ICE Official Sets Deportation Quotas; Pro-Reform Activists Feel Betrayed

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Monday, March 29, 2010 at 2:07 pm

James M. Chaparro, director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of Detention and Removal Operations, apparently implemented his own plan to increase the number of deportations of undocumented immigrants, The Washington Post reported Saturday. This announcement was made in a Feb. 22 memo to field directors around the country after he explained the number of deportations this year will be about 20 percent behind last year’s numbers, “well under the Agency’s goal of 400,000 [deportations].”

From the Post:

Beyond stating ICE enforcement goals in unusually explicit terms, Chaparro laid out how the agency would pump up the numbers: by increasing detention space to hold more illegal immigrants while they await deportation proceedings; by sweeping prisons and jails to find more candidates for deportation and offering early release to those willing to go quickly; and, most controversially, with a “surge” in efforts to catch illegal immigrants whose only violation was lying on immigration or visa applications or reentering the United States after being deported.

That same day the Post revealed the memo, ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton released a statement saying that portions of Chaparro’s message did not reflect ICE’s policies and had been sent out without authorization. “We are strongly committed to carrying out our priorities to remove serious criminal offenders first,” Morton concluded, “and we definitively do not set quotas.”

Still, the memo hasn’t been overlooked as an isolated, individual action.

Democracy Now! today reported that the memo sets a quota for non-criminal deportations, even though the administration promised to focus on cases that actually pose threats.

The moves outlined in the memo differ from public pledges by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano to focus enforcement on the most dangerous undocumented immigrants… Joan Friedland of the National Immigration Law Center criticized the ICE memo, saying quotas will encourage agents to target easy cases, not the ones who pose the greatest safety risk.

Pro-immigration reform activists have also taken notice, criticizing ICE and the Obama administration for their continuation of what they call inhumane immigration policies. From an article in yesterday’s Spanish-language newspaper La Opinión:

Participant of yesterday’s Los Angeles march for immigration reform, lawyer [Jessica] Domínguez criticized the memo’s plan, now that raids will focus on detaining and deporting any [non-criminal] undocumented immigrant.

“I know that the community will not give up, that they are hopeful, but we have to be careful because this memo is very specific in increasing the number of immigrants deportated even if the only violation is being in the country illegally,” she said.

For Juan José Gutiérrez, one of the organizers of yesterday’s march, it’s a betrayal by President Obama.

“He promised us there would be a reform for immigrants in the first year, and the only thing we’ve had is more raids and more deportations than in the worst year during the Bush administration,” he said. “The quotas that have been assigned to the immigration department are unjust, inhumane and they will betray the promise the president made to the people.”

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Comment posted March 29, 2010 @ 8:49 pm

NOTHING more can be said about the severe consequences of unceasing illegal immigration to the United States. Now its up to the American people to decide their fate? However, for all those Americans who have not come to grips with the invasion and the occupation of their country, you should investigate and read about the building firestorm in Europe; as an example the British Islands. The United Kingdom, unlike the United States was not made by immigrants, but has its own indigenous people. Over many decades both the Labor and Conservative parties have opened the door to immigrants and now the British/English people are fighting for financial survival?
Surf the Internet and learn from the British or European blogs and the Independent press of the downfall of a great heritage, as its people are being prioritized to the back of the line. Like America, Europe is being overrun by foreign cultures, foreign languages and the governments have done–NOTHING? IS this–NOT–a reflection of America today? 80 percent of the British people want an embargo on all immigration or halted altogether. Even in the huge expanse of European countries, are now drowned in both legal and illegal immigration crisis. which is turning benevolent people into angry crowds. This will eventually will turn to violence as the only entities who see immigration as a wonderful virtue are the promoters of greed, gain and profit.


Brittanicus
Comment posted March 29, 2010 @ 8:50 pm

Learn immigration facts, not the lies from the national press, unions, non-profit foundation, the wealthy lobbyists and of course the faith groups. We might also mention radical, anti-American groups like the ACLU, US Chamber of Commerce and the Council of Foreign Relations. Not forgetting organizations as La Raza (The race) All these entities receive large donations, unlike ordinary Americans who assist organizations such as the under mentioned to fight back against anti-sovereignty, and pro-Amnesty organizations. Read the truth at http://www.numbersusa.com and about the corruption in Washington, relating to immigration at http://www.judicialwatch.org


francis
Comment posted March 29, 2010 @ 9:07 pm

you deserved an autistic son.


strangely_enough
Comment posted March 29, 2010 @ 9:51 pm

Because xenophobia is so American…


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