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Friday, August 24, 2012

Immigration agents sue DHS over deferred-deportation policy

Ten federal immigration agents are filing a lawsuit against the Obama administration, arguing that the Department of Homeland Security’s more-lenient revisions of their deportation policy earlier this year are putting them between a rock and a hard place by preventing them from doing their jobs as-required by law. The Wash Times reports:

The 10 U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents and deportation officers said Mr. Obama’s policies force them to choose between enforcing the law and being reprimanded by superiors, or listening to superiors and violating their own oaths of office and a 1996 law that requires them to demand proof of legal status from those they suspect are not in the country legally.

Upping the ante, the agents are being represented by a high-profile lawyer, Kris W. Kobach, secretary of state in Kansas and the chief promoter of state immigration crackdowns such as Arizona’s tough law.

“ICE is at a point now where agents are being told to break federal law, they’re pretty much told that any illegal alien under age of 31 is going to be let go. You can imagine, these law enforcement officers are being put in a horrible position,” Mr. Kobach said.

Last week the Homeland Security Department began taking applications from those 30 years of age or younger who came to the U.S. as children and who have kept a fairly clean criminal record. They are being granted “deferred action,” which is an official notice they are not to be deported, and will be granted work permits to stay and get jobs legally in the U.S.

Secretary Napolitano, President Obama, etcetera have staunchly defended the legality of their directives and claimed they’re well within their rights of ‘prosecutorial discretion,’ but some Congressional Republicans aren’t so sure the administration hasn’t overstepped its bounds.

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