The secretary said agents are still to give priority to those with criminal rap sheets, but are free to use discretion — taken away from them in the Obama years — to detain anyone they believe to be in the country illegally.It doesn't sound like a crackdown, per se, but immigration cops don't have to ignore illegals that they might come in contact with.
That's the thing about executive orders. What one president does with the stroke of a pen, another president can undo with the stroke of a pen.We can argue both ways on executive action, but the plain truth is that Congress needs to pass an immigration reform law. If Congress does that, then no one will have anything to gripe about.
Democrats had an opportunity during the Obama years to pass any type legislation they wanted to pass. With a majority in the House, and a majority inn the Senate, they could have passed anything they wanted to pass. They didn't do that. That's on them, and they have no room to complain.
Republicans have that same opportunity right now. If they choose to pass an immigration reform law, they can do that as well. Until then, we should enforce the law as written. And, give those good immigration agents the discretion to do their jobs.