The ongoing Obama Regime Administrative Amnesty, the dark origins of which lie in the fevered swamps of the treason bar, is again the dog being wagged by the treason bar tail. This time the treason bar target was operations by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). ERO was scooping up illegals at a record pace, arresting not only fugitives, but also other illegal aliens encountered by chance during their search for targeted absconders from home detention, fugitives from removal orders, criminal aliens, and deportees who renter the United States. Said operations were putting the fear of God in the treason bar clientele and that was not acceptable. And the treason bar acted, targeting fugitive operations, Secure Communities, and other enforcement action.
And the slobbering, cringing dog of the Obama Regime obeyed its master, and dutifully implemented the demands of the treason bar and its ACLU allies. But it is even worse that previously thought.
CNSNews.com November 8, 2011 by Edwin Mora
(CNSNews.com) - Chris Crane, president of the union that represents the nation’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, has provided the House Judiciary Committee and Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-Ala.) with what Crane says are internal ICE emails that back up testimony he gave in July and October that ICE headquarters had verbally ordered officers in the field not to arrest illegal aliens who did not have prior criminal convictions—even if they were fugitives evading deportation orders or were individuals who had illegally re-entered the United States after being deported and were thus committing a felony...
The first email was sent on May 4. (OP Crosscheck Email 1.pdf) According to an explanation of this email that Crane provided to Sen. Sessions, it is from a local ICE manager to his field officers. The subject is what Enforcement and Removal Operations Director Homan and Fugitive Operations Director Crowther told the local manager in a “teleconference” about the upcoming “Cross Check” operation.
One section of the email cites what the manager says he heard from Homan.
“Per Deputy Associate Director Homan: This is not a fugitive operation,” the local ICE manager says in the email. “This is an operation targeting criminal aliens. If the aliens you encounter are not criminal, they will not be arrested. He specifically addressed this by referencing a non-criminal fugitive. He stated point blank … ‘Am I telling you to walk away from a non-criminal fugitive or a non-criminal reinstate? YES!’” (OP Crosscheck Email 1.pdf)...
A second internal ICE email that Crane provided to Sen. Sessions is what Crane described to Sen. Sessions as a message from local ICE managers to their subordinate managers. This email, sent on May 9, described the reporting procedures that officers in the field were expected to follow during the upcoming Cross Check operations. The email repeats the point made in the earlier email that ICE headquarters did not want ICE officers in the field to arrest—or even interview—any illegal alien not known to have already been convicted of a crime.
“I’m sure it has already filtered down to everyone, but as of right now, they only want targets arrested unless you come across a collateral that is a confirmed convicted criminal alien,” said the email. “They went as far as to say, like [name redacted] wrote in his summation of the last conference call, that if you see your target, you should arrest your target and leave the scene w/o anyone else being interviewed. I’m not sure what else to say about that, but I will not be able to enter any information in the database if it relates to a non-convicted, non-criminal alien.” (OP Crosscheck Email 2(1).pdf)
A third set of documents that Crane provided to Sen. Sessions is a chain of emails that begins on May 10 with a manager giving directions to subordinates on how to enter arrests in a database. On May 13, however, this chain of emails turns into an exchange in which an officer asks whether “reinstatements” (deported illegal aliens who have re-entered the country) are “off limits” for arrest. When told that only reinstatements who have already been convicted of a crime can be arrested, the officer asks to be removed from the operations because he does not want people to commit felonies in his presence. (OP Crosscheck Email 3.pdf)...
“What about reinstatements? Are they off limits for this operation?” a subordinate emailed the superior at 6:53 a.m.
“Criminals only, so criminal reinstatements are OK,” the superior emailed back at 6:55 a.m. (OP Crosscheck Email 3.pdf)
“Criminal reentries only!!!” says the next email, which is marked as being sent at 5:56—seemingly 59 minutes earlier than the email that precedes it.
It is clear that top Regime ICE ERO officials Thomas Homan and John “Kip” Crowther have drunk the Kool-Aid and were aggressively enforcing the treason bar diktat on fugitive operations: No collateral arrests, no interviewing illegal alien family members of targets, no nothing. The purpose is the appearance of immigration enforcement but without the negative impact on the illegal alien community, ensuring that the overwhelming majority of illegal aliens will remain in the United States.