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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.

 

 

Click To Hear Recording of Student Poetry – Speaks About ICE Bust

 

 

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.

 

 


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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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