Now there’s been a shooting at the Los Angeles area office of the Federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency in Long Beach. Early news reports claim federal agents were shooting each other. So far, media say one agent was killed with a total of 3 agents involved in an apparent dispute.
The ICE office is located in an oceanfront building.
President Barack Obama appointed John Morton to head up ICE. Morton worked for the Dept. of Justice prior to that.
In 2010, The US Report cited information about Morton from the Center for Immigration Studies:
“In an unprecedented move within the Department of Homeland Security, the detention and removal officers and agents responsible for and sworn to enforcing our nation's immigration laws issued an exhaustive, scathing letter simply titled ‘VOTE OF NO CONFIDENCE IN ICE DIRECTOR JOHN MORTON AND ODPP ASSISTANT DIRECTOR PHYLLIS COVEN' on June 11, 2010.’”
That letter was sent via the American Federation of Government Employees.
By August news was surfacing about an initiative Morton undertook, to create kinder, gentler detention facilities for illegal aliens. Changes included adding hanging plants, new paint and pictures on the walls among other things.
By June, 2011, Morton issued an official memo explaining Obama’s new approach to illegals—if the suspect or detainee fell into certain categories like a pregnant woman or a person with a significant illness or fit any number of other criteria, the individual could theoretically be set loose. The initiative pushed prosecutorial discretion. Few media noted that such a policy puts out a welcome mat for corruption.
The Center for Immigration Studies said in a recent report that under Obama, the illegal population stopped the decline that began under President George W. Bush.
Illegal aliens aside, the federal system for dealing with immigrants as well as foreign nationals in the country illegally is a bureaucratic maze. The system as it now stands invites corruption and dysfunction, disadvantages those who truly want to immigrate and become US citizens and places the US population at risk of crimes like identity theft, robbery, burglary and any other number of bad acts.
Obama has largely set his policy under the influence of organizations that directly lobby for illegal aliens who often come here, not for citizenship, but for entitlements like tax refunds, a free education for their children and healthcare and other entitlements their own home countries either cannot or will not provide. US media cover the issue from a pro-illegal bias largely because there is no longer a truly investigative bent in media.
As the day progresses, more information should be forthcoming about the shootings in the L.A. office of ICE. That shooting came as no surprise to many of us who have researched the current situation with national security and our open borders.
In August, 2011, Prince William County (Va.) filed a lawsuit against the US Dept. of Homeland Security. One matter the county wanted cleared was the disposition of more than 3,000 criminal aliens county and other authorities had released to DHS. A man in the country illegally had run over and killed a nun in that county.
The county had turned the alien over to DHS who then released him.
(Commentary by Kay B. Day/Feb. 17, 2012)