Sen. Jeff Sessions calls for head of ICE's resignation
AL lawmaker sounds off
- Duration 4:00
- Date Jan 29, 2013
AL lawmaker sounds off
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We put more boots on the ground on the southern border than at any time in our history.
And today illegal crossings are down nearly 80% from their peak in.
The White House claims border security is better than ever but is it a lawsuit.
Just allowed to move forward claims the administration is ordering border agents to look the other way.
In response Alabama Republican senator Jeff Sessions today is calling for the head of ice John Morton to resign.
Morton can no longer effectively serve at this post.
And perhaps more importantly there can be no comprehensive immigration -- form.
As long as he's in -- the person in -- -- forcing it.
Senator with us now thank you for joining us senator sessions -- so tell us a little bit about it -- so.
He's the problem only with mr.
-- and ice.
Well it's a big part of the enforcement problem I says the interior enforcement.
And not ice -- -- association has unanimously voted no confidence in his leadership.
They say he's hostile to them and there are efforts to enforce the law and as you indicated they've actually city and far right interfering with their lawful -- to enforce the law.
And the court is allowing Nancy to go forward so -- he's issued a regulation and I'm directive after directive that hampers their ability to enforce.
Along -- in my understanding this right ice officers ice agents want to.
Want to stop people from coming across and they've been told from the top from mr.
Morton looked the other way let them go is that is that the accusation.
While I seriously yes -- fundamentally has authority inside the border.
And they've been -- in any number of different directors and proposals from.
From my mister Martin including.
Of the DREAM Act that was rejected three times about congress they just refuse to enforce the law and he young -- that.
This caused quite a morale problem in it.
I say just they -- very dissatisfied.
-- I don't see how that we can be confident.
In any sense that if he were to be in charge of some new law that he would enforce it -- any better.
I think his -- him to go and now the president needs to create some sense of confidence that his people will follow the law and enforce the law.
Yeah I think that would be did the ball go a long way at least have meets these people's confidence and maybe the president's proposals so we we'd like to read a statement from ice says put ice remains focused.
On Smart effective immigration enforcement that prioritizes.
The removal of criminal aliens recent border cross -- is an egregious immigration law.
Violators and that's intimate portrait view.
Believe what they're telling us.
They've been this constricting the ability of -- agents -- got example after example of being disciplined.
We're trying to even people who have assaulted the officers were directed to be all released.
-- because it violated the president's policies and that's what they've been told time and again and -- -- really sore spot here.
So there's -- -- -- so guys let me get this straight so that is is the idea is that is that the thought here is that the president has a mandate that's trickle down to.
Morton who has now said to his border agents if you see people come across the border.
Unless they're breaking the law -- are hurting someone killing someone bringing drugs over.
Look the other way.
It they're two different aspects here the Border Patrol has the primary responsibility on the border.
Is the ice agents have the primary responsibility.
In the inside the interior of the country in this that's where are so many problems have occurred.
And I really don't really have -- say Jeff Sessions thank you so much how we got a -- we got a picture back what to say thank you know okay thank you.