Border Patrol and ICE representatives sound off on lenient immigration policy
On July 26, 2012, United States Senator Jeff Sessions, Republican, Alabama, released a video on YouTube focusing on statements from Chris Crane, the President of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) union, representing more than 7,000 ICE agents and George McCubbin III, the president of the National Border Patrol Council which represents 17,000 Border Patrol Agents.
These two federal agents explicitly describe the problems already occurring in the enforcement of Immigration related laws due to more lenient policies towards enforcement taken by President Obama’s administration.
Chris Crane, an ICE Officer for over nine years, states that management of ICE is directing its employees to not require any corroboration of aliens claiming to have attended school here in the U.S. and employees are ordered to let any that claim this go.
More chilling than this is Crane’s description of the directed release of an illegal alien who had committed several serious crimes, including assault with bodily injury to a family member, due to the claim that the alien had attended school here in the U.S and fit within the Presidents criteria of a “dreamer”.
This scenario strikes home here to the Spokane Sector of the U.S. Border Patrol. On October 7, 1999, Washington State Patrol Trooper James Saunders was murdered by an illegal alien in the Tri Cities. This murderer had been incarcerated in the Franklin County Jail and was missed by Border Patrol Agents assigned to that county jail.
Trooper Saunders’ widow sued the U.S. Border Patrol for not providing adequate coverage but sadly the lawsuit failed and now the area where Saunders was murdered has even less coverage than before his murder.
The example provided by ICE Officer Crane is chilling as this is evidently happening all across the United States with individuals who have criminal records or pending criminal charges being ignored by ICE and Border Patrol if they fit within President Obama’s administration’s criteria for those in the “dreamer” group.
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