A damning court opinion by Texas federal judge Andrew Hanen "opened a window onto the sheer lawlessness of the Obama administration–in particular, the Department of Homeland Security," as reported Thursday by John Hinderaker of Powerline.
As Caroline May of the Daily Caller explained on Thursday, the DHS apprehended a "coyote," or human smuggler, who was paid by an illegal immigrant to smuggle her child over the border. Judge Hanan noted that what this mother, Salmeron Santos, did was potentially deadly for her child.
“In the last year, this Court has seen instances where aliens being smuggled were assaulted, raped, kidnapped and or killed..."
Astonishingly, instead of arresting the human smuggler and starting deportation proceedings for the mother, the DHS delivered the minor to her mother living illegally in Virginia at taxpayer expense.
The judge in the case said,
"...instead of enforcing the laws of the United States, the Government took direct steps to help the individuals who violated it. A private citizen would, and should, be prosecuted for this conduct."
As Hanen noted, the illegal immigrant broke at least two laws - one, entering the country illegally and two, paying a human smuggler $8500. to "to transfer her child from El Salvador to Virginia," as reported at NumbersUSA, who quoted Judge Hanan as saying,
"this was the fourth recent case in which the Border Patrol apprehended a 'coyote' smuggling a child, then delivered the child to illegal-alien parents..."
"Time and again this Court has been told by representatives of the Government and the defense that cartels control the entire smuggling process. These entities are not known for their concern for human life....The Government is not only allowing them to fund the illegal and evil activities of these cartels, but is also inspiring them to do so.”
This case is reminiscent of warnings given earlier this year by the U.S. Citizenship & Immigration
Services union, (USCIS).
In a must-read press release urging lawmakers to "oppose the Senate immigration bill," union officials claim that the immigration legislation "fails to address some of the most serious concerns" they have about the current immigration processes, and that the ultimate impact of the legislation would "weaken public safety," as reported at the New York Times.
As reported at the Examiner,
"One of the chief complaints from the enforcement officers is that their hands have been tied in enforcing the law."
Last month, a little-reported planned mass border crossing was attempted, which resulted in the injuries of several border patrol agents who were pelted with rocks and plastic bottles filled with water, as reported at Gather News. Without proper enforcement of immigration laws, it is not a stretch to believe that even after legislation is passed, these types of activities will continue, putting America at risk.
The attempted mass border crossing was similar to those that occurred shortly after the 1986 immigration legislation passed under President Reagan. That legislation is similar to current legislation, which makes one wonder why it is necessary to create new laws when other laws are already in place, but not being followed?