Now that the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement has decided to reassign 1,000 agents who were working on identifying and deporting illegal aliens to perform customs investigations instead, informal arrangements between local and state law enforcement and ICE are likely to suffer. This severely undercuts Governor Kaine’s contention that such arrangements are adequate to Virginia’s future needs and that there’s no reason for the state to enter into the Section 287(g) Program. Current efforts haven’t prevented some illegal aliens being added to the Sex Offender Registry instead of being deported. If we get even fewer dedicated resources from ICE, this is only going to worsen.
If there will be fewer resources from ICE devoted to removing criminal illegal aliens from Virginia, can Virginia afford not to add state resources to this effort and at least make up for unconscionable shift of resources in some way?
Here’s the money quote from the article:
Rep. Ted Poe, Texas Republican and outspoken critic of lax immigration enforcement, said resources need to be allocated to ensure the removal of criminal illegal aliens from the U.S.
“It lacks wisdom to take 20 percent of your work force who know how to deal with criminal detainees — experienced officers — and make grapefruit inspectors out of them,” Mr. Poe said.
Indeed. The dominance of Customs personnel within the leadership of the Bureau of Immigration and Customs Enforcement is yielding disastrous results.
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