“It’s going to demoralize immigration. ICE officers will again be issued orders basically to stand down. No enforcement is going to occur,” Sessions said in a speech on the Senate floor. “It will be the effective end of immigration enforcement in America in my opinion.”
Sessions told explained the plight of Immigration and Customs Enforcement National Council President Chris Crane, who has publicly stated how his officers are ordered not to do their job.
Two years ago, ICE officers sued then-Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and then-ICE Director John Morton over the administration’s deportation policy, asking the court to overturn the president’s directive to suspend deportation proceedings and offer work authorization to illegals brought to the U.S. as children, Fox News reported on Aug. 23, 2012.
“Can you imagine that? I’ve been in law enforcement a long time, federal law enforcement [for] 15 years. I’ve never heard of a situation in which a group of law officers sue their supervisor, saying … federal judge, my supervisor is causing me on a daily basis, ordering me not to do what my duty and my oath requires. That’s a stunning development,” Sessions said.
“Their morale for years has been one of the lowest in the federal government. Now I think it is the lowest, because they’ve been demeaned and rejected in the duty they believe is worthwhile for them to carry out,” he added.
“So one of the things Mr. Crane explained is that the president’s previous executive amnesty for the so-called Dreamers basically halted enforcement for anyone who asserted protections under that new administration policy,” Sessions said.
Crane reported that ICE officers would be called by local law enforcement who arrested illegals for some serious crime, and ICE would be forced to release the suspects after they claimed they were brought into the country illegally as children.
“And nobody’s gonna do an investigation on this. How do you investigate it? And so … the effect is to demoralize and make it difficult, almost impossible to enforce the law,” Sessions said.
“Now imagine then what would happen if the president expands this amnesty and work authorization program to cover millions of unlawful immigrants of all ages. Everyone ICE comes in contact with will assert these protections -‘I am qualified under the president’s amnesty,’” Sessions said.
“So what then? Will the FBI open investigations, check when they entered the country or who they entered the country with and where they came from? They’re not going to do that. Of course not,” Sessions said.
Because ICE officers won’t be able to investigate false claims of the people they’ve arrested, “it’s going to demoralize immigration. ICE officers will again be issued orders basically to stand down. No enforcement is going to occur,” Sessions said. “It will be the effective end of immigration enforcement in America in my opinion.
“You cannot maintain an effective, lawful, consistent, fair immigration enforcement policy with these kind of regulations occurring and these kind of orders from the White House, who is the chief executive officer of America, who is empowered and directed to ensure that the laws of the United States are carried out, not empowered to violate the laws of the United States,” he said.