The Obama administration issued a new policy Friday that directs ICE Agents to avoid arresting and deporting illegal aliens with minor children, the Washington Times reports. It extends amnesty-in-place protection to yet another category of illegal aliens.
The ICE policy, known as the “Family Interest Directive,” tells Agents to use “prosecutorial discretion” to try to avoid detaining illegal-alien parents. Field Operations Directors “shall continue to weigh whether an exercise of prosecutorial discretion may be warranted for a given alien and shall consider all relevant factors in this determination, including whether the alien is a parent or legal guardian of a USC (citizen) or LPR (legal permanent resident) minor, or is a primary caretaker of a minor.”
Responding to the move, House Judiciary Committee Chair Robert Goodlate said, “President Obama has once again abused his authority and unilaterally refused to enforce our current immigration laws by directing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to stop removing broad categories of unlawful immigrants.” He said the policy “poisons the debate” and demonstrates the president is trying to “politicize the issue” rather than work for a compromise bill.
In August 2012, the Department of Homeland Security Secretary established the Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, which gives a two-year stay of deportation and a work permit to illegal aliens between the ages of 16 and 30. Over 430,000 illegal aliens have been approved under that program thus far.
Ten ICE Agents sued to try to block the DACA program, but a federal judge dismissed the case on a technicality. The judge, however, said DACA violates federal law.
Read the Washington Times article.
Updated: Sun, Aug 25th 2013 @ 4:41pm EDT