LatinaLista — Once upon a time being Commander-in-Chief meant that though people who worked in the various federal agencies disagreed with the man in the Oval Office, they may have griped among themselves but didn’t go public and certainly never held a joint press conference with the opposing political party.
Yet, for some reason, those days are gone for this administration. In a rare show of public disagreement, the president of the union representing Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers blasted his boss for authorizing the deferment of deportations for young people known as DREAMers.
To make this public display even more egregious and suspect, the union boss was accompanied by Republican senators.
The union boss, Chris Crane, alleged that some purported DREAMers were abusing the system.
“Prosecutorial discretion for dreamers is solely based on the individual’s claims. Our orders are if an alien says they went to high school, then let them go,” he said at a press conference with GOP senators. “Officers have been told that there is no burden for the alien to prove anything. … At this point we don’t even know why DHS has criteria at all, as there is no requirement or burden to prove anything on the part of the alien.
“We believe that significant numbers of people who are not dreamers are taking advantage of this practice to avoid arrest,” he said.
He then went on to say that any of the agents who complained about the policy were under threat of losing their jobs.
That Mr. Crane would align himself so publicly with Republican senators when denouncing the single most important policy to win over Latino voters thus far from this administration is not a coincidence. Nor does it show, as some conservative politicians hope, that Mr. Crane’s statement is a bipartisan observation.
It is very obvious that it is far from it. If it were, Crane would have made his charges known directly to ICE administrators, instead of bypassing them to call out the President directly. Also, he wouldn’t have done it at a press conference with Republican senators at his side.
Everyone is entitled to their own opinions but, as in every job, if you don’t like the policy — you quit. It’s probably true that the agents feel like their jobs are threatened because most employees who disagree with their employers can attest that’s what happens.
But the fact that Crane is trying to turn this into a federal witch hunt of those who disagree with Obama’s new policy is stretching the truth to comply with the Republican agenda.
If there is a criticism to be made of Obama, it’s that his administration has been too lenient with those who disregard past protocol and blatantly disrespect the office of the President and Obama himself by trying to publicly humiliate and insult him.
It’s time Obama showed leadership and clarified his new policy to ICE agents by offering to accept their resignations if they can’t comply — and sanction those who think the man in the Oval Office, their boss, is open game for public insult.