ICE agents vote ‘no confidence’ in leaders, say amnesty coming.

The union that represents rank-and-file field agents at U.S. Immigration…

The union that represents rank-and-file field agents at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has unanimously passed a “vote of no confidence” for the agency’s leadership, saying ICE has “abandoned” its core mission of protecting the public to support a political agenda favoring amnesty.

The National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 7,000 ICE agents and employees, voted 259-0 for a resolution saying there was “growing dissatisfaction and concern” over the leadership of Assistant Secretary John Morton, who heads ICE, and Phyllis Coven, assistant director for the agency’s office of detention policy and planning.

The resolution said ICE leadership had “abandoned the agency’s core mission of enforcing U.S. immigration laws and providing for public safety,” instead directing its attention “to campaigning for programs and policies related to amnesty and the creation of a special detention system for foreign nationals that exceeds the care and services provided to most U.S. citizens similarly incarcerated.

“It is the desire of our union … to publicly separate ourselves from the actions of Director Morton and Assistant Director Coven and publicly state that ICE officers and employees do not support Morton or Coven or their misguided and reckless initiatives, which could ultimately put many in America at risk,” the union said.

In a strongly worded statement, the union and its affiliated local councils said the integrity of the agency “as well as the public safety” would be “better provided for in the absence of Director Morton and Assistant Director Coven.”

The statement also noted that:

• The majority of ICE’s enforcement and removal officers are prohibited from making street arrests or enforcing U.S. immigration laws outside of the jail setting.

• Hundreds of ICE officers nationwide perform no law enforcement duties whatsoever because of resource mismanagement within the agency.

• ICE detention reforms have transformed into a detention system aimed at providing resortlike living conditions to criminal aliens based on recommendations not from ICE officers and field managers, but from “special-interest groups.”

• The lack of technical expertise and field experience has resulted in a priority of providing bingo nights, dance lessons and hanging plants to criminals, instead of addressing safe and responsible detention reforms for noncriminal individuals and families.

• Unlike any other agency in the nation, ICE officers will be prevented from searching detainees housed in ICE facilities, allowing weapons, drugs and other contraband into detention centers — putting detainees, ICE officers and contract guards at risk.

• Senior leadership ignores reports that ICE internal investigations by the office of professional responsibility conceal agency and supervisor misconduct and are used to retaliate against employees who make whistleblower-type disclosures or question inappropriate policies and procedures.

Source: NewsMax

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  • Eric

    Subject: The Border Issue and American Decline, an Opinion

    According to the respected, geopolitical think-tank, STRATFOR (www.stratfor.com), the “Border Issue” is but one of many problems for a “new” Century, especially for America. Of course, this will be of no comfort to ICE’s rank-and-file, but seasoned, street cops who seek to advance their “art” are used to the “not Good, not Bad, just Reality” Mindset, so they can most effectively prosecute their missions under any of the likely adverse circumstances perceived as possible risks which may have to be countered. Unfortunately, on the larger scale, very adverse circumstances are likely to be ahead for America – where the Border Issue is but a symptom of very serious decline. I believe we will need to regain what made America great, and, to accomplish this, I believe foremost we must rekindle our desire — beyond the select elite –to confront and solve serious social problems, both macro and personal. This is not from an “Alarmist” perspective, but a “Realist” perspective. I will briefly touch on these challenging themes, below.

    Essentially, one critical aspect of “Realism” concerns how problems are addressed and solved. Do we avoid them or seek them out? In other words, as asserted by a very hard-core character in the 2004 dystopian science fiction film, CODE 46, “We all have problems; it is a measure of our worth how we deal with them.” Thus, if there is a complex, especially negative scenario which has to be “gotten through” as well as “solved,” one must understand it to the best level for practical action to rationally yield a likely desired outcome. As in the Chinese Game of Go, I propose we must strive to be a “Man of Thought and a Man of Action.” I believe women need to do the same for gender is no guarantee of survival in the Brave New World likely to be ahead for all of us who are used to the exceptional prosperity of the past. We need both “thought” and “action” if we are not going to just survive, but to prevail and prosper. Not idealistic futurism but, rather, “pragmatic, anticipatory thinking” is demanded by the likely adverse times ahead.

    We will need to especially control strong emotions and remember what the “Founders intended.”

