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DHS revising rules on immigration detention; some actions might be OK, but motives questionable

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Homeland Security Department officials said on Tuesday they would enact far-reaching reforms for how Immigration and Customs Enforcement detains immigrants. The new system will prioritize the removal of criminal aliens and those slated for deportation from the country and seek alternatives to incarceration for others when appropriate, said Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.

The reforms were announced in response to the recently-completed review of the detention system by Dora Schriro, the former director of ICE's Office of Detention Policy and Planning. Schriro left the bureau in September to become the New York City commissioner of corrections.

In addition, ICE will review and centralize management of the more than 300 contracts it has negotiated with other public and private facilities to house detainees, said John Morton, assistant secretary for Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

...This fall, ICE will submit to Congress a nationwide implementation plan for creating alternatives to detention where appropriate, such as using monitoring devices on aliens who don't pose a threat to others.

...Napolitano and Morton said they were immediately pursuing plans to develop and implement a risk assessment and custody classification system that would help officials determine the appropriate facilities for detainees, with the idea that converted hotels and other residential facilities may be used to house noncriminal, nonviolent detainees.

To a certain extent, reforms like these might be a good thing, and not just because they'd give the American Civil Liberties Union and other illegal immigration-supporting groups one less place to try to hang their hats. However, considering that the Obama administration has as much use for our immigration laws as the Bush administration did, the specifics of each change will have to be closely monitored to make sure they aren't simply trying to enable illegal immigration.

UPDATE: The DHS press release is at dhs.gov/ynews/releases/pr_1254839781410.shtm

Tue, 10/06/2009 - 15:27 · Importance: 4

Tue, 10/06/2009 - 22:37
Fred Dawes
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All government will be turn against the ideals of freedom the system boys know you will never fight for freedom. The monkeys IN POWER Now need 100 million third world people here for Race and political reasons to make this nation into a place just like the world. Poor can be easily controlled and controllable for hate race reasons for the oligarch's The 400 ruling families will pick what you eat where you live and how many kids you can have and how long you will live it will be just like mexico and all other places, so when it happens and the deal has been made long ago you will be allowed to live for a time until some third world monkey wants what you have.

Wed, 10/07/2009 - 15:00
Mary

Fat Janet is helping destroy this country. Napolitano is restricting the ONLY Sheriff willing to protect the country.(Arpaio) She is pure evil...and with all that FAT-that's a lot of evil!

Wed, 10/07/2009 - 15:10
Horace

My concern is that they'll be going back to catch and release. There aren't enough ICE to manage a large number of tracking device parolees. If they decide to bolt after cutting the device off, there's really no effective means to apprehend the illegal alien. ICE will just have a ruined TD and no idea where their man has gone. The vast majority will be parollees, just as were the catch and release people were. All promised to show up for trial and vast number failed to do so. Adding a tracking collar will do little to discourage this.

Wed, 10/07/2009 - 15:44
eh

_My concern is that they'll be going back to catch and release._ Exactly.

Wed, 10/07/2009 - 16:12
Mary

That's the idea...they want them loose-then legal and then : Ta Da-Voters for the DEMON-cratic party....Future Acorn vote fraud workers....

Wed, 10/07/2009 - 20:55
Fred Dawes
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Mary is right as normal Mary can see.

Thu, 10/08/2009 - 20:50
Smitty

"seek alternatives to incarceration for others when appropriate" That's a phrase you could drive 100 million criminal aliens thorough.

Fri, 10/09/2009 - 02:13
Fred Dawes
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Smitty is right.