File this Under ‘So What’s New on Immigration’
Federal Government Refuses to Enforce Immigration Law on the Southwest Border
Heritage Foundation: By David Inserra, March 4, 2014
The Arizona Daily Star reports that less than half the people picked up by an Arizona Department of Public Safety officer and suspected to be in the country illegally are taken into custody by federal immigration officials or jailed. Despite the best efforts of state and local law enforcement officials to enforce U.S. immigration laws, the federal government is ultimately in charge, and it has little interest in enforcing the law.
Under President Obama, federal immigration agencies are hamstrung, permitted to enforce only certain laws on certain people in certain conditions. When local police have faithfully performed their duties and identified potentially unlawful immigrants, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) officers are in many cases able to take custody of only the most dangerous criminal aliens.