To the Chagrin of CBP

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On November 25, ICE Posted: “Social Media Spreading Misinformation Concerning Alleged Ice Activity”. ICE stated: “A statement posted to social media, Nov. 23, is a prime example of the reckless, irresponsible misinformation that continues to mislead the public concerning the mission of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).”

The purported incident occurred in Redmond, Washington on November 23 and mentioned that an ICE employee entered a church-homeless shelter while disguised as a homeless woman. The agency statement may be found at: https://www.ice.gov/news/releases/so...d-ice-activity

A statement like this one, though unusual, would not normally be seen as remarkable, except that on the same date, and, assumedly by pure coincidence, TRAC released a report: “Growth in ICE Detention Fueled by Immigrants with No Criminal Conviction” which may be found https://trac.syr.edu/immigration/reports/583 . Considering ICE’s claims that it is protecting national security by focusing on what it (though not necessarily others) consider to be criminals, these statistics seem to show that ICE itself may be misrepresenting information. Specifically, at the end of 2019 ICE held approximately 50,000 individuals, of which 32,000 (64%) had no criminal convictions.

To further reinforce just how the government is protecting our national security, another recent TRAC Report is titled “ICE Detains Fewer Immigrants with Serious Criminal Convictions Under Trump Administration.” Serious offenders-assault, burglary and drug trafficking as defined by ICE, has significantly dropped since October, 2016. Simple traffic violations, DUI and illegal reentry have taken their place. A GAO Report: “Immigration Enforcement, Arrests, Detentions, and Removals, and Issues Related to Selected Populations” dated December, 2019 notes: “The majority of detentions were made up of males, aliens from … [Mexico, Guatemala, El Salvador and Honduras] …and noncriminals”. So much for “reckless, irresponsible misinformation.”

A review of past ICE news releases about its’ raids shows that a substantial number of arrests, which are not convictions, may be for minor incidents and/or very old ones. It can reasonably be asked if ICE’s chagrin at being offended is itself reasonable.


About The Author

Eugene Goldstein is the Senior Partner of Goldstein & Cheung in New York City. He has been practicing immigration law for more than 45 years concentrating in academic, business and family immigration.


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