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If an ICE Agent Crosses Obama on Immigration...

Feb. 26, 2015

Let’s suppose there’s an enterprising Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agent who doesn’t follow the “prioritized deportation” policies handed down by a lawmaking president, but instead, follows the letter of the law. MSNBC’s Jose Diaz-Balart asked Barack Obama, “How do you ensure that ICE and Border Patrol won’t be deporting people like this. What are the consequences?” And Obama answered that agent would have trouble. “The bottom line is that if somebody’s working for ICE,” Obama said, “and there’s a policy, and they don’t follow the policy, there’s going to be consequences to it. So I can’t speak to a specific problem. What I can talk about is what’s true in the government generally. In the U.S. military, when you get an order, you’re expected to follow it.” In effect, Obama is saying his executive action on immigration – although unconstitutional and stayed by a federal judge – has the force of law and his authority as commander in chief behind it. Beware any lowly law enforcement official who doesn’t fall into line. More…

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