President Obama is leaning on labor leaders and CEOs today to get their support for immigration reform. After four years in office, this is suddenly a priority.
Of course it is. If they don’t focus on it, someone might notice the economy is circling the drain. Still.
What needs attention regarding Obama’s immigration plan is how soft the kid gloves he’s putting on ICE are. They’re so soft, they would have spared the 9/11 hijackers from deportation:
The former chief of deportations in the Bush administration will testify to Congress on Tuesday that President Obama’s new nondeportation policies would have let the Sept. 11 hijackers remain in the country even if they had been picked up in the months before their deadly attacks.[pull]President Obama’s new nondeportation policies would have let the Sept. 11 hijackers remain in the country[/pull]And the current chief of the union that represents Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents will tell the House Judiciary Committee that ICE agents are now required to wait until most illegal immigrants have three misdemeanor convictions before they can be arrested and put in deportation proceedings.
“Most Americans would be surprised to know that immigration agents are regularly prohibited from enforcing the two most fundamental sections of United States immigration law,” said Chris Crane, president of National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council. “According to ICE policy, in most cases, immigration agents can no longer arrest persons solely for entering the United States illegally.”
Well, of course not! What are we, Mexico or something?