ICE Agents Slam Latest Non-Enforcement Policy

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The national union of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, representing some 7,000 members, has attacked the recent policy announcement of ICE director John Morton that expands the practice of ignoring illegal immigration status by the use of prosecutorial discretion. The president of the ICE union, Chris Crane, issued a statement calling Morton’s policy announcement a “law enforcement nightmare.” The statement urged people to contact Congress and call for a reversal of this new policy.

Crane’s statement said, “I think the writing is on the wall for every person concerned about good government and effective immigration reforms – the things happening at ICE represent neither.” The June 17, 2011 Morton memo, according to the union statement,”…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.”

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Jack, who joined FAIR’s National Board of Advisors in 2017, is a retired U.S. diplomat with consular experience. He has testified before the U.S. Congress, U.S. Civil Rights Commission, and U.S. Commission on Immigration Reform and has authored studies of immigration issues. His national and international print, TV, and talk radio experience is extensive (including in Spanish).

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