ICE agents steamed at department's pro-amnesty agenda
America's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents are no longer willing to remain silent while their department betrays the American people by pushing the Obama regime's pro-amnesty agenda. Several weeks ago the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council cast a unanimous vote of no confidence in ICE Director John Morton and Assistant Director Phyllis Coven, on behalf of their 7,000 ICE agents and employees from the department's Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO).
In a letter which was subsequently released, National Council 118 President Chris Crane stated that.
It is the desire of our union within ICE and our employees to publicly separate ourselves from the actions of Director Morton and Assistant Director Coven and publicly state that ICE officers and employees do not support Morton or Coven, or their misguided and reckless initiatives, which could ultimately put many in America at risk.
According to the letter Obama's senior ICE leadership have been actively pushing a political agenda which would lead to an immigration reform bill centered around large scale amnesty, while at the same time failing to inform congress and the American people of the imminent dangers and severity of the illegal immigration crisis. At present the understaffed ERO has been overrun to the extent that large numbers of criminal aliens have been released back into their unsuspecting communities.
Often illegal aliens in local jails who are facing prosecution for other crimes will contact ICE and volunteer for deportation, sometimes bragging that they will be back in the U.S. in a matter of days. Hard-pressed local law enforcement agencies which currently lack the jail space and resources to deal with the vast numbers of criminal aliens turn thousands of these individuals over to ICE without ever trying them for their crimes.
Crane also states that.
ICE is misleading the American public with regard to the effectiveness of criminal enforcement programs like the ICE "Secure Communities Program" using it as a selling point to move forward with amnesty related legislation. As officers in the field, we know this program will not improve enforcement or provide for public safety because ICE refuses, for political reasons, to request the additional manpower and resources needed to adequately operate the program.
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.
For those who are placed in detention, Obama era reforms have created "resort like" accommodations for the detainees. Senior ICE leaders have enacted new reforms based upon recommendations from "special interest groups" which have provided criminal aliens with "bingo nights, dance lessons and hanging plants."
Unlike any other agency in the nation, ICE officers will be prevented from searching detainees housed in ICE facilities allowing weapons, drugs and other contraband into detention centers putting detainees, ICE officers and contract guards at risk.
Senior leadership ignores reports that ICE internal investigations conducted under the auspices of the ICE Office of Professional Responsibility conceal Agency and supervisor misconduct and are used to retaliate against employees who make whistleblower type disclosures or question inappropriate policies and procedures.
Meanwhile the Obama regime is concentrating its laser-like focus on Arizona and Governor Jan Brewer for having the audacity to enact legislation which would result in the enforcement of existing federal immigration law. Co-conspirator Susan Bolton has given the Obama regime, the party and their fellow travelers in the MSM and entertainment industries cause to celebrate another victory over the people and the constitution.