Saturday, December 8, 2012
ICE Agents Deported Chicago Residents Without Criminal Histories Based on Unsubstantiated Claims of Gang Membership
Recent years have seen records of removals of noncitizens from the United States, including more than 400,000 in fiscal years 2010 and 2011. We have been reassured by President Obama and Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano that the removal efforts focus on "criiminal aliens."
In a troubling post, States Without Nations reports that federal agents in a special "Gang Surge Operation" "have been arresting and deporting people based solely on unreviewed allegations of alienage and gang membership, including juveniles." When confronted with the facts, an agent "indicated satisfaction that U.S. residents merely accused of gang membership and minor crimes were being deported with neither criminal nor immigration hearings." Click the link above for more information.