August 11, 2010
Here's one union that gets it
It may not rise to the exclusivity level of a man bites dog story, but it is certainly in the unusual category of dog bites beloved master when a public service employees union turns on the federal government. Such seems to be the case:
The National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 7,000 ICE agents and employees, voted 259-0 for a resolution saying there was "growing dissatisfaction and concern" over the leadership of Assistant Secretary John Morton, who heads ICE, and Phyllis Coven, assistant director for the agency's office of detention policy and planning.
The resolution charges ICE leadership with abandoning the mission of immigration enforcement while jumping on the Obama Administration's amnesty bandwagon. The union also is taking issue with the fact that most of its agents are not actually involved with the primary mission of apprehending illegals but rather are babysitting those illegals arrested by others. The protest is particularly critical of the comfortable conditions in which illegals are being held, conditions which exceed those available to most citizens who are incarcerated.
In lieu of all the criticism aimed at the feds over the Arizona dustup, it can't be good to have the federal agents themselves corroborating those criticisms so publicly.