Obama is the first president of the United States to blatantly refuse to enforce US laws. Obama used an Executive Order to stop state & federal law enforcement agencies from deporting illegal immigrants. Then when the Supreme Court ruled that Arizona law enforcement officers could ask for immigration status when conducting an investigation, Obama ordered ICE not to cooperate with them.
From AZ Central:
A federal unit that answers calls from local police to identify and deport illegal immigrants has been scaled back, leaving the team shorthanded just as local police prepare to start enforcing Arizona’s immigration law.
The unit operated by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement was created in 2006 to respond to requests for assistance from local police 24 hours a day, 365 days a year in the Phoenix area, long a major hub for illegal-immigrant smuggling.
But in June, ICE began reassigning members of the unit to help round up illegal immigrants in other states. It comes at a time when human-smuggling activity is down in the Phoenix area and the agency has shifted its priorities to deporting the most dangerous illegal immigrants.
Not to mention that Obama shut down 9 Border Patrol stations to make sure illegal immigrants won’t be caught or prosecuted.
But some immigration-enforcement advocates worry that downsizing the unit could further hamper ICE’s ability to respond to calls from local police trying to enforce Arizona’s immigration law, known as Senate Bill 1070.
Department of Homeland Security officials have already directed immigration-enforcement officials in Arizona not to deport illegal immigrants identified through enforcement of SB 1070 unless they meet the agency’s priorities.
For the past year, ICE has shifted its priorities to focus on removing dangerous criminals, recent border crossers and repeat immigration violators, including those who have disobeyed orders to leave the country.
That has angered proponents of tough immigration enforcement who want ICE to deport as many illegal immigrants as possible.
“Secondary to ICE’s ability to respond is the concern that the Obama administration has ordered them, even if they have the personnel, not to respond to any suspected illegal immigrant unless that individual has a serious criminal record or has previously been deported. That’s the Number 1 enforcement problem,” said state Rep. John Kavanagh, R-Fountain Hills, one of the main backers of the Arizona law.
“Assuming we get a president next year who takes his oath of office to enforce laws seriously, then the lack of staffing of this special unit will be an issue.”