House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte, R-Roanoke County, blasted an Obama Administration policy directive that immigration officials exercise “prosecutorial discretion” (lawyer-speak for declining to bring a case) against illegal immigrations who are the main caretakers of minor children or who are involved in family court matters involving a minor or who are parents or legal guardians whose minor children are U.S. citizens or lawful permanent residents.
“President Obama has once again abused his authority and unilaterally refused to enforce our current immigration laws by directing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents to stop removing broad categories of unlawful immigrants,” Goodlatte said.
“ The primary reason why our immigration system is broken today is because our immigration laws have largely been ignored by past and present administrations. It’s imperative that we prevent this from happening again by taking away the enforcement ‘on/off’ switch from the President,” he said.
Goodlatte said the new directive, which is signed by the acting director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, “also poisons the debate surrounding immigration reform and shows that the Administration is not serious about fixing our broken immigration system. Instead of working with Congress to address problems with our immigration system, the President is working against us…
“President Obama’s disregard for the rule of law only encourages more illegal immigration,” he added.