Obama Admin. Forced To Pay $400,000 For Harassing ICE Attorney Who Enforced Immigration Law

Obama Admin. Forced To Pay $400,000 For Harassing ICE Attorney Who Enforced Immigration Law

It is a sad state of affairs when those who have sworn an oath to uphold the laws of the United States are harassed by government officials who seek to undermine the rule of law in America. One lawyer stood up to the Obama Regime and was awarded $400,000 for having been the target of Obama’s wrath.


Patricia M. Vroom is the top attorney for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency in Arizona. When the Obama administration initiated its unilateral policy of “prosecutorial discretion”, allowing illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. as long they have not yet been convicted of a serious felony crime, they found attorney Vroom too slow in authorizing the release of illegal aliens who had committed crimes in the U.S. but did not yet meet the administration’s high threshold for seeking deportation of such undocumented aliens.

U.S. immigration law, as enacted by Congress pursuant to the Constitution, provides that any alien who has unlawfully entered the U.S. is inadmissible and cannot be legally admitted. Inadmissible aliens are subject to removal from the U.S. even if they commit no additional crimes other than illegal entry. And even if legally admitted, aliens are subject to removal/deportation if convicted of any of a wide variety of crimes including misdemeanors. The Obama administration and all civil servants in the executive branch share the president’s constitutional obligation to “take Care that the Laws be faithfully executed.”

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Attorney Vroom reported being bullied and harassed by officials in Washington when she raised concerns about the application of the Obama administration’s prosecutorial discretion policy. She said that Obama administration officials lowered her annual performance rating for moving too cautiously to authorize the release of undocumented aliens with criminal records. She sued the Department of Homeland Security, of which ICE is a part, for age and sex discrimination.

The Department has agreed to pay attorney Vroom $400,000 taxpayer dollars to end her lawsuit. The Department has also agreed to upgrade her annual performance rating to “achieved excellence”. As part of the settlement Vroom will retire on October 1 after 30 years working for the federal government. The Department did not admit to any wrongdoing.

It’s upsetting that the department did not admit any wrongdoing in their campaign to harass Vroom. Still, it is satisfying to see any check on their assumed power.

It is pathetic that in America, it is considered “extreme” to advocate that we simply enforce our laws.

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