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Janet Napolitano: It%u2019s not law enforcement%u2019s job to decide what counts as enforcing the law

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Politics,Beltway Confidential,Joel Gehrke,Homeland Security

Homeland Security Secretary (DHS) Janet Napolitano pulled rank in response to allegations from the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement union that DHS has ordered them not to enforce key immigration laws, as Napolitano said its the union’s job to enforce the law according to the guidance she gives them.

“There are tensions with union leadership, unfortunately,” Napolitano told Sen. Jeff Sessions, R-Ala., during the Senate Judiciary Committee hearing on immigration today. “Here’s what I expect as a former prosecutor and attorney general: that is that law enforcement agents will enforce the law in accordance with the guidance they are given [by] their superiors.” Napolitano was responding to Sessions’ comment that he has heard unions complain about workplace conditions or pay, but never encountered a union that filed a lawsuit charging supervisors with refusing to let the members do their jobs.
“Agents don’t set the enforcement priorities, those are set by their superiors and they are asked to obey that guidance in accord with the law,” Napolitano also said.
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