Sheriffs unhappy with ICE chief visit

ARIZONA BORDERS AND CITIZEN SAFETY...Image by roberthuffstutter via Flickr
Washington Times:

Two key sheriffs along the Arizona-Mexico border on Tuesday called a planned visit by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Assistant Secretary John Morton a "political stunt" and described as "pathetic" Obama administration attempts to "cover up its inaction in protecting our borders."

"The administration blew past their promised Aug. 1 deadline to send 524 National Guard troops to Arizona, and now they are trying to appear concerned by sending the ICE director, who recently received a vote of 'no confidence' by ICE's union," Arizona Sheriffs Paul Babeu of Pinal County and Larry Dever of Cochise County said in a tersely worded statement.

Noting that Mr. Morton's planned visit Wednesday follows an aggressively litigated lawsuit by the Justice Department against Arizona over a tough new state immigration law, they challenged President Obama and Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, a former Arizona governor, to visit the border themselves. A separate case filed by the American Civil Liberties Union charges that the law involves racial profiling and names the sheriffs in all 15 Arizona counties as defendants.

"While he may be on vacation or fundraising, we in Cochise and Pinal counties cannot take a vacation from the hundreds of thousands of illegals that continue to break our laws each day and threaten the safety and security of our residents," said Sheriff Babeu, president of the Arizona Sheriffs' Association.

"As hidden-camera footage from the border has shown, illegal immigrants coming across the border are skirting our laws and placing our deputies in harm's way," said Sheriff Dever, a member of the board of directors of the National Sheriffs' Association and a former president of the Arizona Sheriffs' Association.

"It seems as though the administration's standard procedure is to slap us with a lawsuit and delay help when we ask them to do their job," he said.

There is more.

The administration has alienated law enforcement all along the border with Mexico as well as the rank and file of ICE workers. That is because they have shown little committment to actually doing the hard work of protecting the border.

Morton has made his focus the criminal aliens who have already been arrested for crimes after they get into the US, instead of stopping them at the the border. This is not going to deter those coming across. It is also not going to spur self deportations needed to make the immigration laws effective.

They need to get people on the smuggling routes and arrest some people in a very public way. They also need to have very public arrest at work site raids. Both ofthese activities will deter illegals and increase self deportation.
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