ICE official John Morton may decline to process illegal aliens from Arizona. Jim Hoft:
He didn't go out on that limb on his own, of course.
John Morton, assistant secretary of homeland security for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
Top Obama official told reporters from the Chicago Tribune today that the administration has no intention of processing illegal aliens referred by Arizona!
Sen. Jeff Sessions:
“I don’t think the Arizona law, or laws like it, are the solution,” Morton told the newspaper.
The best way to reduce illegal immigration is through a comprehensive federal approach, he said, and not a patchwork of state laws.
Krauthammer calls it lawless:
Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-AL, said it appeared the Obama administration is "nullifying existing law" and suggested Morton may not be the right person for his post if he fails to enforce federal immigration law.
"If he feels he cannot enforce the law, he shouldn't have the job," Sessions told Fox News. "That makes him, in my view, not fulfilling the responsibilities of his office."
Sessions said the U.S. government has "systematically failed" to enforce federal immigration law and claimed Morton's statement is an indication that federal officials do not plan on working with Arizona authorities regarding its controversial law.
"They're telegraphing to every ICE agency in America that they really don't intend on cooperating with Arizona," Sessions said. "The federal government should step up and do it. It's their responsibility."
But Judge Andrew Napolitano says ICE has discretion:
In that case, what will happen to the illegal aliens that Arizona apprehends?
Fox News legal analyst Judge Andrew Napolitano said ICE is not obligated to process illegal immigrants referred to them by Arizona authorities.
"ICE has the legal discretion to accept or not to accept persons delivered to it by non-federal personnel," Napolitano said. "It also has the discretion to deport or not to deport persons delivered to it by any government agents, even its own."
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