A feeble executive implies a feeble execution of the government. A feeble execution is but another phrase for a bad execution; and a government ill executed, whatever may be its theory, must be, in practice, a bad government. Alexander Hamilton, Federalist No. 70, 1788
This opinion piece was written for the express value of “Our boys in Blue,” you guessed it, our local police and sheriff’s departments. I have no problem whatsoever commentating on what the Obama administration and their attitudes have done to this nation’s law enforcement agencies.
Personally if I were engaged in the law enforcement activities that most of the police departments are being confronted with on a daily basis quite openly what is it that I can do? There have been verbal assaults, charges of racism, and of course anything that Obama can muster up and assail against the law enforcement in this country. I do hope that you will read the referenced article.
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, Immigration 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.
Even then, individuals “referred from local police are four times as likely as others taken into Border Patrol custody to be released or plead their case before a judge, data from The Center for Investigative Reporting show.” So even when the federal government does pick up potentially unlawful individuals from local officials, it often just lets them go.