ICE Director John T. Morton has taken failure to enforce to a new level, by flat out saying he may not accept illegal immigration detainees from Arizona law enforcement officials.
Federal Law provides for the capture, processing, and prosecution and/or deportation of people who are in violation of our nation's immigration laws. There is no murky question about it.
To deliberately refrain from carrying out the duties and responsibilities of the office that law-enforcement and national security officials hold, either by election or by Senate confirmation, seems to clearly be in violation of law, and in direct opposition to the sworn oath these people take to defend and uphold the Constitution.
Wikipedia's discussion of High Crimes and Misdemeanors:
High crimes and misdemeanors is a phrase from Section 4 of Article Two of the United States Constitution: "The President, Vice President and all civil officers of the United States, shall be removed from office on impeachment for, and conviction of, treason, bribery, or other high crimes and misdemeanors."
"High" in the legal parlance of the 18th century means "against the State". A high crime is one which seeks the overthrow of the country, which gives aid or comfort to its enemies, or which injures the country to the profit of an individual or group. In democracies and similar societies it also includes crimes which attempt to alter the outcome of elections.
...and so, by deliberately not waging appropriate war on those who violate our borders, how can anyone pretend that this is not giving aid and comfort to our country's enemy?
Further, it seems clear to me that those aiding and comforting foreign invaders of our borders are seeking compatriot allegiances with individuals and groups for the purpose of affecting the outcome of future elections.
You can attempt to dress it up any way you please, but when you blow away all the chaff, this is what you are left with. The buck in this case starts with John T. Morton and if he fails to take corrective action, the buck rests finally and firmly on the shoulders of President Obama.
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