Monday, July 24, 2017

Veteran ICE Agent, Disillusioned with the Trump Era, Speaks Out


President Trump is changing the enforcement priorities of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.  Based on discussions with a "disillusioned" ICE agent,  Jonathan Blitzer for the New Yorker discusses how the new Presidents has created an enforcement fervor in the agency:

"The agent, who has worked in federal immigration enforcement since the Clinton Administration, has been unsettled by the new order at ICE. During the campaign, many rank-and-file agents publicly cheered Trump’s pledge to deport more immigrants, and, since Inauguration Day, the Administration has explicitly encouraged them to pursue the undocumented as aggressively as possible. “We’re going to get sued,” the agent told me at one point. “You have guys who are doing whatever they want in the field, going after whoever they want.” At first, the agent spoke to me on the condition that I not publish anything about our conversations. But that has changed. Increasingly angry about the direction in which ICE is moving, the agent agreed last week to let me publish some of the details of our talks, as long as I didn’t include identifying information."

The article is extremely interesting reading.


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