Ten Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents Thursday filed suit against Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano (pictured) and ICE Director John Morton, claiming selective enforcement of the nation's immigration laws are forcing them to break the law and ignore their duty in the deportation of Illegal aliens, Fox News reported. The suit, filed in Texas federal court, claims that directives requiring agents to allow some illegal immigrants to stay and, in some cases, apply for work permits, forces then to "violate federal law" and "unconstitutionally usurps and encroaches upon the legislative powers of Congress."
While President Obama is not named in the suit, it appears aimed at the policy recently announced by the president of not deporting immigrants who came here illegally as children and have remained. The policy does not apply to convicted felons.
Republicans and Democrats will no doubt trade charges in this election over who is politicizing the issue more. Obama's policy has been described as a bid for more of the Latin American vote this November, while the lead attorney for the ICE plaintiffs, Kansas Secretary of State Kris Kobach, is an adviser to Mitt Romney and co-author of the controversial Arizona immigration law giving police in that state power to apprehend suspected illegal immigrants. The law was recently upheld by the U.S. Supreme Court.
Kobach likened the immigration policy to the Justice Department's "Fast and Furious" operation that was supposed to nab illegal gunrunners, but resulted in thousands of guns crossing the border and winding up in the hands of Mexican drug cartels.
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Photo of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano: AP Images