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ICE Thumbs It’s Nose At Morton Memorandum, Record Deportations Continue

Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the department of Homeland Security which is responsible for the removal of undocumented workers, is thumbing it’s nose at a directive by it’s own agency head, John Morton. The directive requires ICE to take into consideration mitigating factors of certain immigrants, especially those who have US citizen parents or children, those who qualify as “Dream Students” and those who are helping a sick or elderly person or are sick or elderly themselves.   On a web page titled “Fact 0r Fiction” ICE brags about continuing it’s self set desire to deport every undocumented worker it can lay it’s hands upon. Recently, that included a high school Spanish teacher, Esterney Ironche, married to a US citizen but who who over-stayed his visa. Despite being exactly the kind of person whom the Morton memorandum was designed to help, ICE broke up one more family, leaving one more child without a father and leaving a high school class without a capable, native speaking, Spanish teacher.



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    ICE has also been persecuting “Dream students”, young people who were brought to this nation often before they were able to form memories. For example, a petition was circulated this weekend to help Florida Dreamer, Jennifer Lopez. Jennifer is one of many Dream Students ICE is persecuting in violation of the Morton Directive.   dreamer, dream-act, deportation, ICE

    Jennifer Lopez, Florida Dreamer in Deportation proceedings
        The ICE “Fact vs. Fiction” states, “Media have suggested that ICE is aggressively dismissing cases based on a directive from Director Morton. This just isn’t true. ICE enforcement is alive and well. For two years in a row, ICE has removed a record number of illegal aliens from communities across the United States.”

    ICE does not care about the destruction it is causing by ripping families apart. Nor does ICE give a what-the-hey about the Morton memorandum. In fact, rank and file ICE agents have voiced discontent with the policy set by their commander and chief, President Barak Obama. We now have a national police force which does as it pleases, and not as it is directed. According to the Morton Memorandum, the following persons are specifically to receive special handling, according to the Morton Memorandum:  

              • Veterans and members of the U.S. armed forces, yet the Valenzuela Brothers who fought in Viet Nam are still in deportation proceedings. Other veterans who have already been deported including Hector Barajas, voice little confidence they will be able to return to the US.


              • Long-time lawful permanent residents. This includes youth and college aged adults who have spent many years contributing to America including Spanish teacher Ironche.


              • Minors and elderly individuals, including Dream Students.


              • Individuals present in the United States since childhood, including Dream Students.


              • Pregnant or nursing women.


              • Victims of domestic violence; trafficking, or other serious crimes.


              • Individuals who suffer from a serious mental or physical disability; and


              • Individuals with seious health conditions.


        Like police agencies of a fatherland, ICE uses plenty of propaganda to win the heats and minds of the America they are charged with protecting. Yet, the truth about what the agency is really doing and what it claims to be doing are as far apart as the edges of the Grand Canyon. For example, the ICE “Fact not Fiction” web page states, “The agency focuses limited resources on three high priority areas-the identification and removal of criminals and national security threats, fugitives, and recent border entrants and others who game the system.

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    Yet, many dream students including Jennifer Lopez are fighting to stay in the United States. If ICE really had their priorities straight Jennifer and many others would not have to make national appeals just to get their day in court.   Even ICE’s pretending to focus on criminal aliens is a farce. After busting in doors and scaring toddlers in early morning raids, ICE officers interrogate everyone in the households where supposed criminal aliens are living. Many raids fail to reveal any criminal aliens.


    Despite children terrified at the sight of men decked with swat gear and sporting heavy artillery, ICE nabs lots of hard working immigrants whose only crime was to live in a place ICE conveniently chose to raid.   Out of those 450,000 families ICE shred last year, only 25% had serious criminal histories. Many of the criminal aliens ICE apprehends have rehabilitated themselves 10 and 20 years earlier. Others may have been accused but never found guilty of their crimes. What ICE does not say in their propaganda is they use criminal arrest records, not just conviction records, in targeting “criminal” immigrants. This is an agency in which a mere allegation is enough to get you on their hit list.


    It does not matter how long ago the crime occurred. Some immigrants made errors as youths 10 and 20 years ago and are pillars of their communities. Too bad. ICE considers all immigrants who have made errors fair game.


    Worse, what is considered a “serious criminal” by ICE standards includes driving while intoxicated and instances of domestic violence. Again, ICE does not care if these events happened years before. They are going to get their man! Or woman, or parent, or child.


