- 2012elections - 9/11 Special Coverage - aca - africanamericanalzheimers - aids - Alabama News Network - american - Awards & Expo - bees - bilingual - border - californiaeducation - Caribbean - cir - citizenship - climatechange - collgeinmiami - community - democrats - ecotourism - Elders - Election 2012 - elections2012 - escuelas - Ethnic Media in the News - Ethnicities - Events - Eye on Egypt - Fellowships - food - Foreclosures - Growing Up Poor in the Bay Area - Health Care Reform - healthyhungerfreekids - howtodie - humiliating - immigrants - Inside the Shadow Economy - kimjongun - Latin America - Law & Justice - Living - Media - memphismediaroundtable - Multimedia - NAM en Espaol - Politics & Governance - Religion - Richmond Pulse - Science & Technology - Sports - The Movement to Expand Health Care Access - Video - Voter Suppression - War & Conflict - 攔截盤查政策 - Top Stories - Immigration - Health - Economy - Education - Environment - Ethnic Media Headlines - International Affairs - NAM en Español - Occupy Protests - Youth Culture - Collaborative Reporting

ICE Changes its Talk, Not its Walk

La Opinin, Editorial, Staff Posted: Aug 20, 2009

The recent decision by the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency to suspend an absurd policy that imposed arrest quotas on the detention of the undocumented is welcome news. It is a tiny bit of relief in the midst of a generally worrisome landscape.

But the statements made by ICE director John Morton are not enough to ensure that immigration officers and their law enforcement partners wont continue to commit excesses in the performance of their duties. The chief failed to engender any confidence that the federal agency will monitor their actions so that they engage in actively searching for dangerous criminals who are undocumented rather than arresting and deporting the heads of families who commit misdemeanors.

For its part, ICEs failure to stop the abuses of Sheriff Joe Arpaio in Maricopa County, Ariz. is another example of either the agencys apathy or inability, or both. In fact, there is a Department of Justice investigation of Arpaio and the accusations are serious enough to support a suspension of ICEs arrangement with the sheriff while the case is under review.

Mortons statement that ICE will review the agreements with local law enforcement agencies regarding the application of the 287(g) program are empty words while Arpaio and many others continue to act as they please.

The fact is, ICE does no better job of oversight of its internal operations than it does of its outside partners. The previously unreported deaths of 10 immigrants arrested by ICE over the past years have now come to light, and only because of media investigations into the cases. Given the past record of mistreatment at these centers, it is appropriate at this time to ask: How many more detainee deaths under ICEs custody remain unreported?

The Obama administration is ultimately responsible for the operations of ICE and for the ways in which the federal agency and its local law enforcement partners act with impunity. Mortons statements certainly dont reassure us. The suspension of arrest quotas gives some hope as does the announcement of stronger federal oversight at the detention centers. However, actions speak louder than words, especially when it comes to ICE.

Related Articles:

Federal Overhaul of Detention Falls Short

No Change in Immigration Policy

Page 1 of 1




Just Posted

NAM Coverage