Rep. Gary Miller

Rep. Miller signs on to letter of protest
James Rufus Koren, Staff Writer
Posted: 05/26/2010 09:14:55 PM PDT

Rep. Gary Miller is among 26 members of Congress who have signed a letter taking issue with a top federal official who said Immigration and Customs Enforcement might not process illegal immigrants picked up in Arizona.

Assistant Homeland Security Secretary John Morton made the comments last week in a meeting with the Chicago Tribune’s editorial board, the Tribune reported.

The Tribune did not directly quote Morton on the matter, but did quote the ICE boss as saying, “I don’t think the Arizona law, or laws like it, are the solution.”

That statement spurred Miller, R-Brea, and 25 other members of Congress to send a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, urging her to condemn the comments.

“It’s unbelievable,” said Miller, who represents Chino and Chino Hills. “That’s not his decision. He has to basically abide by the law, and the law is very clear.”

The law in question, Arizona’s S.B. 1070, requires law enforcement officers in that state to verify the immigration status of people they suspect might be in the country illegally.

“Whether Secretary Morton agrees with the actions taken in Arizona is irrelevant, he has a solemn obligation to enforce the rule of law,” says the letter to Napolitano. “We are writing to express our outrage and request that you publicly condemn these comments as quickly as possible.”

Raymond Herrera, founder and president of the Claremont-based anti-illegal immigration group We the People, California’s Crusader, said Morton’s comments are evidence of too much power being vested in appointed bureaucrats rather than elected officials.

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