If you are keeping a list of impeachable charges against Barack Hussein Obama, you may want to add this one to the list. Congress passed a bill and Obama signed it into law. Then Obama defies the law he just signed.
The US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has had a position of public advocate that works on behalf of illegal aliens facing deportation. In February 2012, Andrew Lorenzen-Strait held that position. Earlier this year, Congress passed HR 933 that eliminated Strait’s position saying they no longer wanted to pay a federal employee to defend illegals. In March 2013, President Obama signed HR 933 which defunded and eliminated the position of public advocate for illegals.
But you know how Obama feels about illegals facing deportation don’t you? They are Democratic voters, even if they do vote illegally. He can’t have the government deporting his party’s support base.
In a defiance against Congress and the law that he signed, Obama had the position held by Strait changed to read deputy assistant director of custody programs and community outreach. The job description is basically the same as that of the public advocate and Strait continues to perform the same duties he did before, mostly defending illegals facing deportation.
Ira Mehlman, Media Director for Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR) is pointing the finger at Obama for openly ignoring and defying Congress, saying:
“Congress had said [it wasn’t] going to pay for somebody in the federal bureaucracy to serve as an advocate for the illegal aliens. Then the administration said, We’ll just retitle the position, essentially leave the same job description, and go ahead and do this anyway.”
“So far they have not run into any serious resistance from Congress – and so they keep doing it.”
“This is really evidence of the fact that even if we pass a bill that includes strong enforcement provisions – which the Senate bill does not; but even if the House were to put [such provisions] in there, there is no guarantee whatever that the administration would actually carry them out.”
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