House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Peter King told The Daily Caller he’s going to be looking into the Obama administration’s newly announced plans to selectively enforce illegal immigration law.
“The Administration is overstepping its authority by weakening immigration laws without Congressional approval,” King said in an email. “I am very concerned about efforts to administratively implement amnesty for countless illegal aliens under the age of 30. It is vital that US borders are secure prior to any consideration of amnesty proposals.”
“To that end, I am further opposed to an internal CBP memo deliberating an arbitrary change to enforcement policies, which will jeopardize border security,” King continued. “I have raised concerns for the past several years about the Administration’s efforts to scale back immigration enforcement. This latest move is even more serious because it signifies to potential illegal aliens that border agents will turn a blind eye. My Committee will be launching an immediate review into the possibility that DHS will direct Border Patrol agents to conduct selective enforcement. Border security is vital to national security, and it is concerning that the Administration is considering scaling back our efforts to secure the border.”
On Friday morning, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano announced the Obama administration’s plans to selectively enforce illegal immigration law by refusing to deport illegals brought to the U.S. as “young children,” effectively an administrative version of the DREAM Act.
“Our nation’s immigration laws must be enforced in a firm and sensible manner,” Napolitano said in a statement. “But they are not designed to be blindly enforced without consideration given to the individual circumstances of each case.”