U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL), a senior member of the Senate Judiciary Committee, issued the following statement today following a hearing with Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano:
"At today's hearing, Secretary Napolitano once again admitted that she has not taken a single meeting with the union representing our nation's brave ICE officers. This is deeply troubling.
Their morale has plummeted, these officers have been blocked from doing their jobs as the law requires and feel compelled to file a lawsuit against Secretary Napolitano. ICE Officers cannot even detain dangerous criminal aliens they confront in jails simply because those aliens assert DREAMer protection.
Yet the bill before us grants even more discretionary to the Department of Homeland Security. This should give pause to every lawmaker: the entire enforcement and public safety mechanism in this proposal hinges on the discretion of a department of government that has prevented the enforcement of current laws, that has decimated officer morale, and that is now in court for undermining the rule of law as passed by Congress.
This disrespect for law officers and lack of support for their mission represents a huge hurdle for the passage of this legislation. If the Secretary won't do her duty now, how can the people expect her to enforce any laws in the future?"