Napalitano 'postpones' enforcement efforts

Washington Post:

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has delayed a series of proposed immigration raids and other enforcement actions at U.S. workplaces in recent weeks, asking agents in her department to apply more scrutiny to the selection and investigation of targets as well as the timing of raids, federal officials said.

A senior department official said the delays signal a pending change in whom agents at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement choose to prosecute -- increasing the focus on businesses and executives instead of ordinary workers.

"ICE is now scrutinizing these cases more thoroughly to ensure that [targets] are being taken down when they should be taken down, and that the employer is being targeted and the surveillance and the investigation is being done how it should be done," said the official, discussing Napolitano's views about sensitive law enforcement matters on the condition of anonymity.

"There will be a change in policy, but in the interim, you've got to scrutinize the cases coming up," the senior DHS official said, noting Napolitano's expectations as a former federal prosecutor and state attorney general.

Another DHS official said Napolitano plans to release protocols this week to ensure more consistent work-site investigations and less "haphazard" decision-making.

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Does that mean she is going to stop interfering with enforcement of the immigration laws? Probably not. The suggesting that you can focus on employers and not look at the people who came here illegally makes no sense. This is especially true in light of the Obama administrations cutting back on the e-Verify program that allows employers to check on the status of potential employees. What is happening here is that Democrats are pandering to the open borders crowd and they are showing a definite lack of seriousness about enforcing immigration laws. When it comes to the rule of law they take a pass on immigration laws.

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