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Crackdown Needed at ICE

El Diario/La Prensa, Editorial, Staff Posted: Feb 05, 2009

NEW YORK -- In home raids, federal immigration agents did not prioritize catching wanted, violent criminals over deporting women and children whose only offense was that they were unauthorized to be in the United States.

Thats what a report, based on internal memos from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), shows. The Immigration Justice Clinic of Yeshiva Universitys law school with the Migration Policy Institute (MPI) detail how an ICE program with bloated funding went off course and off target for years.

ICEs National Fugitives Operations Program (NFOP) went from its focus and mandate of arresting dangerous fugitives to sweeping up men and women who were not criminals or fugitives. Between 2003 and early 2008, 73 percent of those arrested by fugitive operation teams did not have criminal convictions, according to the MPI.

In the meantime, there was a steady decrease in the share of arrests of fugitives with criminal convictions. Between 2005 and 2008, NFOP arrested only one fugitive in its highest priority categorythreats to national security.

The NFOP essentially went to the bottom and even off its priority list to meet dramatically increased arrest quotas.

These policy decisions at ICE show a buckling to anti-immigrant pressure and an effort to criminalize people whose worst offense was an ordinary status violationa civil charge.

ICE used public dollars for a political agenda and inefficient program. The NFOP reportedly had the largest budget increase out of all immigration enforcement programs. Yet it produced low results and took its eyes off the people it was supposed to target.

Congress should immediately hold oversight hearings on the NFOP. And the new Department of Homeland Security Chief, Janet Napolitano, must rein in a runaway program that has ruthlessly persecuted undocumented families.

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