We've noted from time that unionized government employees pretty much can't be fired no matter what they do.
This is an obvious difficulty for the efficiency and effectiveness of government operations, but there's an even worse problem: immunity from being fired gives government employees undue influence over national policy itself, regardless of what our elected officials might desire that policy to be.
When the CIA decided they didn't like Mr. Bush's foreign policy, they released a bogus report saying that Iran had stopped research on nuclear weapons. Although this report was soon revealed as untrue, its presence made it harder for Mr. Bush to get any sort of cooperation in trying to stop Iran's nuclear program. Mr. Bush's enemies in the Mainstream Media kept reporting the CIA's bogus estimate well after it was clear that the Iranian Ayatollahs were in fact doing their very best to join the list of nuclear powers.
Since we've come to expect this sort of biased deceit from our media, you can imagine our shock when the New York Times publicly revealed that unionized government employees are opposing a national policy as set by the President.
"Agents’ Union Stalls Training on Deportation Rules" says that the union is not allowing the administration to force its members to attend a new training course which is intended to teach them how to let more illegals remain in the US despite what our laws say:
The training course is the clearest sign yet that administration officials want to transform the way immigration officers work, asking them to make nuanced decisions to speed deportations of high-risk offenders while halting those of illegal immigrants with clean records and strong ties to the country. The policy is President Obama’s most ambitious immigration initiative before the November elections, senior administration officials said.
But in a new sign of the deep dissension over immigration, the union representing some 7,000 deportation officers of the agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, has so far not allowed its members to participate in the training. Without the formal assent of the union, the administration’s strategy could be significantly slowed for months in labor negotiations. [emphasis added]
Hmm. Government employee unions normally support Democrats, who are helped by the untrammeled flow of "undocumented Democrats." Why isn't the union eager to start making "nuanced decisions" which allow future Democrat voters to remain in the country illegally? Why are they opposed to this "backdoor amnesty" program?
Other groups of immigrants — elderly people, children, military veterans, college students and parents of young citizens — are low priorities who can be allowed to stay, even if they are here illegally. [emphasis added]
This is all good for the union's normal political allies. Instead of supporting the program, though, the head of the union protests that his members are being trained how to not enforce the law - a perfectly correct assessment, of course.
The Democratic party has long been known for adjusting the voting rolls to their advantage. When he was running against Bob Dole, President Clinton urged the immigration bureaucracy to hurry up and naturalize thousands of illegals in time for the election.
The Obama administration is carrying on this ignoble tradition. Politico reports that the Department of Homeland Security has set up a 24/7 hot line so that all busted illegals can be informed of their "rights" - rights which, as illegal aliens, they don't even possess. The idea is to push up the cost of deporting people from the current $23,000 or so and thus reduce the number which the Immigration service can afford to deport.
It's been reported that the illegal-alien callers are being asked, "Are you aware of the 2012 Presidential election and are you willing to vote?" It seems that the union members who staff the hotline have no trouble helping illegals who've been caught stay in the country, provided they vote for Democrats.
This is what we found to be amazing:
In conclusion, as legal, law-abiding, taxpaying US citizens, we are somewhat relieved that this union, for whatever reason, is doing its best to stonewall the President's unlawful policy of unofficial and illegal amnesty. But we're appalled that this union, or any union, has that kind of power over government policy. What a sorry state of affairs!