ICE Agents: Obama Administration using agency policy for backdoor amnesty … Updated
First there were whistleblowers, agents from the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives, who sounded the alarm on the deliberate and deadly gun running operation called “Fast and Furious,” in which the Obama Justice department intentionally allowed Mexican drug cartel intermediaries to purchase guns at licensed U.S. firearms dealers and then cross the border–with these guns. So far, countless Mexicans have been killed and U.S. Border Agent Brian Terry was allegedly murdered.
Now there are whistleblowers from ICE, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, a part of the Department of Homeland Security, who need your help and attention. Why? Because the National ICE Council that represents approximately 7,000 ICE agents, officers and employees is calling on the public to take action to stop the Obama Administration’s backdoor secret policies “to win votes at the expense of sound and responsible law enforcement policy.”
From PRNewswire-USNewswire, Ice Agent’s Union Speaks Out on Director’s “Discretionary Memo”
Union leaders around the nation issued a unanimous no confidence vote in ICE Director John Morton on behalf of ICE officers, agents and employees nationwide citing gross mismanagement within the Agency as well as efforts within ICE to create backdoor amnesty through agency policy. ICE Union leaders say that since the no confidence vote was released problems within the Agency have increased, citing the Director’s latest Discretionary Memo as just one example.
“Any American concerned about immigration needs to brace themselves for what’s coming,” said Chris Crane, President of the National ICE Council which represents approximately 7,000 ICE agents, officers and employees, “this is just one of many new ICE policies in queue aimed at stopping the enforcement of U.S. immigration laws in the United States. Unable to pass its immigration agenda through legislation, the Administration is now implementing it through agency policy.”
Crane emphasized that agents, officers, employees and the Union had no input in these policies, “ICE and the Administration have excluded our union and our agents from the entire process of developing policies, it was all kept secret from us, we found out from the newspapers. ICE worked hand-in-hand with immigrants rights groups, but excluded its own officers.”
Agents say the policy is a “law enforcement nightmare” developed by the Administration to win votes at the expense of sound and responsible law enforcement policy. “The desires of foreign nationals illegally in the United States were the framework from which these policies were developed,” Crane said, “the result is a means for every person here illegally to avoid arrest or detention, as officers we will never know who we can or cannot arrest.”
The union says just as concerning is the way policies are implemented at ICE. Agents claim that under Director John Morton the agency always presents written policies for public consumption, but then makes “secret changes” to the policies which ICE refuses to put in writing. ICE knows the policy changes will create a political outcry, or could place the public or ICE officers at risk. “Our officers are already under orders not to make arrests or even talk to foreign nationals in most cases unless another agency has already arrested them; you won’t find that written in any public ICE policy.”
With regard to the entire idea of prosecutorial discretion, Agents say they will have none. “Tell any ICE agent he or she will have the final say on making an arrest or holding someone in custody and they’ll tell you you’re crazy, officers will be ordered not to make arrests and failure to comply will result in the end of the agent or officer’s career, that’s business as usual at ICE. It’s unfortunate but the Administration protects foreign nationals illegally in the U.S. but does nothing for our employees.” The Union also alleges that ICE Field Office Directors (FODs) have confided in the Union that when the FODs raised questions about the effectiveness of the new policies ICE Headquarters responded by telling the FODs to turn in their badges and file for retirement.
Read it all here.
See the ICE Policy on exercising Prosecutorial Discretion PDF here.
Update: Obama halts deportations…300,000 to get amnesty