Illegal Immigration is a Crime
Under Title 8 Section 1325 of the U.S. Code, “Improper Entry by Alien,” any citizen of any country other than the United States who:
has committed a federal crime.
Violations are punishable by criminal fines and imprisonment for up to six months. Repeat offenses can bring up to two years in prison. Additional civil fines may be imposed at the discretion of immigration judges, but civil fines do not negate the criminal sanctions or nature of the offense.
The National ICE Council, the union representing 7000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers, is facing a deadline late this month over whether or not to take part in training ordered by the Obama Administration aimed at reducing deportations of illegal aliens. This training was announced in a June 17th memo by ICE Director, John Morton setting out 31 factors that agency officers would use to decide whether to proceed with deportation.
Union President, Chris Crane, has been critical of Obama’s strategy, saying it amounts to orders for agents not to enforce the law. Shortly after the Morton memo was issued, Crane told PRNewswire, “Any American concerned about immigration needs to brace themselves for what’s coming. This is just one of many new ICE policies in queue aimed at stopping the enforcement of U.S. immigration laws in the United States. Unable to pass its immigration agenda through legislation, the Administration is now implementing it through agency policy.”
Crane also stated that agents, officers, employees and the Union had no input in these policies, “ICE and the Administration have excluded our union and our agents from the entire process of developing policies, it was all kept secret from us, we found out from the newspapers. ICE worked hand in hand with immigrants’ rights groups, but excluded its own officers.”
Naturally, all this has been ignored by the mainstream media, along with the 2010 no-confidence vote ICE agents gave Obama appointee, John Morton.
Just as concerning are the secret policies being implemented at ICE. Agents claim that Director John Morton always presents written policies for public consumption, but then makes “secret changes” to the policies which ICE refuses to put in writing. ICE knows the policy changes will create a political outcry or could place the public or ICE officers at risk. “Our officers are already under orders not to make arrests or even talk to foreign nationals in most cases unless another agency has already arrested them. You won’t find that written in any public ICE policy.”
He also accuses the administration of changing the policies to win support of immigrant groups in the election.
“Law enforcement and public safety have taken a back seat to attempts to satisfy immigrant advocacy groups,” Mr. Crane told a House Judiciary subcommittee in October.
“I think the writing is on the wall for every person concerned about good government and effective immigration reforms – the things happening at ICE represent neither, said Crane.
We are asking everyone to please email or call your Congressman and Senators immediately and ask them to help stop what’s happening at ICE, we desperately need your help.”
Contact information for Arkansas Congressional Delegation:
Senator Mark Pryor (D- AR)
DC FAX 202-228-0908
Senator John Boozman (R- AR)
DC Phone 202-224-4843
DC Fax 202-228-1371
Representative Rick Crawford (R – 01)
DC Phone 202-225-4076
DC Fax 202-225-5602
Representative Tim Griffin (R – 02)
DC Phone 202-225-2506
DC Fax 202-225-5903
Representative Steve Womack (R – 03)
DC Phone 202-225-4301
Representative Mike Ross (D – 04)
DC Phone 202-225-3772
A copy of the ICE Policy on exercising Prosecutorial Discretion can be found at www.iceunion.org.