Posted by AzBlueMeanie:
Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, who is Willard "Mittens" Romney's anti-immigation adviser and the author of Arizona's SB 1070, is representing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials who believe that Obama’s immigration action requires them to break federal law. The suit [pdf], which names Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and ICE Director John Morton as defendants, was filed Thursday afternoon in a Dallas federal court. Romney adviser files immigration suit:
“The Directive is an extension of the DREAM Act, which was rejected by Congress, and aims to grant an amnesty to 1.7 million illegal aliens. It violates federal immigration laws that require certain aliens to be placed in removal proceedings,” Kobach said in a statement.
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The plaintiffs argue that such a decision requires legislative approval, and are asking the court to declare it unconstitutional. Obama’s directive resembles the DREAM Act, which most recently failed to pass the Senate in 2010 and put forth similar criteria that would allow some illegal immigrants to stay in the country.
If the directive isn’t vacated, the plaintiffs argue, officers will face conflicting federal laws and fear punishment.
“We are federal law enforcement officers who are being ordered to break the law,” Chris Crane, plaintiff and president of the ICE Agents and Officers Union, said in a statement. “This directive puts ICE agents and officers in a horrible position.”
Romney spokesman Ryan Williams called the directive “unprecedented” and also questioned if it was within the president’s authority.
“The courts will have to sort this out, but this kind of uncertainty is unacceptable as these young people brought here as children are seeking clarity on their long-term status. The president’s action ruined a bipartisan effort in Congress to forge a long-term solution for these young people. Mitt Romney will work with Congress to forge a long-term solution that will supersede the president’s stop gap measure and give these young people certainty,” he said in a statement.
Just yesterday the Romney campaign was talking about their Latino voter outreach. Yeah, this ought to do it.