Friday, August 7, 2009

The Return Of Catch-And-Release

Not trout, but illegal aliens. John Morton, the head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, who never arrested a single criminal or illegal alien, has decided to make over ICE's detention policy and proceedure. http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-dyn/content/article/2009/08/06/AR2009080601543.html?hpid=moreheadlines He claims that this is not about changing the numbers in custody, but about the conditions. "The changes should not reduce the number of ICE detainees, he said. 'This is not about whether or not we detain people, this is about how we detain them,' he said. "

However, the story goes on to say this:

"ICE will stop sending families to the T. Don Hutto Residential Center near Austin, a 512-bed former state prison. The Bush administration highlighted the family detention facility as a symbol of its immigration crackdown efforts, but it became a lightning rod for litigation over the government's treatment of children.

ICE will instead begin relocating the 127 remaining detainees at Hutto, Morton said. Some will be transferred to an 84-bed former nursing home in Pennsylvania, the Berks Family Shelter Care facility, while others will be considered for programs that do not require detention, such as home monitoring, he said. He said no deadline to complete the moves has been set."

So, the real plan is to release as many illegal aliens as possible. The return to catch-and-release. Just part of the Obama plan to increase the number of illegal aliens in the U.S. for the upcoming amnesty.

Morton claims that a new system will be built based on not holding illegal aliens with other criminals.

"'With these reforms, ICE will move away from our present decentralized jail approach to a system that is wholly designed for and based on civil detention needs and the needs of the people we detain.'"

No plan to centralize the holding of illegal aliens from the current decentralized system that uses empty beds in state and local prisons and jails can save money either. To build and staff a series of new large custody facilities near large cities such as New York, San Francisco, Phoenix, Dallas, Atlanta, etc. will cost billions. Obviously the government cannot afford that right now and it certainly cannot be build int 3-5 years. So the solution will inevitably be to release the aliens. The majority of whom will become fugitives as over 90% of aliens released before their hearing never show and 99% become fugitives after being ordered deported. Given that the Bush Amnesty included absconders, this appears to be the plan to reward illegal immigration and absconders.

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