An informal adviser to Mitt Romney is representing 10 federal employees in a lawsuit aimed at undoing President Barack Obamaâ€™s June immigration directive.
Kansas secretary of state Kris Kobach is representing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials who believe that Obamaâ€™s immigration action requires them to break federal law. TheÂ suitÂ [pdf], which names Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano and ICE Director John Morton as defendants, was filed Thursday afternoon in a Dallas federal court.
â€œThe Directive is an extension of the DREAM Act, which was rejected by Congress, and aims to grant an amnesty to 1.7 million illegal aliens. It violates federal immigration laws that require certain aliens to be placed in removal proceedings,â€ Kobach said in a statement.
TheÂ directiveÂ allows young illegal immigrants who met certain criteria be allowed to stay in the country. To qualify, an individual must have come to the United States before they were 16 and be a student, high school graduate or military veteran. They must have also been in the country for five years, and not be considered a risk to national security or public safety.
The plaintiffs argue that such a decision requires legislative approval, and are asking the court to declare it unconstitutional. Obamaâ€™s directive resembles the DREAM Act, which most recently failed to pass the Senate in 2010 and put forth similar criteria that would allow some illegal immigrants to stay in the country.
If the directive isnâ€™t vacated, the plaintiffs argue, officers will face conflicting federal laws and fear punishment.
â€œWe are federal law enforcement officers who are being ordered to break the law,â€ Chris Crane, plaintiff and president of the ICE Agents and Officers Union, said in a statement. â€œThis directive puts ICE agents and officers in a horrible position.â€
To read more, more:Â http://www.politico.com/news/stories/0812/80069.html#ixzz24QTzHmja
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