A top Department of Homeland Security official reportedly said his agency will not necessarily process illegal immigrants referred to them by Arizona authorities.Got that? The Obama Administration, members of which couldn't even be bothered to read the short Arizona legislation before attacking it, may now play the "we don't like your law, so we won't process the criminals that you send to us" card.
John Morton, assistant secretary of homeland security for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, made the comment during a meeting on Wednesday with the editorial board of the Chicago Tribune, the newspaper reports. [...]
In response to Morton's comments, DHS officials said President Obama has ordered the Department of Justice to examine the civil rights and other implications of the law. [...]
Meanwhile, DHS Secretary Janet 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."
Well, if the administration follows through on that, then I'd like to make a suggestion for a new piece of legislation that should be passed by the State of Arizona: Anyone convicted of a crime that was committed in Arizona while the offender was in the state and the nation illegally will be sentenced to 5 years in prison if the crime that was committed was a gross misdemeanor, and 15 years to life if the crime that was committed was a felony. Arizona doesn't need to turn them over to the feds; they can just hold them in work farms where the fruits of the inmates' labor can be used to offset the cost of the facility and the cost of enforcing the law that the feds won't.
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