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Hartwell On Insane actions by ICE




 

Richard Hartwell

Guest Column

Action Dream Team


Saturday Night, His girl friend beside him, Christian Reyes is taking flowers to a relative’s daughter’s baptismal celebration.

 

Then it happens, flashing lights, taillight isn’t working, handcuffs, a crying hysterical girl friend must now run to the planned celebration to tell Christians mother, younger brother and little sister that the police have taken Christian away.

 

They can’t contact him. Sunday goes by, friends are trying to help. A lawyer is called. They don’t have an A# so they can’t track him. They wait. Sunday goes by, no word. Monday afternoon they get a call, expect a call on Tuesday afternoon. No word Tuesday.

 

Wednesday afternoon Christian’s girlfriend gets a text. “I signed the paper. They said if I didn’t they would hold me for two months in Tacoma and then I would be deported anyway.”

 

They go to the jail. He isn’t there. Where is he? Are they taking him the 700 plus miles to the detention center in Tacoma WA. Are they sending him to Mexico without word or even a goodbye? Stroke of luck, someone found him listed as being held in a neighboring county’s jail. What does it mean? What are they doing? When can we talk to him? Can’t sleep. Can’t eat. Can’t think. The world around them crumbles.

This is the scene, repeated over and over hundreds of times a day, every day.
 



 

On June 17th 2011 John Morton Director of ICE put forth a memo giving guidelines for the use of prosecutorial discretion. On August 18th 2011 Janet Nepolitano sent a letter to Senator Dick Durbin confirming the intent of DHS and ICE to follow the June 17th memo and review the 300,000 cases clogging the system and making the priority cases those that were criminals and not low priority undocumented individuals. To date local and field officers of ICE have thumbed their nose with comments like “We are completely unhappy,” Chris Crane said recently.



 

The head of the union that represents the country’s immigration enforcement officers, Crane has recently been on a crusade to undermine the intent of the June 17th 2011 John Morton Memo, and the administration. Ice has shown callous disregard and has instead tried to speed up the timeline to deportation by bullying and intimidating those picked up with no criminal record and whom they know would qualify for prosecutorial discretion into signing voluntary deportation papers.

 

This is wrong. It is time to show support for even small steps taken to try to give relief to hard working immigrants until such time as a do nothing Congress and a deadlocked Senate have the courage to take on and fix a broken and destructive immigration policy. I for one call on the Union head and it’s members to stand down and stop the insubordination.

 

Thank you Richard Hartwell from Action Dream Team for your fine article!  While the Obama White House may think it is in charge, the Department of Homeland Security has other thoughts.  They show little effort in following the directive written by the commander in chief.  Instead, they act of their own accord, ignoring directives from superiors, interested only in numbers and egos, with a heartless disregard for the lives they are tearing up.

When a security agency begins to take the rules and laws it wants and ignore the ones it does not want, the agency has become rogoue and out-of-touch with the citizens it serves.  Super agencies like this which are answerable to no-one, can have their way even if their commander and chief says it isn’t supposed to be that way.  Too bad.

 

Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) will solve many problems.  Included within CIR is the Dream Act which would allow young people to go to school or go to the military.  When we roll up our sleeves we can solve our problems.  When our government refuses to listen to superiors, it is time to give those who refuse to listen a permanent vacation!

 

 

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Heroin Smuggling Ends With Sinking Feeling In Gut

 

“Internal” Smuggler

Tips Off

Customs and Border Protection Officers


Some drug cases are harder to defend than others. One tactic to defend a drug case is to claim the illegal products, in this case, heroin, did not belong to the person being charged.  The defense works when two people are riding in a vehicle and drugs are found inside.  Each defendant claims they were not his drugs.

That defense is a total failure, though, when the authorities catch a person with drugs “on” them.  It gets even that more difficult to defend a case when the drugs are not on, but “in” the smuggler.  That allegedly was the case when Santos Daniel Rivera arrived from the Dominican Republic and was passing through customs at Philadelphia International Airport.

