From coast to coast, ICE officials act as if they are above the law.
Although the goal of the “Secure Communities” program is to remove immigrants who have been convicted of certain serious criminal offenses, many immigrants with no convictions or only low level offenses, like traffic citations, have been targeted by less-than-compassionate ICE agents.
Stories of ICE’s callous approach to law enforcement, at times, resemble robotic seek and destroy immigrant family missions.
On June 17, 2011, John Morton, Director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) issued a new memorandum on prosecutorial discretion. The memo outlines a new direction for how ICE should handle prosecutions of detained immigrants.
I don’t recommend jumping the gun. It’s questionable whether any real changes will take place.
I’ll believe a new direction exists when I see it in action. Not just once, twice, or three times. Rather, I’ll believe a new direction exists when I see a widespread pattern of immigrant friendly discretion being exercised on a more-or-less regular basis. Not a second before.
A few months ago, the Escondido Police Department and the U.S. Immigration and Enforcement (ICE) entered into a secretive agreement. Under this partnership, two ICE agents work out of the Escondido Police Department office and regularly travel on patrol with Escondido officers.