    During the 2011 father’s day weekend, for example, ICE set up a command post at a busy county fair called Strawberry Days Festival in Glenwood Springs, Colorado, near Aspen. Undercover ICE agents convinced officers of the Garfield County Sheriff’s Office to approach Hispanics celebrating the fair with their families. Two men were approached, neither of which had significant criminal histories.   ICE says the fathers went with the sheriff’s officers willingly, leaving their children unattended while playing on the Bouncy Castle Ride. Common sense suggests parents don’t leave young children unattended at busy venues unless compelled to do so. The last memory the children had of their father was was while he watched them jump on the inflated castle. ICE propaganda clearly states the agency does not use local law enforcement untrained in ICE tactics to conduct immigration raids. It is just propaganda, mind you.

    The ICE “Fact vs. Fiction” web page continues, “On Aug. 20, 2010, Director Morton issued a memorandum that allows for the dismissal of a very narrow category of cases. The memorandum applies only to individuals who are about to receive an immigration benefit—namely lawful permanent residence—from U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services.” says the ICE fact sheet.   The ICE statement strays far from the intent of the Morton Memorandum. President Obama instructed the memorandum be issued because some members in congress insist on playing politics with the lives of immigrants. Since Congress refused to act, the President did act. ICE knows exactly what objectives were intended by the memorandum given them by the head of their very own agency, yet they refuse to obey it. Now, ICE is not even acknowledging the purpose, choosing instead to claim it applies to people who are about to get relief anyway.

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    Since ICE insists on breaking the spirit if not the very intention of the Morton Directive, and since the agency refuses to answer to anyone, including it’s own director, or respond to members of the press who question its actions, one last resort is for immigration judges to begin dismissing the cases ICE recklessly insists on persecuting. Another alternative might be the mass dismissal of rank and file ICE command, until ICE officers are found who are willing to obey the orders of the director of the agency. Don’t count on either of these. ICE is out of control and no one can reign this agency in, not even the president.   Who, then, is in control of ICE? What should America do with a powerful agency which refuses to follow orders and instead dictates it’s own orders? How did ICE forget who the real 911 terrorists were? None of them were Latino and none of them came in over the Southern border. Why has this agency made it a personal mission to deport every person they can find despite orders to the contrary? What constitutes a democracy?

    Today is September 11th, the tenth anniversary of the attack on our soil by terrorists bent on destroying free America. Little could anyone have guessed, the legacy of the the 911 terrorists would be continued by those trusted to defend us from such attacks. When the most powerful and secretive police force in the world no longer follows orders from the director of that force, or the President of the United States, all Americans must wonder where the greater threat to freedom lies and who are the real terrorists.   Today we mourn the loss of brave people from many countries who were murdered during the 911 attacks. We give grace and are grateful for the role our government has played in keeping us safe, including the role of ICE. At the same time, we must take a stand, that the freedom brave Americans died for 10 years ago were not deaths in vain.

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

    High School Spanish Teacher


    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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    Mohammad Abdollahi Asks Help For Andy Mathe, Dreamer Detained

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    “One, two, three o’clock four o’clock rock.  We are going to rock, rock rock tonight.”  While the words to the song sound great, there won’t be any rocking for Andy Mathe.   Immigration detention is not a place where things rock.  Rather, it is a place where time stands still, where futures are unsure, where loss of liberty and unpleasant living conditions are tolerated on the chance justice will finally be done.   That is where Andy is tonight, waiting to find out what his future will be in an ICE prison.

    The Mathe family fled to Atlanta, Georgia, from Rwanda, South Africa.  Life takes on a different meaning in Rwanda.  Perhaps better said, life has little meaning if you don’t walk on the popular side of the political sidewalk.   where they kill people who don’t side with current political ideas.  After family members received death threats, they came to the US and asked for Asylum.


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    Making a case out for asylum is not as easy as it might sound.  Nothing is automatic, and many people don’t qualify.  Or at least that is what the judge says, and the judge almost always gets his way.

    Andy Mathe is still in jail, ICE is currently reviewing his case and will soon decide whether he’ll be deported back to Africa where he could be killed, or returned to the safety of his family in Atlanta, Georgia.

    Call ICE: Demand Safety for Mathe Family

    The family needs your help, we need to convince ICE they need to grant deferred action for the family.  Please make a call to ICE for the Mathe family, your 30 second call can be the difference we need:

    “I am calling to ask that Andy Mathe (A#88-488-386) and his family be allowed to stay. If deported the entire family could be killed, please grant deferred action for the Mathe Family, their life is in danger.”

    Janet Napolitano: 202-282-8495

    John Morton: 202-732-3000

    If you need any additional motivation please check out this video of Hope pleading for support for her son, Andy.

    Thank you,

    Mohammad Abdollahi
    co-founder of DreamActivist.org


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