Phoenix, AZ (MAY 21)- U.S. Senate Candidate J.D. Hayworth (R-AZ) today called on the head ofImmigration and Customs Enforcement(ICE) "to immediately resign his position."
John Morton,Assistant Secretary of Homeland Securityfor theU.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said that his agency will not necessarily process illegal immigrants referred to them byArizonaauthorities.
"If you're not enforcing the law, you are encouraging lawlessness," Hayworth said. "First this administration allows thePresident of Mexicoto lecture us about our domestic policy and now the very agency charged with protecting us says it plans to ignore the currentimmigration lawthat does protect us."
Morton said a comprehensive federal approach, rather than a patchwork of state laws is the only way to stop illegal immigration.
"Morton sounds a lot like Sen. McCain used to sound until Mr. McCain started worrying about me taking his job. But Morton should pay for this ill-advised policy by resigning from his position immediately," Hayworth said. "A comprehensive federal approach is just another way to say amnesty."
"But the people of Arizona have a better solution - if someone commits a crime and there is a possibly they are here illegally, police will ask them to provide proof of U.S. citizenship," Hayworth said.
He said the federal government should be standing with Arizona to protect our country from all illegal aliens.
"They are turningHomeland Securityinto a joke," Hayworth said. "Employees with Mr. Morton's attitude toward protecting this country and who are paid with taxpayer dollars need to get out of government now."