8.05.2010

Immigration Policy

I've got a link (click here) to a pretty stunning memo written and released by the Union workers of ICE (Immigration and Customs Enforcement). It's a vote of no-confidence in the director of ICE, and if we had a responsible mainstream journalism in this country that wasn't carrying water for Obama, this would be front page news on every paper in the country.

It's only two pages long, so I won't bother summarizing it. Suffice it to say that it paints a surprising picture of just how bad things have gotten. No wait, I can't resist regurgitating just one of the bullet points:
  • While ICE reports internally that more than 90 percent of ICE detainees are first encountered by ICE in jails after they are arrested by local police for criminal charges, ICE senior leadership misrepresents this information publicly in order to portray ICE detainees as being non-criminal in nature to support the [Obama] Administration's position on amnesty and relaxed security at ICE detention facilities.

3 comments:

fenhopper said...

it looks like a pretty bleak complaint about how tough it is for a bunch of cops to do their job. but let me ask you this, when you make a claim about "how bad things have gotten" what do you mean?

Casey said...

I mean the extent to which the federal government has become comfortable wielding its power without regarding the law. So, if it thinks it's useful to employ ten million+ brown-skinned people from Central America without recognizing them as citizens or giving them the protections proper to citizens (things like minimum wage, for example), then it just ignores the law and lets a flood of cheap labor enter, violating common sense and human rights in one fell swoop. Not to mention failing to protect national parks from armed invaders.

What did you want me to say: that the Mexicans are coming, the Mexicans are coming?

fenhopper said...

you threw in "wielding its power" pretty easily. what power has the gov't shown by ignoring the infestation? are you talking about the power to not-do-something?

are you arguing for more government regulation of employers? is it really important that small businesses pay minimum wage if there are people willing to work for less? and won't the flood of cheap labor stop once there are no jobs? which should be any minute now, right?

you'll forgive me for suspecting that your argument is sidling up next to lou dobbs. you haven't given much evidence that you reject such views.