Posted by: Deborah D | August 5, 2010

ICE agents: Leaders politicizing enforcement.

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ICE agents: Leaders politicizing enforcement.

This is a rather eye-opening story about how agents of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as a union body, have accused their leaders of politicizing the agency tapped to protect our borders. The agency has been politicized to the extent that ICE agents are no longer able to make arrests themselves, but have to rely on local authorities to do the arresting. As the blogger at Washington Examiner, Joel S. Gehrke, Jr., says, “It kind of puts the Arizona immigration enforcement in perspective, doesn’t it?”

In June, the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council — an AFL-CIO affiliate — and affiliated local councils cast a unanimous 259-0 vote of no confidence in ICE Director John Morton and Assistant Director Phyllis Coven. In a letter announcing the vote, the National Council criticized the directors for “misguided and reckless initiatives,” and said their leaders have “abandoned the Agency’s core mission of enforcing United States immigration laws and providing for public safety, and have instead directed their attention to campaigning for policies and programs related to amnesty.”

The councils were acting on behalf of 7,000 ICE agents. The letter is a scathing rebuke of the Obama administration’s politically correct ICE, condemning policy makers for doing little to secure the borders and leaving the American people vulnerable to criminal aliens. Excerpts of the letter follow:

Senior ICE leadership dedicates more time to campaigning for immigration reforms aimed at large scale amnesty legislation, than advising the American public and Federal lawmakers on the severity of the illegal immigration problem, and the need for more manpower and resources within the ICE ERO to address it. ICE ERO is currently overwhelmed by the massive criminal alien problem in the United States resulting in the large-scale release of criminals back into local communities.

Criminal aliens incarcerated in local jails seek out ICE officers and volunteer for deportation to avoid prosecution, conviction and serving prison sentences. Criminal aliens openly brag to ICE officers that they are taking advantage of the broken immigration system and will be back in the United States within days to commit crimes, while United States citizens arrested for the same offenses serve prison sentences… Snip —

While ICE reports internally that more than 90 percent of ICE detainees are first encountered in jails after they are arrested by local police for criminal charges, ICE senior leadership misrepresents this information publicly in order to portray ICE detainees as being non-criminal in nature to support the Administration’s position on amnesty and relaxed security at ICE detention facilities.

The majority of ICE ERO Officers are prohibited from making street arrests or enforcing United States immigration laws outside of the institutional (jail) setting. This has effectively created “amnesty through policy” for anyone illegally in the United States who has not been arrested by another agency for a criminal violation.

They also go on to discuss the country club feel of many of the detention areas and, most shocking, the new rule of not checking those in detention areas for weapons. That, of course, leaves agents and innocent illegals in dangerous situations. There is much, much more at the link. Please read it all and pass it around to your friends and relatives. These are ICE agents trying to get the word out about the lax enforcement of our immigration laws by the executive branch, and all the while that same executive branch is preventing Arizona from protecting its own citizens. This is an outrage beyond belief. If this doesn’t arise to criminal abuse of power, I don’t know what does. You can read the letter in its entirety here:

You can read all of Gehrke’s blog here:


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  1. Our current leaders at the federal government level have abandoned the core mission our forefathers outlined in the constitution. It seem social programs have replace safety and security as the chief mission of our national government.

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