Friday, February 24, 2017
Immigration: Since when is enforcing an existing law something to be derided and scoffed at. Border Security, Homeland Security Enterprise, Immigration Enforcement
The law that Kelly plans to enforce is the 1965 Immigration and Nationality Act, which was approved by 52 Democrats in the Senate and 202 Democrats in the House in a Democrat-controlled Congress.
Congress began debating and would eventually pass the Immigration and Naturalization Act of 1965, co-sponsored by Representative Emanuel Celler of New York and Senator Philip Hart of Michigan and heavily supported by the late president’s brother, Senator Ted Kennedy of Massachusetts. During Congressional debates, a number of experts testified that little would effectively change under the reformed legislation, and it was seen more as a matter of principle to have a more open policy. And was approved by 52 Democrats in the Senate and 202 Democrats in the House in a Democrat-controlled Congress.
Indeed, on signing the act into law in October 1965, President Lyndon B. Johnson stated that the act “is not a revolutionary bill. It does not affect the lives of millions….It will not reshape the structure of our daily lives or add importantly to either our wealth or our power.”
What the memos say, however, is that DHS will enforce the 1965 law.
Critics say, for example, Kelly wants to enlist local law enforcement to help identify and arrest illegals. CNN says the memos "expand the federal government's ability to empower state and local law enforcement agencies to perform the functions of immigration officers."
Not true. This ability is drawn directly from the 1965 law and has been used ever since as a "force multiplier." It was Obama who sharply scaled the program back — after he won re-election in 2012.
The decision to ship illegals back to Mexico, even if they came from another country, is also drawn directly from the law — which also, by the way, makes it clear that illegals can be deported simply for the crime of being in the country illegally.
As far as "stripping" immigrants of "privacy protections," what Kelly's memo actually says is that DHS will abide by the 1974 Privacy Act, which provides privacy protections for information collected by the federal government about U.S. citizens. These protections, the law makes clear, do not extend to visitors or aliens.
In early 2009, the DHS decided on its own to extend the Privacy Act to illegals, because it was easier to do so. Kelly's memo simply rescinds that 2009 "guidance memorandum."
This doesn't strip immigrants of any privacy rights — which they didn't have to begin with — but simply better aligns DHS policy with federal law.
It's true that Kelly plans to hire 10,000 more agents and officers, but many of these personnel will go toward speeding up what is an absurdly long removal process and to better enforcing existing laws.
In any case, the memos make clear that DHS still intends to prioritize their deportation efforts on illegals who are 1) criminals, 2) drug traffickers or 3) national security risks. Anyone want to object to that? Source: IBD
Posted by Barbara at 4:36 PM