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On June 11, 2010, the union of federal officers and agents sworn to uphold our immigration laws issued a letter expressing a unanimous vote of no confidence in Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) director John Morton and an ICE Assistant Director, Phyllis Coven. Morton was appointed to his job in 2009 by President Obama.
Why did the ICE agents write the letter ?
Because they believe Morton isn't interested in upholding immigration law, and is instead campaigning for amnesty.
The letter said ICE leadership had "abandoned the agency's core mission of enforcing U.S. immigration laws and providing for public safety," and is instead "campaigning for programs and policies related to amnesty and the creation of a special detention system for foreign nationals that exceeds the care and services provided to most U.S. citizens similarly incarcerated."
Hmmm. I wonder where ICE chief Morton gets his priorities ?
The ICE union is having none of it. From the letter:
"It is the desire of our union … to publicly separate ourselves from the actions of Director Morton and Assistant Director Coven and publicly state that ICE officers and employees do not support Morton or Coven or their misguided and reckless initiatives, which could ultimately put many in America at risk."
They want Morton to resign, saying the integrity of the agency, "as well as the public safety" would be would be "better provided for in the absence of Director Morton and Assistant Director Coven."
The letter accuses ICE leadership of lying to the public:
"While ICE reports internally that more than 90 percent of ICE detainees are first encountered in jails after they are arrested by local police for criminal charges, ICE senior leadership misrepresents this information publicly in order to portray ICE detainees as being non-criminal in nature to support the Administration's position on amnesty and relaxed security at ICE detention facilities."
Hey, that part about 90% of illegals coming to ICE after being arrested by local police for criminal charges......isn't that what the Obama Justice Dept. just SUED Arizona about ? It turns out that's what's been happening all along. So much for federal pre-emption. The accusations against Morton are consistent with Morton's previous statement that he might not process illegals referred to him by Arizona. If you remember that embarassing display, Morton thought enforcing immigration law was just too darn burdensome.
The letter says many ICE agents are prohibited from doing their jobs:
"The majority of ICE ERO Officers are prohibited from making street arrests or enforcing United States immigration laws outside of the institutional (jail) setting. This has effectively created "amnesty through policy" for anyone illegally in the United States who has not been arrested by another agency for a criminal violation."
I haven't seen the mainstream media (MSM) report on this story, not that I expect they will report it. Inconvenient to the narrative, and all that. Maybe they will report it if they come up with a good rebuttal. But the MSM did conveniently report that deportations of illegals by the Obama administration are expected to be up by 10% this year over 2008. In the above link, ICE chief Morton was cited:
A June 30 memorandum from ICE director John Morton instructed officers to focus their "principal attention" on felons and repeat lawbreakers. The policy, influenced by a series of sometimes-heated White House meetings, also targets repeat border crossers and declares that parents caring for children or the infirm should be detained only in unusual cases.
Now, if Morton is only targeting illegals who are criminals, as both Morton and the union letter maintain, and deportations are UP by 10%, doesn't that mean there are MORE illegal immigrant criminals, thus JUSTIFYING Arizona's and other states requests for more border control and more means to combat the illegals ? It seems so to me.