ICE No Longer Conducting Workplace Raids

3 04 2009

Cross posted from Virtuous Republic

As someone who uses the ICE website for source information on illegal immigration, I had noticed a paucity of new releases on work place enforcement since the day Obama ascended into the White House.

Guess what, I was right.  From the Washington Post:

Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano has delayed a series of proposed immigration raids and other enforcement actions at U.S. workplaces in recent weeks, asking agents in her department to apply more scrutiny to the selection and investigation of targets as well as the timing of raids, federal officials said.

A senior department official said the delays signal a pending change in whom agents at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement choose to prosecute — increasing the focus on businesses and executives instead of ordinary workers.

“ICE is now scrutinizing these cases more thoroughly to ensure that [targets] are being taken down when they should be taken down, and that the employer is being targeted and the surveillance and the investigation is being done how it should be done,” said the official, discussing Napolitano’s views about sensitive law enforcement matters on the condition of anonymity.

“There will be a change in policy, but in the interim, you’ve got to scrutinize the cases coming up,” the senior DHS official said, noting Napolitano’s expectations as a former federal prosecutor and state attorney general.

Another DHS official said Napolitano plans to release protocols this week to ensure more consistent work-site investigations and less “haphazard” decision-making.

Napolitano’s moves have led some to question President Obama’s commitment to work-site raids, which were a signature of Bush administration efforts to combat illegal immigration. Napolitano has highlighted other priorities, such as combating Mexican drug cartels and catching dangerous criminals who are illegal immigrants.

Napolitano’s moves foreshadow the difficult political decisions the Obama administration faces as it decides whether to continue mass arrests of illegal immigrant workers in sweeps of meatpackers, construction firms, defense contractors and other employers.

Critics say workplace and neighborhood sweeps are harsh and indiscriminate, and they accuse the government of racial profiling, violating due process rights and committing other humanitarian abuses.

The raids have enraged Latino community and religious leaders, immigrant advocates and civil liberties groups important to the Democratic base, who have stepped up pressure on Obama to stop them.

At a rally last week in Chicago, Cardinal Francis George, head of the archdiocese of Obama’s home city, called on the government “to end immigration raids and the separation of families” and support an overhaul of immigration law. “Reform would be a clear sign this administration is truly about change,” George said.

Also last week, House Speaker Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus made similar calls as the caucus met formally with Obama for the first time.

“Raids that break up families in that way, just kick in the door in the middle of the night, taking [a] father, a parent away, that’s just not the American way. It must stop,” Pelosi added at a Capitol Hill conference on border issues sponsored by the U.S. Chamber of Commerce.

In case you doubt, here are some screen shots from ICE’s new release page.  Note several workplace enforcement article just before Obama’s coronation and the lack thereafter.

Click on the thumbnails to see the full size picture.

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Time to ratchet the pressure back up on the Washington establishment.  Whether blue blood Republican or leftist Democrat, neither have the will to stop illegal immigration.  I do not understand the sympathy our leaders have for people who break our laws by illegally entering our nation, who violate our laws by using fake social security numbers and driver’s licenses, who often do no pay taxes, and who tax our schools and hospitals to the breaking point.

Our politicians need to start caring about America first and maybe those who voted for them and who could just as easily vote against them.

**This was a production of The Coalition Against Illegal Immigration (CAII). If you would like to participate, please go to the above link to learn more. Afterwards, email brianbonner90-at-gmail-dot-com and let us know at what level you would like to participate.

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24 07 2009
MARY HEPP

THIS COUTRY HAS GONE TOO FAR AND LONG IN BEING THE NICE GUY AND GIVES TO SO MUCH. IT IS ABOUT TIME OUR GOVERNMNT HEARD THE PEOPLE AND BRING THIS COUNTRY BACK ON ITS FIEET. OUR LAWS HAVE BEEN DESTROYED WITH ALL THE LOOP HOLES. OUR SO CALLED IMMIGRANTS GET MORE FROM THE GOVERNMENT THAN THE REAL AMERICAN TAX PAYING CITIZENS. SINCE WHEN IS THERE AND AFRICAN AMERICAN, CHINESE AMERICAN, MEXICAN AMERICAN NEED I GO ON. WHEN AMERICA SHOULD BE FIRST. OUR FOREFATHERS WHO FOUNDED THIS NATION ARE PROBABLY TURNING OVER IN THEIR GRAVES WITH MIXED UP MESS WE ARE IN TODAY. WE NEED A TOUGH GOVERNMENT THAT MEANS WHAT THEY REALLY FEEL AND EXPRESS THEMSELVES WITHOUT THINKING THAT THEY ARE GOING TO HURT SOMEONES FEELINGS. WE NEED TO MAKE SURE THAT EVERYONE ENTERS THIS COUNTRY LEAGALLY. I KNOW WAY BACK THAT WHEN OUR IMMIGRANTS CAME TO THIS COUNTRY THEY WENT THRU ELIS ISLAND TO BE SURE THEY WERE SAFE TO ENTER THE USA. CHECKED FOR DESEASES THAT THEY MAY HAVE ETC. WHY IS IT WE LET IMMIGRANTS IN AND WANT TO GIVE THEM AMNESTAY AND HAVE MY HARD EARNED RETIRED MONEIES HELP PAY FOR THEY MEDICAL, SCHOOLING, COLLEGE, HOUSING ETC. I WORKED VERY HARD AND RAISING 3 CHILDREN BUT NEVER IN MY LIFE EXPECTED MY GOVERNMENT TO GIVE A PENNY TO SURVIVE. I BELIEVE ALL OF OUR ELECTED GOV. OFFICIALS NEED A LESSON AS MANY OF US ELDERS HAVE. I DO NOT KNOW WHY WE ARE PAYING MRS OBAMA FOR ALL THE STAFF SHE CURRENTLY HAS …. SHE HAS NO PAYING JOB TO REQUIRE ALL OF THOSE PROPLE. PRES. OBAMA HAS A LOT TOLEARN. HE SPEAKS LIKE HE KNOW WHAT HE IS TALKING ABOUT BUT WITHOUT THOSE PROMPTERS. WHAT WOULD HE SOUND LIKE? I HAVE HEARD MANY OF OF PRESS CONFERENCE AND WHEN ASKED A QUESTION AND NO PROMPTER HE DOES NOT SOUND LIKE THE PERSON WHO WROTE HIS SPEECHES. TO END THIS ANGER I HAVE WITH THIS ADMINISTRATION LET THE PEOPLE VOTE ON THE HEALTH CARE PLAN AND AS FAR AS BAILING OUT ALL OF THOSE COMPANIES THAT IS ANOTHER SUBJECT. WE ARE LOSING OUR COUNTRY TO A LOT OF NON CONFORMING “I DON’T CARE” REPRESENTATIVES.

23 04 2009
jvilla

THIS COUNTRY IS SO SCREWED WITH OBAMA AND NAPOLITANO IF I COULD MOVE TO CHINA I WOULD! if illegals dont want to be deported well you know what dont come to this country illegaly and dont bring all your family with you and all your illega children! if you dont want your family to be separated then dont come here and make 5 anchor babies when you know that you all dont have any papers to be here! this country is so screwed where are the republicans!

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