January 20, 2006, - 11:55 am

ICE Helps Catch “America’s Most Wanted”; But Closes Detention Facilities For Ilegal Aliens

By Debbie Schlussel
Since we are frequently critics of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the federal government’s lead agency in enforcing immigration and money laundering laws, we will take this time to recognize a good thing.
Last week, members of ICE’s Michigan Detention and Removal Operations fugitive squad helped capture Tommy Hardin, a man charged with 37 counts of robbery and kidnapping and featured on “America’s Most Wanted”. We note that this particular DRO office is headed by Robin Baker, one of our Law Enforcement Heroes of 2005 (for going toe-to-toe with “former” Islamic terrorists Imad Hamad and Ibrahim Parlak).

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America’s Most Wanted Fugitive Tommy Hardin
Captured by ICE Team Run by Robin Baker

But we also note that while ICE is bragging about capture of this man–who while a wanted criminal is not an illegal alien, the domain of ICE–the agency is canceling, for budgetary reasons, a contract with a private prison holding illegal aliens in Eloy, Arizona (near Phoenix). The facility held 800 illegal aliens.
So much for DHS Secretary Michael Chertoff‘s (a/k/a Mr. Burns) endless declarations that he is going to END the “catch and release” program of releasing illegal aliens into the American abyss. Looks more like he is EXPANDING this disastrous program.
Ditto for his pet appointee Julie L. Myers, who heads ICE (so this is HER responsibility) and just made a phony PR trip to Phoenix declaring she, too, would fix the bleeding illegal alien problem.
****UPDATE: When we’re wrong, we’re wrong. The ICE source who sent us the article thought this was an ICE contract, but another source says it is not. The article we cited did not make it clear. The other ICE source says the prison contract was NOT cancelled by ICE but by another federal agency. Here are the details from that ICE source:

The Federal Bureau of Prisons (BOP) is canceling the contract with Corrections Corporation of America (CCA) [which owns/operates the detention facility], not ICE, due to their budget issues. However, ICE “rides” on the BOP contract to detain aliens there, and this is something we don’t want to happen. Negotiations are in process to see if ICE can negotiate it’s own contract with CCA to continue holding aliens there.

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3 Responses

Sen. Kay Bailey Hutchinson, after visiting the border, was irate about releasing illegal aliens.
She wanted more facilaties build to contain them before returning them to Mexico.
This story should be sent to her ASAP.
She packs alot of weight with the Administration.
ps……I cannot stand Chertock…..he is useless!

mickie on January 20, 2006 at 11:29 pm

You are irate about releasing illegal aliens. However, no one spoke up for me (congress person) when I lost my job from trumped up information by Carol Jenifer, Detroit District Director, in 1999 about unsatisfactory performance because I would not go along with her order for me to violate the president’s executive order to release Iraq criminals from immigraiton custody and my speaking up about this, but INS top officials failed to do anything–covered it up. Subsequently, Carol Jenifer involved in bribe along with Roy Bailey.

Della Black on December 15, 2011 at 6:18 pm

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