Enforcement Desk Weekly Wrap-up: Tensions at ICE, Police Chiefs frustrated, Colorado may be game changer

Immigration enforcement causes internal rifts in ICE

Ramped up enforcement under the Obama administration is creating tensions within the agency overseeing immigration enforcement and detention, reports The Washington Post.

The Union representing immigration officers at the Immigration, Customs, and Enforcement agency,  has expressed public frustration over the administration’s enforcement and detention reforms, saying  the reforms limit their enforcement efforts and the move to create more civil detention compromises their safety. In June, the Union issued a vote of no confidence in agency head John Morton. Others frustrated with ICE leadership include managers and attorneys who argue that “policies change course based on the political climate.”

“We can’t find a supervisor or manager that supports Morton or his initiatives,” said Chris Crane, president of the American Federation of Government Employees’ National Council 118 to WaPo.

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Police Chiefs resist burdens caused by Secure Communities

On Friday, Deportation Nation reported that police chiefs from 27 major cities met at a conference in New York City to discuss whether local police should enforce immigration law. Immigration enforcement was only one topic at the conference, hosted by  the Consortium for Police Leadership in Equality, an organization that promotes police transparency and accountability.

Among those concerns expressed by attending police chiefs included burdens created by Secure Communities and Arizona copycat bills.

Listen to Renée Feltz interview with The Consortium’s co-founder Dr. Tracie Keessee to find out more about what was said at the conference.

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Colorado debates modifications to Secure Communities agreement

The Associated Press reported earlier this week that Colorado Governor Bill Ritter is in negotiations with ICE over an  agreement to modify the Secure Communities program in the state. If  successful, it would be the first of 29 states to do so, and could set a precedent for other jurisdictions who  are unable to opt-out of the program. Ritter is likely to make a decision on enrolling the state before his term ends in January, reported his spokesman.

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