The President of the United States is, by his own account, a Constitutional scholar. So when he repeatedly claimed that the Constitution tied his hands on U.S. immigration policy, you’d be forgiven for assuming he knew what he was talking about. No policy changes were possible. Turns out he was against them before he was for them. And now, thanks to a DHS memo unearthed by washingtonexaminer.com, we learn some of the devilish details of the President’s hands-on immigration U-turn. We can contemplate the new policy detailing which illegal immigrants get booted and which undocumented proto-Americans get to stay – even if they’re convicted of a crime. Turns out that . . .
Priority one is the “highest priority to which enforcement resources should be directed,” the memo says. The category includes “aliens engaged in or suspected of terrorism or espionage, or who otherwise pose a danger to national security.” It also includes “aliens apprehended at the border or ports of entry while attempting to unlawfully enter the United States.” In addition, any illegal immigrant convicted of an offense involving a criminal street gang, or convicted of a felony — provided that immigration status was not an “essential element” of the charge — is targeted. Finally, any illegal immigrant convicted of an aggravated felony is included in Priority One.
The guidelines say Priority One aliens “must be prioritized” for deportation unless they qualify for asylum or unless there are “compelling and exceptional” factors that indicate the alien is not a threat.
Priority two offenders, whose cases are less urgent then criminals in priority one, include the following:
aliens convicted of a “significant misdemeanor,” which for these purposes is an offense of domestic violence; sexual abuse or exploitation; burglary; unlawful possession or use of a firearm; drug distribution or trafficking; or driving under the influence; or if not an offense listed above, one for which the individual was sentenced to time in custody of 90 days or more (the sentence must involve time to be served in custody, and does not include a suspended sentence) . . .
The guidelines say priority two aliens “should” be removed — not “must,” as with priority one — unless they qualify for asylum or there are “factors” indicating the alien is not a threat. It’s a significantly lower standard than priority one.
So the President who wants to ban “assault weapons” and “high-capacity magazines” and supports “universal background checks” for any and all firearms sales or transfers among and between legal Americans has instructed the DHS to treat illegal aliens convicted of a firearms offense – a felony – as a “significant misdemeanor.” And give them a chance to prove that they are “not a threat.”
Perhaps the President should have spent a minute or two at the ojjpac.com page Victims of Illegal Aliens Memorial. Or just look at the pic above. That’s Placer County Sheriff’ Investigator Michael David Davis, Jr., murdered by Luis Enrique Monroy-Bracamonte, a twice deported thrice-arrested illegal alien from Mexico. ‘Nuff said? [h/t SLM]