Border Patrol and Immigration and Customs Enforcement Union heads slammed the Obama administration yesterday over its executive amnesty policy that they claim is forcing officials to ignore the law and allow illegal aliens to exploit the system.
President of the ICE Union,Chris Crane, said the executive amnesty policy ends up allowing illegal aliens to avoid detention without any proof.
"Prosecutorial discretion for dreamers is solely based on the individual's claims. Our orders are if an alien says they went to high school, then let them go," Crane said at a press conference. "Officers have been told that there is no burden for the alien to prove anything. At this point we don't even know why DHS has criteria at all, as there is no requirement or burden to prove anything on the part of the alien.
"We believe that significant numbers of people who are not dreamers are taking advantage of this practice to avoid arrest," he said.
Crane cited one case in which, he said, an illegal alien facing criminal charges was let go under the policy. Further, he complained that officers are "under threat of losing their jobs" if they defy the policy.
Crane said it's led to disorganization and "confusion" at ICE.
George McCubbin, president of the National Border Patrol Council union, said the Department of Homeland Security has made it impossible for agents to do their jobs.
ICE spokeswoman Gillian Christensen disputed the notion that the Obama Administration's executive amnesty policy impacts public safety, but she said the agency regularly with union representatives "to discuss our goal of ensuring public safety by focusing on the removal of individuals who meet out enforcement priorities."
As a response to yesterday's allegations, Christensen added that "the agency will aggressively investigate allegations of fraud and abuse of the deferred action process."
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