- S-Comm Back From the Dead?
- New York Governor Suspends Harmful Deportation Program
- Send Governor Cuomo a Message: Respect Immigrants' Rights
- DREAM Deferred, But Only Temporarily
- Dare to DREAM
- DREAMing Big
- Obama Finally Speaks on Immigration Reform; Why are We Underwhelmed?
- Crazy Arizona Immigration Laws Part Deux: The War on Babies
- Debunking the Immigration vs. Environment Myth
- Major Cities’ Police Chiefs Come Out Against Arizona Law… Where’s Ray Kelly?
- Obama’s Border Plans: That’s Not Change. That’s More of the Same.
- Today’s Second-Grade Lesson: We Need Immigration Reform
- NYCLU in the Journal News on ID Cards
- Standing While Latino Should Not be a Crime
- New NYCLU Video: LGBT Immigration Discrimination
- New Video: Show Me Your Papers!
- Upstate Town Goes English-Only; We Say “No/Nyet/Non”
- British Scrap National ID Cards – Are You Listening, Schumer?
- Paterson vs. Schumer on Due Process for Immigrants
- May Day 2010: All Over It
- Senate Democrats Release Blueprint of CIR Bill…And It Needs Work (A Lot)
- NYC Mayor Bloomberg: Immigration Reform FAIL is “National Suicide”
- Wild West: Arizona Takes the Anti-Immigrant Plunge—Immigration Reform Game Changer?
- Immigration Reform Bipartisanship Unraveling? Or Not?
- NYCLU, ACTS and RIFA in the Syracuse Post-Standard
- President Obama Says Immigration Reform is Next!
- NYCLU in the Poughkeepsie Journal: Justice and Common Sense: No Human Being is Illegal
- As Arizona Goes, So Goes the Nation? Let’s Hope Not.
- NYCLU in the Buffalo News: Schumer’s ID Plan Violates Basic American Principles
- GAME ON – At Vegas Rally Reid Promises Immigration Reform Bill This Summer
- Albany and Rochester Come out for Immigration Reform
- ICE Scandal of the Week: 400,000 Deportations Goal in FY10
- SHOCKER: 287(g) Program Lacks Oversight, Violates Rights
- NYCLU in the WSJ: Schumer’s ID Plan is ‘BEAST’LY
- We Came, We Saw, We Chanted…
- A Call for Justice: Rally in Washington for Reform
- Mr. President, Support Workable Reform, Reject National Worker ID
- The Gospel of Lindsey Graham; White House Punts on National ID
- And it Begins: WSJ on Schumer’s National ID Card
- Senator Schumer! Where’s Our Immigration Reform?
- Shakira at the White House: We Hope Obama’s “[L]ips Don’t Lie”
- Wings, Apples and Immigration Reform in Buffalo
- Former DA Morgenthau: Immigration System is a 'national disgrace'
- Immigration Reform: Coming to a Town Near You!
- Syracuse Comes Out in the Cold for Immigration Reform
- Immigration Reform. Who Cares?
- Representative Bishop – Can you hear us now?
- President Obama: We need more than that.
In case you missed this one, it’s a doozy.
The Washington Post reported earlier this week on an internal Feb. 22 memo sent to ICE field directors across the country by James M. Chaparro, head of ICE detention and removal operations, urging staff to step up efforts to deport enough immigrants to meet a quota of 400,000 deportations for the year. (See WaPo story here).
Chaparro talks about the need for a “surge” in enforcement activity in order to meet ICE goals. And why 400,000? Well, basically because it’s more than last year’s 387,000 deportations—and more is always better. (See the memo here).
One can almost imagine ICE directors across the country simultaneously realizing that if they don’t deport enough immigrants soon, this year’s pizza party might be cancelled!
As would be expected, the civil rights community is angry. Together with other advocates, the ACLU met this week with ICE Assistant Secretary John Morton and Chaparro, and Chaparro reportedly apologized for his “tremendous error.” And though Morton denied that individual agents would have to meet deportation quotas, he explained that because ICE received more funding from Congress this year, more deportations were expected.
In response, advocates are pulling few punches. Here’s ACLU Washington Legislative Office Director Laura Murphy:
“It has become clear that ICE’s leadership has failed to control or direct the daily enforcement operations of ICE agents nationwide. This latest disclosure raises yet more doubts about who is really in charge at ICE and whether DHS has the capacity to execute its immigration enforcement priorities including detention reform – a top priority identified by Assistant Secretary Morton.”
All of this goes to say, immigration reform MUST include a serious plan for an overhaul of the immigration detention system. This quota memo is just the tip of the ICEberg.