ICE Draft Memo Directs Local Police To Stop Enforcing Immigration Laws

The agency whose mission it is to enforce our immigration laws, is circulating draft memos to local law enforcement officers that direct them to not enforce our immigration laws? Have I got that right?

Why does every day in ObAmerica seem more and more like George Orwell’s1984?

Jessica Vaughan from The Center for Immigration Studies, reports:

ICE’s misleadingly-named Office of State and Local Cooperation (OSLC) has announced the next step in the Obama administration’s efforts to drastically diminish the scope of immigration law enforcement. According to a draft policy document now being circulated among a limited group of stakeholders, ICE chief John Morton intends to prohibit not only his officers, but also local officers with 287(g) immigration authority, from busting illegal aliens who are discovered as a result of traffic violations.

Never mind that local patrol officers around the country routinely come across unlicensed illegal alien drivers in unsafe and/or uninsured vehicles, sometimes transporting vanloads of smuggled and illegally employed aliens with stolen identities. Forget the 9/11 terrorists, the Ft. Dix plotters, the Times Square bomber’s money brokers, and the many other notorious illegal aliens who have driven our streets without fear of encountering local cops or immigration law enforcement. Don’t mention that the Colorado State Patrol has eliminated (knock on wood) alien smuggling-related traffic fatalities by implementing a 287(g) program that removed illegal aliens caught driving unsafely on Colorado highways (see “The 287(g) Program: Protecting Hometowns and Homeland“).

According to the draft document’s cover e-mail from Ann Yom Steel, a political appointee whose mission seems to be to harass and discourage local agencies who want to help ICE and who want ICE to help them, the agency is responding to the “many concerns [of immigration law enforcement critics] related to immigration detainers, including that they could distort the state criminal process or open the window for pretextual, minor criminal charges.” In other words, ICE believes the ethnic advocacy groups who accuse local cops and sheriffs of abusing their authority by trumping up traffic charges on innocent illegal aliens in order to have them deported. Therefore, all illegal aliens who violate traffic laws will get a free pass from ICE, unless they also happen to have committed other “real” crimes. The policy draft says: “Immigration officers shall not issue a detainer unless an LEA [law enforcement agency] has exercised its independent authority to arrest the alien. Immigration officers shall not issue detainers for aliens who have been temporarily detained by the LEA (i.e. roadside or Terry stops) but not arrested,” although the LEA may hold them without a detainer if ICE is coming right away (don’t hold your breath).

Read on for more, including Morton’s already implemented  “catch and release” policy.

As Mark Krikorian notes at The Corner, this comes on the heels of last month’s DHS memo on how to create a de facto amnesty without congressional consent.

And the left wonders why Americans are increasingly suspicious and distrustful of the President.




11 thoughts on “ICE Draft Memo Directs Local Police To Stop Enforcing Immigration Laws

  1. Ovomit is only interested in going after legal, taxpaying citizens. If you’re illegal, you are legal to be illegal. This is disgusting. This drip, drip, drip of complete disdain by Obama for American citizens is simply mad. The anger in our country is building to such an extent that something is going to give, and it’s not going to be pleasant.


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