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ICE Agents Lose Confidence in Leadership

In the rush of events yesterday, we didn’t get to this highly revealing article from the Center for Immigration Studies:

ICE’s Mission Melt: Agents Vote ‘No Confidence’ in Leadership

By Janice Kephart, August 4, 2010

In an unprecedented move within the Department of Homeland Security, the detention and removal officers and agents responsible for and sworn to enforcing our nation’s immigration laws issued an exhaustive, scathing letter simply titled "VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE IN ICE DIRECTOR JOHN MORTON AND ODPP ASSISTANT DIRECTOR PHYLLIS COVEN" on June 11, 2010.

The letter, acquired through sources, provides a litany of examples of how ICE’s mission is being skewed towards supporting an unflinching goal of amnesty by refusing to allow agents to do their job; allowing criminal aliens to roam free; depleting resources for key enforcement initiatives that preceded this administration; and misrepresenting facts and programs, demeaning [sic] the extent of the criminal alien problem and geared to support amnesty.

The letter, authored by ICE Union President Chris Crane, begins as follows, noting that all ICE union representatives have signed on to a unanimous "Vote of No Confidence" in ICE leadership:

On June 11, 2010, the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council and its constituent local representatives from around the nation, acting on behalf of approximately 7,000 ICE officers and employees from the ICE Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), cast a unanimous “Vote of No Confidence” in the Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), John Morton, and the Assistant Director of the ICE Office of Detention Policy and Planning, (ODPP), Phyllis Coven.

Providing numerous facts the media and public have not been privy to, the letter relates ICE leadership dishonesty and failure to abide by their oath to uphold the law. The letter also outlines the importance of local law enforcement referrals to ICE, and the striking symbiotic relationship between local enforcement and ICE on immigration matters. Exemplary are these two bullets:

• 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.

Which helps explain why Mr. Obama is so determined to strike down Arizona’s SB1070 law. If Arizona’s local police are discouraged from reporting suspected illegals to ICE, they will have fewer detainees to deal with. Since all they deal with now are detainees.

In one uncharacteristic note of sarcasm, the outcome of the Obama Administration new detention policy is described as follows, including dance lessons and hanging plants for criminal aliens in detention facilities:

ICE Detention Reforms have transformed into a detention system aimed at providing resort like living conditions to criminal aliens. Senior ICE leadership excluded ICE officers and field managers (the technical experts on ICE detention) from the development of these reforms, and instead solicited recommendations from special interest groups.

As we have previously noted, the “special interest groups” behind these ‘reforms’ are the usual suspects: the ACLU, LA Raza and the SEIU. These groups are now writing our immigration policies under Mr. Obama.

The lack of technical expertise and field expertise has resulted in a priority of providing bingo nights, dance lessons and hanging plants to criminals, instead of addressing safe and responsible detention reforms for non-criminal individuals and families. 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.

Information we have also previously noted.

Remember, Mr. Holder claims that ICE is now only rounding up the most hardened criminals – such as murderers, terrorists and drug felons. So why should ICE be turning these detention centers into country clubs and not even searching the prisoners?

Interestingly, ICE Director John Morton told the Washington Post, in regard to this letter and other interest groups that call for his resignation (apparently this is quite common for him), that such letters are just, "part of the territory here." …

Mr. Morton’s response sounds like what we are hearing from the rest of the Obama administration: ‘Shut up and take it.’

You can read the ICE agents’ letter (a pdf file) here.

This article was posted by Steve on Friday, August 6th, 2010. Comments are currently closed.

13 Responses to “ICE Agents Lose Confidence in Leadership”

  1. Reality Bytes says:



  2. bill says:

    You mean ICE leadership is dishonest? Really what was your first clue.

    Shouldn’t this be the Obowma regime is dishonest.

  3. proreason says:

    Who will there be to defend the aristocracy when we come for them?

  4. JohnMG says:

    This headline is a real “laugher”. How can there possibly be a loss of confidence in something (leadership ?) that never existed?

    It should become painfully apparent that anyone in Obama’s regieme exist strictly as canon fodder.

  5. Tater Salad says:

    God, save our Arizona because our own government will not help:


  6. Steve says:

    Note to all: Please do not post links to YouTube or any other site without some kind of description of what they entail.

    I am going to start deleting comments that do not provide more information.

  7. Petronius says:

    “and misrepresenting facts and programs . . . .”

    A great many aliens who attempt to enter the country illegally are stopped at the border. In these cases, they are simply turned away and go back to Mexico, a procedure that the agency historically has called “voluntary returns.” Many of these people will attempt to reenter later the same day or the following day. Each time they are stopped by the Border Patrol, it is counted as a voluntary return.

    Big Sis has ordered ICE to change the way voluntary returns are reported. They are no longer counted as returns, but instead they are now being counted as “deportations.”

    The purpose is to boost the regime’s deportation numbers, in order to give the utterly false impression that the regime is effectively protecting the border, when in fact nothing could be further from the truth.

    • Rusty Shackleford says:

      It’s nothing new for socialists to use words that suit their purposes but that also obfuscate. They are masters of the sound-bite and use words to motivate rather than actually communicate.

  8. Astravogel says:

    “Shut up and take it?” more like “Shut up and bend over a bit more…”

    Democratica Delinda Est!

  9. MontanaBeef says:

    Back in March 2009 a law enforcement friend told me that he had a couple friends in ICE who were “ordered to stop enforcing administrative law! That means they are not allowed to arrest and deport illegal aliens for just being ILLEGAL! They can only arrest illegals that have criminal warrants (i.e. misdemeanor/felony arrest warrants).” When I mentioned this to another politically active friend, she said her brother also worked for ICE (in a different state) and he too had been told this same thing. So almost a year and a half ago, ICE agents were being told to stand down on illegals.

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