For John, BLUF: Bamboozled. Nothing to see here; just move along.
Writing in The Washington Examiner yesterday, Reporter Paul Bedard gave us "Border agent: 'We might as well abolish our immigration laws altogether'". This link came from an item at Pajama Media, by Stephen Green, "The Border Vanishes".
Going back to the article in The Washington Examiner, here is the lede plus two:
In a shocking reversal of policy, U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents are being told to release illegal immigrants and no longer order them to appear at deportation hearings, essentially a license to stay in the United States, a key agent testified Thursday.Meanwhile, in the US Congress, Michigan Democrat Representative John Conyers is quoted: "Rep. Conyers: Illegal Aliens ‘Are Not Engaging in an Illegal Act’".♠ The Source is MRCTV and the Reporter is Ms Brittany M. Hughes, from yesterday. Here are the first three paragraphs:
What's more, the stand down order includes a requirement that the whereabouts of illegals released are not to be tracked.
"We might as well abolish our immigration laws altogether," suggested agent Brandon Judd, president of the National Border Patrol Council.
In a new and interesting twist on the ever-escalating immigration crisis, Rep. John Conyers (D-Mich.) alleged during a House Judiciary Committee meeting Thursday that many illegal aliens crossing the U.S. border unlawfully “are not engaging in an illegal act” at all, but are actually following federal law.I think there is a certain lack of trust out there across the Fruited Plain regarding immigration, legal and illegal.
Yep. A supporter of President Obama’s unilateral (and highly disputable) declaration that Central American migrants fleeing long-standing high crime rates in their home countries qualify as “refugees” under federal law, Conyers argued during a hearing on the ongoing border crisis that family units who cross into the United States from Mexico without authorization are actually acting in accordance with U.S. immigration law.
Hat tip to the InstaPundit.
Regards — Cliff
♠ Sort of reminds you of a former Commonwealth Attorney General, who told us "It's not illegal to be illegal in Massachusetts". By the way, it is Martha, not Marsha.