Two unions, representing 20,000 Department of Homeland Security immigration enforcement employees, are opposed to the immigration bill proposed by the so-called "gang of 8," which critics have labeled an amnesty bill.
On April 23, 2013, I wrote about the President of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council Chris Crane testifying before Congress Monday, harshly criticizing the process the so-called "Gang of 8" used in writing their immigration bill, including special interest groups in favor of amnesty for illegal aliens and "purposely excluding" law enforcement officers.
(The video of his testimony is embedded in the link above.)
Crane told the Judiciary Committee:
Lawmaking in our nation has indeed taken a strange twist. Senators invite illegal aliens to testify before Congress…but American citizens working as law enforcement officers within our nation’s broken immigration system are purposely excluded from the process and prohibited from providing input.
Suffice it to say, following the Boston terrorist attack, I was appalled to hear the Gang of Eight telling America that its legislation was what American law enforcement needs.
Today the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council officially joins with the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council in opposing the Senate's version of immigration reform.
According to Kenneth Palinkas, president of the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council, the bill would create an "insurmountable bureaucracy" within the NCISC, and argues that the proposed legislation would interfere with the jobs of officers who were already “"pressured to rubber stamp applications instead of conducting diligent case review and investigation."
The press release states, "Yet, like the ICE Council,the USC IS Council was not consulted in the crafting of the Gang of Eight's legislation. Instead, the legislation was written with special interests-producing a bill that makes the current system worse, not better. S. 744 will damage public safety and national security and should be opposed by lawmaker."
The full press release will be embedded below the post.
One has to wonder who the "gang of 8" did consult, if not the organizations and law enforcement officers on the front line.
The men and women responsible for upholding the law are the very people deliberately excluded by the politicians who sit behind their desks and decide what those law enforcement officials need, yet do not consult them about their true needs.
There is something very wrong with this picture.
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