While Santos spent plenty of time concealing the drugs he was carrying by swallowing them, he did not spend much time on the story he was going to tell the customs inspector.  An alert officer caught discrepancies in the 21 year old’s story.  He was referred to “secondary” where he must have started to have that bad feeling in the pit of his stomach today was not going to be his day.

Soon, Santos was transported to a local hospital and given an xray which revealed the presence of unusual “foreign bodies” in his stomach.  The rest was a matter for time, probably a strong laxative, and no place to get rid of the evidence.  Fifty-eight agonizing thumb sized pellets later, and Santos was soon under arrest for attempted smuggling of 1.65 pounds of heroin.  That aching feeling in his gut things were going South no doubt remained, despite shedding significant weight.

While Santos may consider the discovery by US Customs and Border Patrol officers the end to life as he knows it, and he is probably right if convicted, the vigilance of the officer may have saved Santos’ life.  A single burst pellet could have resulted in his death.  It would not be the first time.  When smugglers realize how easy it is to detect “internal” smuggling, youths who put their lives as risk think twice about taking the chance that could cost them their own lives.  Getting 1.65 pounds of heroin off of the streets will save the lives of countless addicts.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) would provide funding to beef up our nation’s seaports and to add additional border protection agents.  It would also allow immigrants who have chosen to avoid criminal behavior a chance to obtain permanent residency after a lengthy process, payment of fines which could add 1.3 billion to the treasury, and passing criminal background checks.

For those who elect to follow the path of drug smugglers, there is a fairly easy answer:  Lengthy jail terms followed by a free trip back to where they came.

 

 

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ICE Ignores Morton Guidelines For Deportation, Races Teacher Out Of Country



High School Spanish Teacher

DEPORTED!

No Criminal History

Prostate Cancer Survivor

Married US Citizen


Current Work Authorization

 

Five year old step-daughter cries for her “Papa”

 

 

Esterny Ironche, an immigrant from Spain, was deported by ICE last week despite new rules which should have allowed him to stay. According to the Houston Chronicle, despite being directed to do so, ICE has not started to review thousands of cases to determine which immigrants qualify for new guidelines from an August 18th memorandum handed down by John Morton, Director of ICE.  The guidelines allow prosecutors “discretion” in the way they handle cases.  Prosecutors can choose not to prosecute cases which pose little security risk.  Factors to be considered include age, Ironche was 55, whether the immigrant has a criminal history, Ironche had none, the immigrant’s health status, Ironche  and ties the immigrant has with this country and his home country.  Marriage to a US citizen was a strong factor in Irounche’s favor.

 

 

According to the Houston Chronicle, it is as if ICE never heard of the letter from it’s director.   The agency is ignoring the guidelines that could save thousands of immigrants the agony of broken families, as ICE continues hustling as many immigrants over the border as it possibly can. Last year, ICE deported a record number of people, just under 500,000.  Presumably, the agency is waiting for instructions on how to evaluate cases before it begins to review an approximate 300,000 immigrants in the process of being deported.




Sha’Vonne Ironche, Isterny’s wife, was distraught after receiving a phone call from her husband who was placed into ICE custody on August 5th.   Last Tuesday, Immigration officials told the imprisoned school teacher to have his bag packed by 5:00 that night because he was being deported.  Upon hearing the news, Sha’Vonne fainted and had to be taken home by her mother who was called by school offiicials.

 

 

Ironche taught high school Spanish under a current work permit which had been renewed for years.  He came to the US legally but over-stayed his visa 15 years ago.  In 1995, he applied for a green card after marrying another girl.  The green card application was denied after the couple later divorced.  Ironche married Sha’Vonne in 2009.  Officials grilled Ironche about the marriage when a new green card application was submitted in 2010.

