The Senate Immigration Subcommittee led by Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) has launched an investigation into whether the Obama administration’s Department of Homeland security retaliated against immigration officers for simply doing their jobs and enforcing the law.
In February of this year, President Obama said during a televised town hall meeting that there could be “consequences” for immigration enforcement officers who are not willing to ignore immigration statutes on the books in favor of the president’s executive actions.
“There may be individual officials or Border Patrol who aren’t paying attention to our new directives,” the president said. “But they’re going to be answerable to the head of the Department of Homeland Security, because he’s been very clear about what our priorities should be… If somebody is working for ICE and there is a policy and they don’t follow the policy, there are going to be consequences to it.”
Sessions’ subcommittee on Tuesday sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson criticizing the president’s remarks and asking for insight into whether he had taken any disciplinary action against any immigration officials for enforcing the law.
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