    I believe “History” supports my approach, and the aforementioned mindset and qualities are what is needed for “hard times.” From this perspective, the first step to really deal with serious large scale issues is to “strategically” consider the major interconnected elements.

    For example, with regard to the Border Issue, we should ask, why “Amnesty” at this time? How does this relate to other issues? How do major political parties benefit from adverse situations where many citizens don’t? Who wins? Who stands to lose? The following source may help answer these and related questions.

    STRATFOR’s founder, George Friedman, has recently published a book, THE NEXT HUNDRED YEARS: A FORECAST FOR THE 21st CENTURY (2009). The book is an accessible overview of predictions on world trends from a geopolitical perspective. Geopolitics may be loosely defined as a predictive discipline which combines “strategic theory” + “geography” + “history” + “demographics” + “economics” + “trend analysis,” including lifestyle change and technological developments. The goal is to try to predict very general but strategically relevant trends, even the rise and fall of “cultures.” It is relevant to the Border Issue, which is connected to many larger scale issues, which geopolitics may also potentially “answer.”

    Relating to the article on the ICE Union members’ recent, collective “no-confidence” position on the Border Issue, Friedman’s book provides a perspective which asserts the possibility the North American “capital” may shift from Washington, DC to Mexico City, over the next hundred years. Furthermore, there is a potential for large parts of US territory being returned to Mexico (e.g., CA, NV, AZ, NM, TX). While this scenario has been presented by numerous, “conspiracy theory” writers, STRATFOR, presents this scenario of American border-state loss from a sober, analytical perspective.

    In particular, the scenario predicts the potential for large portions of the US to be lost because, unlike the historical experience of previous generations of immigrants becoming part of American culture, recent immigrants (according to STRATFOR), especially from Mexico, are generally not becoming part of American culture because they essentially retain their Mexican “psychological” identity because of the close ties they retain with Mexico. Furthermore, business trends are encouraging especially low wage immigration – opposed to “high-skill, high-wage” immigration – as the deteriorating US economy demands increasingly “cheap” labor as high-paid jobs are increasingly being exported (i.e., globalization), and the service sector increasingly demands a low-wage labor force. The likely long-term, negative prosperity trend for American citizens should be obvious.

    On a world-scale, Friedman’s book asserts the 21st Century may be more violent than the 20th. For example, serious economic and cultural conflict, especially over dwindling “conventional” natural resources. Not one “big” world war but multiple “large” conflicts involving governments (able to strategically project force into the US) which we do not consider to be military powers today. This scenario appears in parallel to Friedman’s predictions in a recent work of speculative fiction, COMOS INCORPORATED by Maurice Dantec (2006).

    One thing is certain, these are very uncertain times, apparently lacking “leadership” to correct the emerging imbalances.

    The very old Chinese curse, “May you live in ‘interesting’ times” appears to have disturbing validity to our own time, which may materialize as a “perfect storm” of Bad Economics, such as the End of the Dollar Standard and Macro-Trade Imbalances causing the End of the American Dream. Further grim predictions include major political parties siding with global as opposed to interests of their own country, flagrant corruption, post-withdraw implosion of Iraq, Taliban re-conquest of Afghanistan, Islamic-Christian religious conflict inside the US, the reemergence of 1960s-style racial strife and a collapsing national border with corresponding “return” of major territory to Mexico. If these trends materialize and disrupt the internal affairs of the US to a level adversely affecting global perceptions of US “stability” and market “viability,” then what is the real –as opposed to predicted—political and economic impact? How will investors “see” the US as a stable location for investments? How will the debt be funded? “Interesting times” indeed, where the “Boarder Issue” is but a symptom…

    Remember, “not Good, not Bad, just Reality” will most likely carry those of us who survive through the worst. Happy thoughts!

  • jay

    very true

  • dido that neil, he must have went to the same school as eric holder,because he failed to understand what ICE stands for! just one more jack off that holds a post that he could never fullfil. im so sick of all the low life cowards
    that refuse to do their jobs at the risk of being
    targeted by worthless,hopeless,cowards of the obama regiem! fire them all!
    long live the tea party,and thank you jan brewer

  • Neil

    This guy is a disgrace to America. Refusing to answer Arizona’s calls and bending over for Obama. Obama should be impeached and his entire staff from Napolitanno to Morton should be fired and made examples of. All should be tried for treason.