It's no competition. ICE and CBP have always been worse than regular cops. They're just feeling especially emboldened now.
https://www.facebook.com/RepLeeZeldin/posts/943379515830833?comment_id=943381772497274&comment_tracking=%7B%22tn%22%3A%22R%22%7Dthis is how the minds of certain people work etc
I wonder when we'll first get reports of the death camps
Quote from: brugroffil on April 20, 2018, 07:11:44 AMI wonder when we'll first get reports of the death campsYou mean like the ones Arpiao used to run here in AZ? (And still got re-elected 3-4 times.)
Quote from: Worldtraveller on April 20, 2018, 09:47:01 AMQuote from: brugroffil on April 20, 2018, 07:11:44 AMI wonder when we'll first get reports of the death campsYou mean like the ones Arpiao used to run here in AZ? (And still got re-elected 3-4 times.) Your post sounds like Arpaio elections are in the past.
Washington (CNN)The agency in charge of US immigration services has updated its mission statement to no longer include the phrase "nation of immigrants."Instead, the US Citizenship and Immigration Services' new mission statement emphasizes "safeguarding its integrity" and "securing the homeland."The new statement was announced to the agency's employees Thursday, according to a USCIS official."The agency's new mission statement was developed and debuted within the agency by USCIS Director Cissna during his first conference with USCIS senior leadership from around the world," the official said. "It reflects the director's guiding principles for the agency. This includes a focus on fairness, lawfulness and efficiency, protecting American workers and safeguarding the homeland. These key priorities are reflected in the agency's new mission statement."
One of the more unusual examples of locals trying to assist ICE was a case of a Cumberland County district judge who twice called ICE about couples who came before her to be married, according to the report.The district judge, Elizabeth Beckley, did not respond to numerous attempts from PennLive this week get her side of the story.ProPublica said Beckley first preempted the wedding of a Tajik couple by calling ICE on the groom and his best man, who were led away in handcuffs.She also called ICE, ProPublica said, when Alexander Curtis Parker and Krisha Amber Schmick showed up at her courthouse last May asking to be wed.Here's an account of what happened from ProPublica:"When the constable announced he would be detaining Parker for ICE, the couple was stunned. Though born in Guatemala, Parker, 21, had been adopted by American parents when he was 8 months old. At that moment, he was technically undocumented, with his green-card renewal being processed. But he does not speak Spanish or consider himself an immigrant, much less a deportable one."(Editor's note: Parker is a lawful permanent resident of the U.S. Permanent residents are given a "green card" that proves their status, but renewal of the green card does not affect their status as permanent residents.)
Nowhere, however, have federal agents more aggressively embraced their newfound freedom than in Pennsylvania, West Virginia, and Delaware, an investigation by ProPublica and the Philadelphia Inquirer found.In 2017, the Philadelphia office of ICE, with agents fanning out into communities across its three-state region, arrested more undocumented immigrants without criminal convictions than any of the 23 other ICE offices in the country. This is especially striking given that Pennsylvania's undocumented population ranks 16th in the country, with West Virginia's and Delaware's far behind that.
Together, these cases paint the picture of an ICE region emboldened by a new commander-in-chief to disregard previous norms that distinguished among undocumented immigrants based on their family ties, work records, and conduct in this country. They reflect an organization that valued high arrest numbers and sometimes skirted the law, with little accountability in a system that rarely scrutinizes arrests.Reporters found that ICE officers under the jurisdiction of the Philadelphia regional office: Routinely swept up immigrants they encountered by chance when they set out to arrest somebody else, with what they called "collateral" arrests becoming the mainstay of their crackdown. Informally expanded their definition of "criminal alien" to include immigrants who got traffic tickets or committed minor infractions like loitering. Revived cases that they previously disregarded, using addresses in their database to pick up immigrants they had once deemed harmless, sometimes sending carloads of armed officers to arrest them. Took advantage of state and local officials' willingness to conduct their own informal immigration investigations, call ICE and detain immigrants for hours until federal agents arrived -- despite the questionable legality of these practices. Occasionally stepped over the legal line themselves, according to interviews, sworn affidavits, and court filings, by trespassing, conducting warrantless searches, engaging in racial profiling, fabricating evidence, and even soliciting a bribe.
All told, the crackdown bombarded a system already overwhelmed. There were 11,643 cases pending in Pennsylvania's immigration courts on March 1 -- a 62 percent increase over the end of fiscal 2016.
Philadelphia ICE's region runs the gamut. It faces resistance in Pittsburgh and especially in Philadelphia, where most of the region's undocumented immigrants live. But it has found allies in its rural and Rust Belt zones, where anti-immigrant sentiment runs hotter and where some local economies benefit from federal immigration detention contracts. (ICE paid York County $19.65 million in fiscal 2017 to house immigrant detainees in its prison.)
ICE says in its press releases that it does not do indiscriminate sweeps and that reports of such sweeps are "false, dangerous and irresponsible." While "additional suspects" are frequently encountered and arrested, its enforcement operations are targeted, it says.But several times last year, federal immigration agents pulled over full vanloads of Hispanic workers in rural Pennsylvania without justification, immigrant advocates say.
In April, ICE moved on to another industry in rural Pennsylvania. Sweeping past "No Trespassing" signs, five officers stormed a poultry transport company and blocked the exits with their vehicles. They said they were searching for a man named Alix who worked at a company called MainJoy Unlimited. The agents were told: This is not MainJoy, and nobody named Alix works here.So the officers turned their attention to those who did work there, according to interviews with the workers and a company spokesperson. They lined up all the Latino employees -- seven chicken catchers -- with their faces against a wall. They made no move against some 14 non-Latinos standing nearby; instead they asked the coworkers to lead officers to any other Hispanic employees on the premises. (There were none.)Under duress, the chicken catchers admitted they were undocumented. And off they went to jail.
YORK, Pa. (AP) -- A golf club in Pennsylvania has apologized for calling police on a group of black women after the co-owner and his father said they were playing too slowly and refused requests to leave the course."I felt we were discriminated against," one of the women, Myneca Ojo, told the York Daily Record. "It was a horrific experience."Sandra Thompson and four friends met up Saturday to play a round of golf at the Grandview Golf Club, where they are all members, she told the newspaper.At the second hole, a white man whose son co-owns the club came up to them twice to complain that they weren't keeping up with the pace of play. Thompson, an attorney and the head of the York chapter of the NAACP, told the newspaper it was untrue.On the same hole, another member of the group, Sandra Harrison, said she spoke with a Grandview golf pro, who said they were fine since they were keeping pace with the group ahead of them.
After the ninth hole, where it is customary to take a break before continuing on the next nine holes, three of the group decided to leave because they were so shaken up by the earlier treatment, the women told the paper.Thompson said the man from the second hole, identified as former York County Commissioner Steve Chronister, his son, club co-owner Jordan Chronister and several other white, male employees approached the remaining two women and said they took too long of a break and they needed to leave the course.The women argued they took an appropriate break, and that the men behind them were still on their beer break and not ready to tee off, as seen in a video Thompson gave the newspaper. The women were told that the police had been called, and so they waited.