Obama Threatens 'Consequences' For ICE Officials Who Don't Carry Out Executive Amnesty

In a town hall on immigration on MSNBC, President Obama said that any immigration officials who do not follow his executive amnesty policies will face "consequences."

The president was responding to a question about whether or not illegal immigrants would be deported while the legal battle over the constitutionality of his "historic" executive orders worked its way through the courts. Obama underscored that his orders were "temporary," ultimately requiring Congressional action for permanence, but defended his "legal power" to implement the program. He also made clear that any ICE officials who attempted to undermine his orders would pay.

Partial transcript via the WH press pool:

Until we pass a law through Congress, the executive actions we’ve taken are not going to be permanent; they are temporary. There are going to be some jurisdictions and there may be individual ICE official or Border Control agent not paying attention to our new directives. But they’re going to be answerable to the head of Homeland Security because he’s been very clear about what our priorities will be...

Not only are we going to have to win this legal fight... but ultimately we’re still going to pass a law through Congress. The bottom line is I’m using all the legal power invested in me in order to solve this problem...

The bottom line is, if somebody’s working for ICE … and they don’t follow the policy, there’s going to be consequences to it.

The Department of Justice asked U.S. District Judge Andrew Hanen to stay his injunction against the executive amnesty program by Wednesday, but Hanen has refused, thus the temporary ban on the program remains in place. 

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