Wednesday, February 4, 2009

ICE Fugitive Raids Deceptive

The Migration Policy Institute released a report implying that the Immigration and Custom Services has misled Congress on its "fugitive raids". An especially controversial practice, it's intent is to round up those immigrants who have ignored deportation orders. The number is more a half million. When the program was approved and funded by Congress ICE promised to go after those who were criminals or terrorists. The reality is that it scoped up more non-dangerous scofflaws than criminals. Often the raiders would make "collateral apprehensions" or pick up undocumented aliens who are not under a deportation order. The abuses of the raids had been documented anecdotally, but the MPI study went through internal administrative directives and documented that most picked up by the program were not dangerous or not under a deportation order or even here legally. (See New York Times article.)

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