The dictate in the immigration reform bill that bars border agents from using race or ethnicity while making routine or spontaneous enforcement decisions comes directly from previously crafted proposals by progressive groups, according to a New York Times bestselling author whose book documented those plans.
WND’s Aaron Klein has been reviewing word-for-word the legislation under consideration by Congress and found a key section that was quite familiar to him.
Indeed, he says it comes right out of progressive proposals revealed in his bestselling book, “Fool Me Twice: Obama’s Shocking Plans for the Next Four Years Exposed.”
The book, co-authored with Brenda J. Elliott, was released eight months before the bipartisan “Gang of Eight” senators introduced the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.
“Fool Me Twice” documents that key progressive groups, including the George Soros-funded Center for American Progress, helped to craft the dictates placed in the 645-page “Comprehensive Immigration Reform for America’s Security and Prosperity Act of 2009.”
The act, introduced Dec. 15, 2009, by Reps. Solomon Ortiz, D-Texas, and Luis Gutierrez, D-Ill., with 91 original co-sponsors, has yet to pass.
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The bill’s provisions, however, form the generalized basis for the progressive organizations’ specific policy reports and recommendations on how Obama should approach the issue of amnesty, including during a second term, Klein and Elliott showed.
Page 44 of “Fool Me Twice” contains a section on progressive proposals for immigration reform that would eventually find their way into the Gang of Eight bill.
That section calls for the U.S. government to “ensure that racial profiling and unequal administration of the law based on race or national origin is not permitted by any agency of Federal, State or local government bodies.”
The progressive proposals documented in “Fool Me Twice” further call for the Department of Homeland Security collect data on border enforcement actions “to determine the existence or absence of racial profiling.”
The schemes mirror a section of the current immigration reform bill.
WND reported yesterday the legislation bars all federal law-enforcement officers, including border agents, from using race or ethnicity “to any degree” while making routine or spontaneous law-enforcement decisions.
The bill further calls for the Homeland Security Department to collect data on immigration enforcement activities to determine the existence of racial profiling.
The data would be utilized to issue future guidelines to officers regarding the use of race or ethnicity during routine enforcement.
The bill states that “in making routine or spontaneous law enforcement decisions, such as ordinary traffic stops, Federal law enforcement officers may not use race or ethnicity to any degree, except that officers may rely on race and ethnicity if a specific suspect description exists.”
The bill defines federal law-enforcement officers as any “officer, agent, or employee of the United States authorized by law or by a Government agency to engage in or supervise the prevention, detection, investigation, or prosecution of any violation of Federal law.”
The definition includes U.S. Customs and Border Protection agents.
It is clear that immigration enforcement officials are singled out by the new directives.
The legislation refers specifically to border-security agents with another clause that states “in enforcing laws protecting the integrity of the Nation’s borders, Federal law enforcement officers may not consider race or ethnicity except to the extent permitted by the Constitution and laws of the United States.”
If the legislation is enacted, the bill calls for the DHS secretary to begin within 180 days the collection of data regarding the “individualized immigration enforcement activities of covered Department officers.”
The data is to be utilized immediately to possibly issue new guidelines.
The act states that within 180 days of the data collection, the DHS secretary “shall complete a study analyzing the data.”
Ninety days after the study is complete, the bill dictates the secretary, in consultation with the attorney general, “shall issue regulations regarding the use of race, ethnicity, and any other suspect classifications the Secretary deems appropriate by covered Department officers.”
The bill allows for some exceptions to the racial profiling restriction.
It states federal law-enforcement officers may consider race and ethnicity “only to the extent that there is trustworthy information, relevant to the locality or time frame that links persons of a particular race or ethnicity to an identified criminal incident, scheme, or organization.”