According to the Washington Times, Aug. 23, 2013, the Obama administration's newest immigration policy is increasing the number of illegal immigrants, by upping the number it won't detain nor deport. The new policy was released Friday instructing border agents not to detain illegals if they have children with them.
In the event detaining parents with children cannot be avoided, as directed under the broad brush of Obama's policy of “prosecutorial discretion," and the parents are detained, the nine-page memo instructed that every effort must be made that the parents are allowed to visit with their children and participate in family court proceedings.
Remarkably, ICE, the very agency which must carry out this and a series of recent directives by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano which prioritize for budget reasons who the government will detain and try to deport, are among the biggest critics of recent Obama changes to enforcement policies..
Last month a Texas federal judge declined to take the case of ICE officers and agents suing to stop the directives because it flew in the face of the law that instructs them to arrest illegal immigrants. Although the judge agreed with their argument, he claimed lack of jurisdiction prevented him from hearing their case. According to law, the agents' concerns should be pursued as a collective bargaining matter for the ICE Union.
Speaking with MIke Huckabee on Fox News, the president of the National Immigration Enforcement Council, Chris Crane, said there were "zero" new officers and agents, "zero" new ICE agents added in the bi-partisan Senate immigration bill. These are the agents, and there are only 5000 of them, who actually enforce immigration laws once illegal immigrants thwart border security.
Crane said the Senate members were unwilling to work with them, but there was a "day and night difference" in the attitude from members of the House of Representatives. The Senate bill is "a terrible bill," claimed Crane. "It allows a path to citizenship for members of criminal street gangs. It allows a path to citizenship for people who have been convicted of three or more offenses." Crane shook his head, because, "People just don't realize."