Seeking the truth about President Obama's recent executive order dictating that the DREAM Act by implemented by fiat, Senator Jeff Sessions lent his microphone to two different individuals today, both of whom would know something about the issue. What they had to say was not particularly encouraging.
Sessions introduced his two guests as Chris Crane, President of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, which is the union that represents immigration and customs enforcement agents, and George McCubbin, President of National Border Patrol Council, which represents 17,000 border patrol agents and support staff.
Crane was the first to speak.
"It's impossible to understand the full scope of the administration's changes, but what we are seeing so far concerns us greatly," Crane said.
As an example of what might be causing this concern, Crane cited the issue of prosecutorial discretion for what he called "DREAMers," IE illegal immigrants covered by President Obama's new executive order. According to Crane's description, the order has effectively allowed prosecutors to treat these individuals as not only immune to immigration law, but immune to practically all law. Moreover, any illegal immigrant can simply claim to have a GED, or be enrolled in high school, and the law will be applied to them with no questions asked.
"There is no burden for the alien to prove anything," Crane said.
As to the lawlessness charge, Crane brought up a story of an illegal immigrant who was arrested on four different charges, several of which were felonies, and only one of which was related to his immigration status. Yet the reaction from prosecutors was to let the immigrant in question walk out without the least trace of concern.
"He's a DREAMer. Release him," Crane remarked bitterly to summarize the response of prosecutors.
McCubbin, for his part, accused Homeland Secretary Janet Napolitano of painting an unrealistically rosy picture of her record on immigration, while simultaneously surrounding herself with "Yes" men.
"When you surround yourself with people who always say 'yes,' you will get the answer you want," McCubbin said.
Watch excerpts of the press conference, courtesy of Senator Sessions' office, below: