Sunday, August 17, 2008
We Don't Do Checkpoints
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is an agency of the Department of Homeland Security that really doesn't want to do the job it is assigned to. It is run by Julie Meyers, who had no experience with law enforcement until she was appointed to head the Department of Commerce's Office of Export Administration now called the Bureau of Industry and Security. There she managed, without and previous law enforcement experience, about 30 special agents enforcing the laws governing export of sensitive technology. She has never completed a law enforcement academy nor ever made an arrest herself. She is the member of an administration that actually supports amnesty for the illegal aliens she is supposed to arrest. She claims that the primary goal of her agency is the protection of America from terrorists. Actually, that is not true, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) has primary jurisdiction in terrorism cases. Her real primary responsibility is to find and arrest illegal aliens in the U.S. Since she became head of ICE, the number of illegal aliens in the U.S. has increased except for last year. Not a very good job so far. Quite frequently ICE becomes involved in public issues revolving around illegal immigration. The response of ICE usually is to deny involvement, deny any interest in the issue, or even aid illegal aliens to remain in the U.S. I posted on ICE's effort to help illegal aliens in South Carolina to attend college, even though federal law prohibits illegal aliens from attending schools in the U.S. Another of ICEs efforts to not enforce the law is when state and local police agencies start arresting illegals, ICE denies involvement and states that it doesn't perform certain law enforcement actions. It frequently denies it performs sweeps or checkpoints to find illegals either by itself or in conjuction with other law enforcement agencies. Funny thing is that the U.S. Border Patrol, part of ICE's rival agency, Customs and Border Protection, does do checkpoints, and used to do sweeps, but for some reason, that reason being it was too successful, no longer does sweeps. However, ICE has deputized numerous local agencies, such as the Maricopa County Sheriff's Office, which does do sweeps and checkpoints for illegals. The most recent controversy is in North Carolina where a statewide effort against drunk driving will include sobriety checkpoints. Many local agencies there have either been deputized by ICE or use ICE's law enforcement assistance hotline to arrest illegal aliens. This, of course, has the illegal alien community up in arms complaining about enforcing the law. However, ICE has publically stated that it is not participating in the effort against drunk driving by illegal aliens and is not assgining agents to assist in the effort. http://www.lavozindependiente.com/news.php?nid=510 In other reports, the spokesman for ICE catagorically states that ICE does not do checkpoints. However, when it suits ICE, it does do checkpoints. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2008/08/13/AR2008081303649.html?sub=AR It is just that ICE just doesn't want to catch too many illegals. Why? Because it really wants amnesty for illegals.