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WASHINGTON – The Obama administration is making federal immigration agents “the enemy,” the president of the union of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers told a Senate panel Wednesday.
“It is clear that federal officers are the enemy and not the law breakers,” Chris Cane, president of the National ICE Council, said in a Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration reform.
He said Washington has limited the laws agents can enforce, put limits on their authority and imposed unreasonable rules on their actions.
Cane pointed to illegal aliens driving without licenses as one of the leading causes of death in America, costing 700 lives a month.
“ICE agents cannot arrest illegal aliens without a license unless they have previously been arrested for something else,” he said.
Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has described these policies as smart, he noted, but “nothing could be further from the truth.”
He said morale is at an all-time low, because the Obama administration has “excluded ICE agents from input on immigration reform.”
Sen. Jeff Session, R-Ala., asked Cane if the president or anyone in the administration asked for his input on how to improve immigration law.
No, he replied.
“In fact, they put out lists bragging” about special interests lobbying on the issue, he said.
As a result of White House policy, ICE “is not able or properly prepared to perform its mission,” he said.
“We have been shut out … and our union has been taken away from us,” he said.
Testifying alongside Cane was Janet Murguia of the National Council of La Raza, which Sen. Patrick Leahy, D-Vt., described as “the largest Hispanic civil rights organization.”
La Raza in Spanish means “the Race.”
Murguía spoke on the power of the Hispanic population, stating, “Our influence is growing.”
As Hispanics, she said, “We’re engaged and watching this debate closely.”
Murguia called current enforcement levels “intolerable.”
“The Latino community will not look favorably upon legislation that does not include a path to citizenship,” she said.
She challenged the notion that proposals that would given illegal aliens a path to citizenship amount to amnesty.
“This is not amnesty … amnesty is a pardon … this is earned citizenship,” she said.
Last year, in an interview on Al Sharpton’s radio show, Murguía called for a black-Latino alliance against Caucasians to “attack those common enemies.”
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While La Raza may be viewed by Hispanics as a civil rights organization, many secure-borders advocates describe it as a Mexican supremacist organization. Former Congressman Tom Tancredo described it as the "Latino KKK without the hoods."
La Raza founder Jose Angel Gutierrez has gone on the record saying, "We have an aging white America … they are dying. ... They are s------- in their pants with fear! I love it!"
His anti-Caucasian statements have extended to supporting genocide.
"We have got to eliminate the gringo, and what I mean by that is if the worst comes to the worst, we have got to kill him," he said.