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ICE rep: DHS is just letting illegal aliens go (Obama's DREAM Act)

The video below shows Chris Crane of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council - a union representing 7200 ICE officers and employees - claiming that the orders from the Department of Homeland Security are to just release those who claim to be covered by Obama's DREAM Act amnesty [1].

In the following, "DREAMer" refers to those who would be covered by that amnesty:

Prosecutorial discretion for "DREAMers" is solely based on the individual's claims. Our orders are, if an alien says they went to high school, then let them go. If they say they have a GED, then let them go. Officers have been told that there is no burden for the alien to prove anything. Even with the greatly relaxed policies, the alien is not even required to prove that they meet any of the new criteria.

At this point, we don't understand why DHS has criteria at all, as there is no requirement or burden to prove anything on the part of the alien. We believe that significant numbers of people who are not DREAMers are taking advantage of this practice to avoid arrest.

As another example, the incident in El Paso that we released publicly last week, ICE managers were provided the following details: 1. an alien was arrested by local police and placed in jail on two charges. Charge 1: assault with bodily injury to a family member, and Charge 2: interfering with that person's attempts to call for emergency assistance. When ICE later arrest the individual for immigration violations, he attempted to escape - another criminal offense. One agent was injured during the incident, claiming the injuries were intentionally inflicted by the escapee, another criminal offense - of course, assault of a federal agent. In this case we have four possible criminal charges, two involving violence, one injured family member, and one injured officer.

Without any questioning, without any investigation, the alien was released as a DREAMer. No criminal charges, to immigration charges, no nothing. He's a DREAMer, release him. Incidents like this around the nation lead us to believe that the new policies will be ineffective in terms of providing for public safety.

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[1] This was at a press conference hosted by Sen. Jeff Sessions. On the video, George McCubben from the National Border Patrol Council says that, despite Janet Napolitano's claims, the border is not secure.

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Other tags: obama immigration

Thu, 07/26/2012 - 21:36 · Importance: 4