 

 

 

Esterney Ironche was a great American who contributed to his students, his community and his church.  He posed no threat to his community and in fact was a credit to his community.   How many Spanish students would relish the chance to study under a professor whose learned to speak in Spain?  Ironche’s desperate fight to remain an American was lost when a rogue agency blazed forward with it’s own agenda, more concerned with performing quotas than conforming to the spirit of directives from superiors.  A good place to start in the Ironche case is to fire those officials who are responsible for this travesty of justice.

 

The wreck left behind, a five year old with no father, students with no teacher, a wife who will struggle to make house payments, and if she is not able to, a bank that must deal with another foreclosure, all so ICE can brag about it’s great deportation record, is a tragic testament to what has become justice in America.  We must have a secure country to enjoy a secure society.  While ICE has made great strides in stopping international sex trafficking and drug smuggling, they are failing the American people when it comes to keeping productive people in the country rather than exporting our talent to compete against us.  As for family values and keeping the family unit together, ICE divides families with the stone cold precision of a well practiced divorce attorney.  While it will be decades before the damage this agency is doing to families can be tallied, a child sliced from a parent can tell in only minutes .

 

Those who believe they are safe after the Morton letter should take heed.   Like a freight train with no brakes, the massive federal agency which has gone to great lengths to apprehend and deport immigrants cannot be stopped on a dime.   Since ICE refuses to follow the orders of even it’s director, the best way to resolve immigration problems is through Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) including the Dream Act.   These kinds of laws don’t get passed without a tremendous effort from concerned citizens and immigrants.  No person has the luxury of sitting on the sidelines waiting to see what will happen.  As a five year old child cries out for
“Papa”, the future of many lives remains at stake.

 

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Poetry From A Youth Touched By ICE Raid In Glenwood Springs = Master Performance



Youth Touched By ICE Actions

 

Children Lost Father at Strawberry Days Festival

 

Father’s Day Weekend, 2011

 

 

The date is Father’s Day weekend, 2011.  Children are having a blast at the Strawberry Day’s Festival in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, near Aspen.   Mother’s are cherishing the time dad has to spend with the family.  It is a celebration that will leave lasting memories of joy, and sadness, in the hearts of multiple families.

 

 

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While the children of two families are jumping up and down in the bouncy castle, they do not spot strangers approaching their dads.  Soon, though, terror runs through the family.  The fathers are lured away.  The children are left on the ride to fend for themselves.

 

 

The mothers become frantic.  The dads were gone and so were the kids!  Where did everyone go?  Then the festive mood of the fair was broken as police chased a man through the crowd.  He was finally tackled, in front of astonished little ones and mothers and fathers.  What was going on in the sleepy town of Glenwood Springs near Aspen, Colorado?

 

 



Although the term ICE raid may be a slightly over-stated, and it may not, it turns out families were not the only ones who came to the 113 year old Strawberry Day’s festival to meet people in the community and have a good time.   Unbeknown to those at the event, agents from Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) had set up a command post.  Using local sheriff’s officers to lure unsuspecting “prospects” ICE began checking ID’s.  It didn’t take much to identify the Hispanics in the crowd

 

 

ICE says it was the other way around.  The Garfield County Sheriff’s Office invited ICE to the carnival to have fun on the rides and as part of an area-wide gang sweep.  However, neither agency has been able to explain why the “area-wide” gang sweep netted so few “gang members”, a total of three arrests, when prior gang sweeps netted multiple arrests.  Nor was either law enforcement agency able to explain why Colorado gang members are so well behaved.  The people ICE arrested had almost no criminal histories.

 

 

Maybe the truth lies between the two stories.  Maybe ICE drove their RV-Bus style command post to the fair to have a good time.  Imagine over-sized ICE officers who are used to lots of excitement getting bored spinning on the merry-go-round.  Or maybe officer’s from the sheriff’s department got dizzy while twirling on the Ferris wheel.  ICE took both fathers who had been watching their children shriek with joy and laughter while on the bouncy castle ride.  We only hope they could not hear the shrieks of their children as they sat in ICE custody.  One father was released, but the family of the second person would lose dad on father’s day weekend.

