Hearings into the child invasion at the southern border brought a glimpse into the true nature of the Secretary of Homeland Security, Jeh Johnson. His faÃ§ade of a reasonable and thoughtful albeit obstructionist and subversive individual was abandoned in this exchange with Representative Mike Rogers (R-AL).
The question of whether these are exigent circumstances was asked by Rep Rogers in regards to the current escalation in onslaught of illegal alien children being experiences at the border. Exigent circumstances areÂ definedÂ as â€œThose circumstances that would cause a reasonable person to believe that prompt action was necessary to prevent physical harm to the officers or other persons, the destruction of relevant evidence, the escape of a suspect, or some other consequence improperly frustrating legitimate law enforcement efforts.â€
Johnson said he felt that these were exigent circumstances. Rogers questioned him as to whether Obama should issue an executive order in view of the exigent circumstances to deal with the crisis.
Maybe sensing that he was being led somewhere he didnâ€™t want to go, Johnson declined to comment, and then asked of what nature.
Rogers replied to supersede the law, saying â€œThis isnâ€™t the first time the presidentâ€™s gone around the law when he needs to achieve a goal. I donâ€™t know why he canâ€™t do it with these children.â€
Johnson sarcastically responds that â€œthe last time I looked an executive order canâ€™t supersede the law.â€
We can be sure if there is a way to get around the law; this regime is aware of it and has indeed looked, as Johnson described it. Rather than using executive orders in this case, they are using selective enforcement or more accurately, non-enforcement to permit the crisis to develop and then capitalizing on a provision within the law that enables them to achieve their goals.
The name sign in front of Johnson, bearing the words â€œHon. Johnsonâ€ certainly appears to be out of place. Mr. Johnson would be much more appropriate and even that terminology imparts more respect than he deserves.
Rick Wells is a conservative author who recognizes that our nation, our Constitution and our traditions are under a full scale assault from multiple threats. Please â€œLikeâ€ him on Facebook, â€œFollowâ€ him on Twitter or visitÂ www.rickwells.us