My podcasting partner Stacy McCain has a post up titled Sanders Aide Who Used ‘Dual Allegiance’ Smear Against Jews Is an Illegal Alien.
Belén Sisa is an illegal alien “who says she was brought to this country illegally from Argentina by her parents at age six [and] is currently protected from deportation under President Barack Obama’s Deferred Action for Childhood Arrivals, or DACA, program.” So whose “allegiance” is really at issue here? Doesn’t her defiance of American law bring Belén Sisa’s “allegiance” into question?
8 USC 1324 makes it a crime when anyone “knowing or in reckless disregard of the fact that an alien has come to, entered, or remains in the United States in violation of law, conceals, harbors, or shields from detection, or attempts to conceal, harbor, or shield from detection, such alien in any place, including any building or any means of transportation …” The penalties include a fine and up to 5 years in prison. So why did the Secretary of Education and the Secretary of Labor hold a meeting with illegal aliens and not turn them over to Immigration and Customs Enforcement?
I suppose that one could file a FOIA request seeking the particulars, but I wouldn’t expect a straight answer from either department. One might expect that the Secretaries would plead the Fifth or use the “ongoing criminal investigation” cop out, but it’s more likely that they would rely on AG Holder’s “depends on our state of mind” defense as to whether or not they had done anything wrong.