ICE agents handed down "No Confidence Vote" on agency brass
"On June 11, 2010, the National Immigration and Customs Council and its constituent local representatives from around the nation, acting on behalf of approximately 7,000 ICE officers and employees from the ICE Office of Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), cast a unanimous "Vote of No Confidence" in the director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), John Morton, and the assistant director of the ICE Office of Detention Policy and Planning (ODPP), Phyllis Coven."
|That is the lead paragraph from a two page June 25 press release signed by Chris Crane, president of AFGE Council 118 ICE. The statement went on to say ICE employees believe their agency has been politicized by its leadership to become a propaganda arm of the Obama administration to campaign for amnesty and special treatment of detained illegal aliens.|
"This action reflects the growing dissatisfaction and concern among ICE employees and Union leaders that Director John Morton and Assistant Director Phyllis Coven have abandoned the agency's core mission of enforcing United States Immigration Laws and providing for the public safety, and have instead directed their attention to campaigning for programs and policies related to amnesty and the creation of a special detention system for foreign nationals that exceeds the care and services provided to most United States citizens similarly incarcerated."
Specific actions of Morton and Coven that are objectionable to ICE officers and employees include:
- Leadership in the agency spends more time campaigning for a large scale amnesty policy than informing the American public of the severity of the illegal immigration problem.
- Criminal aliens in local jails seek out ICE officers so they can be deported rather than face prosecution and incarceration for their crimes; and openly brag to ICE officers they are taking advantage of the broken immigration system.
- ICE is misleading the American public on the effectiveness of criminal enforcement programs and using the lies to build support for and move forward with amnesty programs.
- To support the Obama administration's agenda of amnesty and relaxed security at detention centers, ICE reports publicly that most detainees are not criminals; but internally ICE reports 90% of detainees are first contacted by ICE in local jails after they have been arrested by local police on criminal charges.
- The majority of ICE ERO officers are prohibited from making street arrests outside of local jails, creating an "amnesty by policy" for illegals not first arrested by local police.
- Resource mismanagement by ICE precludes most officers from performing any law enforcement duties whatsoever; and those who do perform law enforcement duties spend a majority of their time performing other duties due to a lack of support staff.
- ICE detention reforms have resulted in policy that turns detention centers into resort-like facilities housing criminal aliens.
- ICE has virtually no consistent national policies, creating an environment within the agency where operations suffer, accountability does not exist, and ICE is unable to perform at its potential.
- Senior leadership ignores reports that internal investigations conceal Agency and supervisors misconduct and are used to retaliate against "whistleblower" employees and those who question inappropriate policies and procedures.
The statement closes with the following quote:
"It is our sincere belief that the integrity of the Agency as well as public safety will be better provided for in the absence of Director Morton and Assistant Director Coven."
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