Sunday, March 29, 2009

Shift on Raids May Be Coming

Homeland Security Secretary Janel Napolitano has order a review of ICE's factories raids. Her own preference on enforcement is to concentrate on criminal elements -- drug smugglers and employers that exploit the system. Next week she is to release a set of protocols that may shift ICE away from mass arrests on factory raids. Last week the Obama administration release plans to cooperate more aggressively with Mexico to stop the drug violence on the border. A shift may be part of that new initiative. As a spokesman for the immigrant-friendly National Immigration Forum put it, now ICE will "prioritize drug smuggler, not window washers." (See Washington Post article.)

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