ICE Director Sarah Saldana told a subcommittee of the House Budget Committee that a directive from Barack Obama trumps congressionally passed laws. As a law enforcement officer, she has a duty to uphold US immigration law as well as the constitution, which says in no uncertain terms that congress has the sole responsibility to pass laws. Rep. Don Young (R-Iowa) took exception to her statement and sought to establish that she was actually saying that Obama and not the law decides what her job is:
“If I had policies or directives that were contrary to the law, I would understand if they didn’t want to follow them. I would expect them to follow the law first.”
Saldana told Young that she disagreed with that statement and passed it off as any executive who instructs a subordinate in any company in America. Young passed up a prime opportunity to put that statement into perspective. He should have asked her if an executive could order a subordinate to rape the head of the secretarial pool or face the consequences. After all, Obama threatened ICE workers that failing to follow his illegal orders would have consequences for them:
“If somebody’s working for ICE, and there’s a policy and they don’t follow the policy, there are going to be consequences to it.”
Saldana said that she doesn’t consider that a threat.
Congress has the right to conduct an impeachment vote against Saldana. The statute clearly states that a government official can be removed from office for willfully committing a felony. Unfortunately if spines were selling for 2 cents a pound, republicans couldn’t raise a nickel.
Courtesy of Red Statements.