ICE Agents Slam Latest Non-Enforcement Policy
By Jack Martin, FAIR Special Projects Director
The national union of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents, representing some 7,000 members, has attacked the recent policy announcement of ICE director John Morton that expands the practice of ignoring illegal immigration status by the use of prosecutorial discretion. The president of the ICE union, Chris Crane, issued a statement calling Morton's policy announcement a "law enforcement nightmare." The statement urged people to contact Congress and call for a reversal of this new policy.
Crane's statement said, "I think the writing is on the wall for every person concerned about good government and effective immigration reforms - the things happening at ICE represent neither." The June 17, 2011 Morton memo, according to the union statement,"...is a means for every person here illegally to avoid arrest or detention; as officers we will never know who we can or cannot arrest."