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  •  I'm happy to asnwer this (13+ / 0-)

    This is a top down problem.  Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has a reputation as a rogue agency that does whatever it wants wants despite the policies that come from DC.  I've had ICE officials in DC tell me that they can make policies, but they can't force the local offices to actually follow them.  

    The problem is, that's not true.  The administration has done nothing to try and gain control over the agency.  Law and agreements with the union prevent them from simply firing people, but there are other things they can do like move people around, promote people who actually follow those policies, and the like.  

    Where I work, we used to have a really good Field Office Director, probably the best in the country.  But he retired because he was tired of the culture that was in place and I know that he opposed some of the harsher tactics under the Bush Administration.  Instead of replacing him with someone who agreed with the policies coming out of DC, they replaced him with someone who is just freakin' insane.  

    •  This is exactly correct (0+ / 0-)

      There are good people in ICE and in CIS.  They are not all bad and I don't want to give the perception that I am demonizing the immigration service.

      But it is incontestible that many, many ICE staff see their role as getting people on a fast track out of the United States.  This is particularly true for those involved in deportation.  By and large, it is a conservative law-enforcement oriented culture.  The numbers are so high because the Administration is efficient, and also has provided ample resources to ICE.  They have been far better at turning the agency into a fearsomely well-run operation than at getting lower levels to excercise a little discretion.  

      “If the misery of the poor be caused not by the laws of nature, but by our institutions, great is our sin.” Charles Darwin

      by ivorybill on Thu Jun 14, 2012 at 04:44:12 PM PDT

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