It’s a rough life being an ICE agent, especially these days.
Ever since President Obama decided he was a king and used an executive order to grant amnesty by unilaterally enacting the congressionally rejected Dream Act, ICE agents have been in a sort of limbo.
No longer able to do their jobs rounding up young illegal immigrants, they have also been ordered to ignore calls from law enforcement in Arizona since the Supreme Court upheld that state’s law allowing officers to inquire into detainees’ immigration status.
And with the closing of nine Border Patrol stations, the ICE folks must be spending a lot of time playing Pac-Man.
Chris Crane, president of the National ICE Council, told Fox News, “Morale is in the toilet right now. Most of the guys out in the field are just in an uproar.”
Obama’s executive order calls for officials to use prosecutorial discretion to let young illegal immigrants stay in the country.
Cox said that’s no discretion at all and ICE superiors are ordering officers to release suspects that don’t meet the Department of Homeland Security’s own criteria for release. In at least one case, an officer who refused what he believed to be an improper order was suspended.
The agents have apparently adopted a seige mentality and feel they are in a no-win situation.
“They’ve got their heads down,” Crane told Fox. “We feel like the administration is against us and not the people who are violating our laws.”
Meanwhile, the Department of Homeland Security is revving up its plans to use drones to keep an eye on American citizens.
In fact, the first American arrested with the assistance of a Predator drone had his appeal denied by a judge Wednesday.
Rodney Brossart, who probably would have landed in jail anyway, was arrested last year after a day-long standoff with law enforcement over his refusal to return six cows that wandered onto his North Dakota ranch.
At some point during the standoff, the DHS offered law enforcement the use of its drone, which let police determine Brossart’s and his family members’ locations on the ranch and whether they were armed.
The court on Wednesday ruled that use of the drone was proper and did not require a warrant.
Back on the border, Border Patrol agents are reporting a surge in border crossings by immigrants who claim to be “Dreamers,” eligible to be in the United States under Obama’s Dream Act order.
Among the immigrants is what’s being called an unprecedented surge of children. The strain on social support services has been so great that some of the children are being housed at military facilities in Texas and elsewhere.
In a recent press conference, Crane said that Border Patrol agents no longer have any criteria for turning people away from the border: “Our orders are: if an alien said they went to high school, then let them go. If they say they have a GED, then let them go. Officers have been told that there is no burden for the alien to prove anything.”
Since the executive order, there have also been reports of suspects in criminal cases being summarily released because “they’re Dreamers.”
With no controls on the border and increasing surveillance of Americans at home, the administration seems to be using an invading army in fighting a war against its own people.
By Tadd Cronn