January 20, 2006, - 11:55 am
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).
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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