 

 

The fair quickly emptied out and few of the Anglo or Hispanic families returned.  No one wants to take their children to places where grown men carrying guns act like clowns.  It must have been a big financial bust to the community which supported the event.  But why should ICE care?  The tax payers footed the bill for the RV-Bus-like ICE command post.  The reputation of the festival and the community was tainted.  Neither law enforcement agency took responsibility for conducting an immigration enforcement action at an event frequented by US citizen toddlers and pregnant moms.  While citizens can take action against the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office, they can choose to not re-elect the Sheriff who places families at risk, ICE remains out of touch with the people they are sworn to protect.

 

 

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A member of the Latino community who heard about this raid sent us this poem.  He was moved by the prospect of losing a dad on Father’s Day weekend after we reported this weeks ago.  He was intrigued with whether the mother must go into action or remain frozen in fear.  Hang on to your seats!  I would rather listen to this caliber of performance any day than watch law enforcement chase poor people through carnival crowds.

 

 


Dreamer, A True American Story

 

 

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Until we tell our stories, until we speak out about injustice, there will be no solution.  The Department of Homeland Security (DHS) answers to no citizen and no community.  ICE loses nothing by aggressive enforcement actions.

 

Secure Communities in Colorado has pitted law enforcement against ordinary citizens.  No one is safe when clowns go searching.  You can make a difference.  Please become a member of Un Dia Sin Fronteras.  Our message is privately funded, and it is costing a mint.  We are working on passing comprehensive immigration reform (CIR) and the Dream Act.  Please donate $15 or whatever you can to help us speak out about the abuses of power, the broken families, the lost workers, the crying children.

 

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Un Dia Sin Fronteras is a radio program and media source determined to fight for those suffering injustice in America.  We support the passage of the Dream Act so the children of undocumented immigrants, who had nothing to do with how they came to America can have the chance to go to school, serve in the military and work their way out of abject poverty.  We stand behind the Campaign For An American Dream, a “hike” from San Francisco to Washington DC to bring enlightenment to our country.

 

We also support Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIRASAP) to bring about reasonable and just border security and to provide a humane solution for those who help make America the great nation it is.

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Obama Brings Nation Closer To Immigration Reform





 

 

The President Grants

 

Temporary Relief To

 

Dream Act Students

 

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Students of undocumented immigrants have a new lease on life after the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, issued a letter indicating the Obama Administration has used it’s executive authority to change the way some classes of deportation cases will be handled, including those who qualify for the proposed Dream Act currently in front of Congress.

Currently, immigrants can ask federal prosecutors in charge of deportation cases to use their discretion in the prosecution of the case.   Where the prosecutor uses his discretion, the immigrant is not deported.  In order to qualify, an immigrant in removal proceedings must show he is not a risk to the security interests of the US and where hardships exist.  The term discretion is appropriate because only some prosecutors have elected to refrain from insisting upon the removal of the individual.  Each case is carefully reviewed and no exact standard exists for granting of relief.

Today, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) says it will develop new criteria to identify deportation cases that likely qualify for prosecutorial discretion.  The Department will use “positive factors” in determining who will qualify for prosecutorial discretion and who will not.  Those factors will include how long the person has been present in the US,  whether the immigrant is a child, an elderly person, a veteran and those with serious health problems or disabilities.

While the Napolitano letter will help students who were brought here as children, hence should not suffer the consequence of deportation, it does not necessarily provide legal status for the individual who is granted relief from deportation.  Work documents and driver’s licenses will may still be difficult to obtain.

Anti-immigration opponents insist the Obama Administration has granted “amnesty” to the undocumented youth and other low-priority deportation cases.

Comprehensive Immigration Reform (CIR) remains a priority for the nation if it is to resolve the matter of 12 million undocumented immigrants.  Behind each immigrant is another four to five US citizen family members.  Behind the approximate 60 million undocumented immigrants and US citizen family members is the faith and credibility of a nation which claims to be based upon notions of equality and justice for all, a nation made by and maintained by immigrants.

 

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