Oct 01, 2013 - Los Angeles, CA
In response to new statistics released by TRAC today
that, despite several directives from former ICE director John Morton, fewer than one in nine (10.8 percent) of the ICE detainers met the agency's stated goal of targeting individuals who pose a serious threat to public safety or national security, Pablo Alvarado, Executive Director of the National Day Laborer Organizing Network issued the following statement.
"The Obama Administration's approach to immigration has spelled disaster for immigrant communities. No matter what talking points the President repeats, the data shows complete disregard for priorities, an expansion of the deportation dragnet, and more innocent people being ripped from their families.
The President has not administered smarter or more targeted enforcement. He has pandered to the anti-immigrants in Congress in a failed strategy to court their support. As a result, President Obama can be credited with doing more to criminalize immigrants than Steve King could ever accomplish.
The memos and guidelines issued from ICE leadership have served as little more than political smokescreens for the public and as toilet paper for ICE agents in district offices. Unless he reverses course and makes real efforts to enforce the detainer guidelines and memos, starting with an end to his quota programs like Secure Communities he will be remembered as the Deporter-in-Chief and not the great reformer he has promised to be."