New America Media, Commentary, Reshma Shamasunder, Posted: Feb 23, 2013
This week, a new report dealt what may be the greatest blow yet to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)’s strained credibility over its deportation practices.
The report, authored by Syracuse University’s Transactional Records Access Clearinghouse(TRAC), determined that the overwhelming majority of people ICE has asked local jails to hold for deportation had no convictions. Researchers also found that ICE has asked local jails to holdhundreds of citizens, in flagrant violation of the Constitution.
The troubled agency has strenuously claimed it prioritizes its resources to focus deportations on the most “serious” cases.
But nothing could be further from the truth.
Hundreds of thousands of separated families know this all too well, and statistics from controversial deportation programs like “Secure” Communities have also highlighted the gap between ICE’s rhetoric and reality. But now, we have more extensive evidence of just how out of control ICE is.
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