t be taking many of the calls of Arizona police officers trying to enforce U.S. immigration laws, the Justice Department found some extra money to set up a hotline to receive complaints about their behavior.
It’s all part of a scheme under which the Obama administration is moving on multiple fronts to nullify the clear direction of the Supreme Court, which let stand a portion of the Arizona Immigration law that allows police officers to try to determine someone’s immigration status if there is a reasonable suspicion they are here illegally.
The law, which is not yet in effect, will surely increase the number of illegals discovered by police, but the Obama administration isn’t taking calls from police unless the subjects meet the administration’s criteria, which include having a criminal record. In this way, Obama officials claim, limited “resources” can most effectively be targeted.
But the Justice Department found money for tipsters to report “potential civil rights concerns” related to the enforcement of the law by Arizona police.
Meanwhile, in a move that could cripple the ability of Arizona to enforce the law in the first place, the Department of Homeland Security suspended so-called “287(g) agreements” with Arizona police, under which the police are basically deputized by the federal government to enforce immigration law – which is federal law and would otherwise have to be enforced by overstretched federal agencies.
SO SOMETIMES WE’RE WORRIED ABOUT FEDERAL RESOURCES, AND SOMETIMES WE’RE NOT.
Arizona Gov. Jan Brewer got the message for Arizona: Drop Dead.
The revocation of the 287(g) agreements, according the Homeland Security’s OWN WEBSITE, will harm the fight on terrorism.
This below is from the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement page description of the USEFULNESS of 287(g) agreements in combating terrorism and crime:
Terrorism and criminal activity are most effectively combated through a multi-agency/multi-authority approach that encompasses federal, state and local resources, skills and expertise. State and local law enforcement play a critical role in protecting our homeland because they are often the first responders on the scene when there is an incident or attack against the United States. During the course of daily duties, they will often encounter foreign-born criminals and immigration violators who pose a threat to national security or public safety.
The Obama administration excuse that it wants to effectively husband its resources – also used deceptively with respect to Obama’s recent self-enactment of The Dream Act – is in fact a ruse by which it finds a way not to enforce laws it doesn’t like.
The work of legislating from the West Wing continues.