November 30, 2020         
Because Apes Are Hairy Too, MANSCAPED™ Supports the San Diego Zoo!   •   Michaels is Calling On #DifferenceMakers to Creatively Spread Holiday Cheer   •   COVID-19 Recovery Research Program launched   •   Jamaican Boy's Post-Dog Attack Procedures Highlight the Less Well-Known Side of a Plastic Surgeon's Work, says Dr. J Plastic Sur   •   iHeartMedia and Podimo Partner to Translate and Adapt Widely Popular Podcasts For Listeners Globally   •   Chris Brown Wins Big at the 2020 “Soul Train Awards” Hosted by Tisha Campbell and Tichina Arnold   •   Majority of Americans Expect to Buy Gifts This Holiday Season Despite Tumultuous Year, but Many Cut From the Gift List According   •   Hall of Fame Resort & Entertainment Company Reveals Details of Hall Of Trivia on HQ App   •   COVID-19 Can Be Beat - Please Don't Shut Down All Youth Activities Indiscriminately   •   Satmar Cancels Grand Annual Dinner   •   Afiya Bennett Makes Stunning Appearance in L'officiel Brasil in Honor of Black Awareness Day in Brasil   •   realme's 50M Sales Achievement Attracts Positive Comments From Industry Leaders Anticipating Its Future   •   Vehicle Retail Sales Decline due to Quirky Sales Calendar; When Adjusted for Selling Days, Retail Sales Stable   •   African American Immigrant Set to Launch MultiVendor Platform for Minority Communities and Small Businesses   •   Government of Canada COVID-19 Update for Indigenous Peoples and communities   •   Comcast RISE Awards Over 700 Black-Owned, Small Businesses with Marketing and Technology Resources and Makeovers   •   More support to advance reform of services for Indigenous children and families   •   Ismael Cala launches CalaBienestar.news, a daily digital newspaper about health and wellbeing   •   Enough is Enough: Ontario Engineering Community Committed to Uprooting Systematic Biases   •   DISH Network Puts Consumers at Risk of Losing Network and Local Community Programming During Pandemic
Bookmark and Share

Reform Group: Effective Leadership, Major Review Needed At ICE

Washington D.C. - On Friday, the Washington Post reported that immigration authorities have set quotas for Immigration Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents that incentivize them to deport non-criminal undocumented non-citizens. This is directly at odds with stated White House and administration goals of focusing enforcement efforts primarily on those who have dangerous or violent criminal backgrounds. ICE later met with advocates to clarify the situation.  The following is a statement from Ali Noorani, Executive Director of the National Immigration Forum and Chair of the Reform Immigration FOR America campaign.

 

In a speech at the Center for American Progress on November 13, 2009, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano said, "in order to have fully effective law enforcement, we need Congress to create the legal foundation for bringing the millions of illegal immigrants in this country out of the shadows, require them to register and pay all taxes they owe, and enforce the penalties that they will have to pay as part of earning legal status. Let me emphasize this: we will never have fully effective law enforcement or national security as long as so many millions remain in the shadows." We agree. And, we applauded the Secretary's commitment to 'serious and effective enforcement' of our nation's immigration laws.

 

It doesn't look like ICE got the memo.

 

Immigration and Customs Enforcement has a serious credibility problem as they continue to say one thing while doing another. ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton can not effectively lead an agency when he doesn't know what his field representatives are doing or when his subordinates are delivering messages directly at odds with the purported goals of the organization and the President. The memo issued by James Chaparro, head of ICE detention and removal operations, issued way back in February, is only the latest in a series of agency mishaps that have undermined the administration's credibility on immigration enforcement policy.

 

ICE's priority should be maintaining the nation's security, not deporting workers. Americans are rightly concerned about where ICE chooses to focus its limited resources. Indiscriminate audits of employers paying good wages only harms working families, destroys communities, and does nothing to target unscrupulous employers operating in a cash only environment with appalling wages and working conditions.

 

The absurd mandate of requiring detention beds be filled - for the sake of filling them - leads to inefficient and ineffective enforcement that does not go after "the worst of the worst" as the administration promised. Instead, ICE should be focused on smart enforcement. It costs over $18,000 to apprehend a single undocumented person and over $3,300 to detain them on average.  For those costs, ICE's focus should be on those who pose a threat to our national security and community's safety. Ultimately, it is the President who is responsible for the discrepancies and inconsistencies we're hearing from Immigration and Customs Enforcement. We expected smart enforcement policies from the Obama Administration that targeted the worst of the worst, but we've gotten more of the same from ICE: misguided, ineffective, and expensive enforcement. We can't deport our way to a controlled and orderly system. Instead of pandering to extremists who want to deport everyone, Secretary Napolitano and President Obama must intensify their efforts to pass comprehensive immigration reform this year to restore sanity to the broken immigration system.

 

Given the chaos and confusion at ICE, we call on Secretary Napolitano to complete an investigation of ICE's policies and procedures to ensure their operations are falling in line with the Administration's directives.

 

###

 Martine Apodaca (202) 383-5989



Back to top
| Back to home page
Video

White House Live Stream
LIVE VIDEO EVERY SATURDAY
alsharpton Rev. Al Sharpton
9 to 11 am EST
jjackson Rev. Jesse Jackson
10 to noon CST


Video

LIVE BROADCASTS
Sounds Make the News ®
WAOK-Urban
Atlanta - WAOK-Urban
KPFA-Progressive
Berkley / San Francisco - KPFA-Progressive
WVON-Urban
Chicago - WVON-Urban
KJLH - Urban
Los Angeles - KJLH - Urban
WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
New York - WKDM-Mandarin Chinese
WADO-Spanish
New York - WADO-Spanish
WBAI - Progressive
New York - WBAI - Progressive
WOL-Urban
Washington - WOL-Urban

Listen to United Natiosns News