The law enforcement officers who are on the front line of public safety have gone public with their objections to plans announced by the White House to cut off funding for critical law enforcement activities in the event that the Department of Homeland Services becomes a victim of the Democrat party’s senate filibuster of a related funding bill.

The bill, passed by the House, fully funds DHS but prohibits funding of any DHS activity in furtherance of President Obama’s executive action authority deferred prosecution, and permitting work permits for up to five million illegal aliens. Unless Congress also permits funding of the executive action, the White House will withhold funds for federal programs for drug and bomb sniffing dogs, tanker trucks for fire departments, and other similar critical safety assets.  

Milwaukee Sheriff David Clarke accused Obama and DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson of using “strong arm tactics” to get the funding they need for the President’s desired amnesty program. “It’s nothing more than alarmist rhetoric from the Secretary. He’s playing politics with the homeland security of the United States.” 

Clarke was joined in this opinion by Larimer County Sheriff Justin Smith, who said, “Let me get this straight – The President believes he has the authority to nullify federal laws that don’t serve his personal agenda, but if Congress dares to exercise its responsibility of controlling the purse strings, he will willingly hold public safety grants hostage just to get his way?” 

That seems to get to the heart of the matter. This is hostage-taking with America’s safety and security serving in the role of the hostage. 

As it happens, it was not any of these sheriffs but the Republican senate majority that blinked first in this face-off with the President. Fearful of negative publicity, even though it has been the Democrat filibuster that has caused DHS to face a shutdown, majority leader Mitch McConnell has agreed to permit funding of DHS with no restrictions as to enforcement of the immigration-related executive orders.  

One might ask how DHS has jurisdiction over the issuance of work permits to illegal aliens in the first place. How can that bear any connection to the furtherance of the security of our homeland? President Obama, in any event, by promising to veto any DHS funding bill that limits his executive action on illegal immigration, is clearly placing his extralegal program ahead of the nation’s security. And the republicans have decided not to challenge him on it.






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