Cross posted from InMuscatine:
U.S. Rep. Bruce Braley on Tuesday asked federal officials for a tally of the costs of last week’s immigration raid in Postville and similar enforcement actions in 2006 at Swift & Co. meatpacking plants in Marshalltown and five other Midwest cities.
“It is important that my constituents in Iowa and all U.S. taxpayers know how their tax dollars are being spent,” the Waterloo Democrat said in a letter to Immigration and Customs Enforcement Assistant Secretary Julie Myers.
Mr. Braley :
Since you have decided to become a watchdog on spending, we suggest you look into these areas as well :
* The Congressional budget
* Social Security
* The EPA budget
We will hazard a guess there is more waste, fraud and abuse in the Congressional budget alone than the government spent on enforcement of our laws at Postville, Iowa.
But that is not what you are interested in, is it Mr. Braley?
Braley said it’s important for federal immigration officials to be as transparent as possible when enforcement actions occur.
Translation : it’s important for Braley to harass immigration officials when enforcement actions occur.
The congressman asked for a breakdown of ICE’s expenses, including planning, execution, processing, detention and deportation costs. He also asked for the budgets of other cooperating agencies that assisted with the raids.
To what end, save the harassment of those performing their duties? From what we have seen, Mr. Braley should be more worried about executing his oath of office than pandering to the criminals flowing across our borders. Save that, there should be a recall election mounted to force Mr. Braley from office for not upholding his oath of office.
In the wake of the Postville raid, Braley said he supports an investigation into whether Agriprocessors Inc. violated workplace safety, child labor and immigration laws.
Wait a minute. On one hand, Mr. Braley would have us believe he is the watchdog of the American taxpayer dollar, and on the other he is calling for open-ended, God-knows-how-expensive investigations which would be mostly pointless. Call us crazy, but this is the best example of pandering we think we could possibly offer up.
Shame be on you, Mr. Braley. That is, it would be if you had any concept of what shame is.
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