Thursday, August 13, 2009

Change I Can Believe In

Apparently something got to Janet Reno Napalitano. She is suddenly accepting illegal aliens who have been arrested by Maricopa County Sheriff Joe Arpaio who have committed no state offense.

This is a sudden reversal, at least in Maricopa County, of the new policy DHS policy of not taking into custody illegal aliens reported to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) by local law enforcement agencies who have not committed a state crime and been through the local prosecution procedures.

But why has Janet Reno Napalitano reversed herself. I don't know. Was it because the policy of not arresting illegal aliens is itself illegal? I like to think that my information that the policy was illegal and the agents involved subject to criminal and administrative sanctions helped. But I am not certain. The United States Attorney's Office for Arizona is notorious for not taking controversial or demanding cases and the DHS OIG office in Tucson is in disarray and has had little success at getting cases prosecuted at the USAO. ICE is also notorious for not disciplining agents subject to investigations that substantiated misconduct. And ICE's Office of Professional Responsibility Special Agents, (ICE's internal affairs office) is notorious for not vigorously investigating fellow ICE Special Agents. I hope it helped though.

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