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Briefing Guide re: ICE Quota

Briefing Guide re: ICE Quota

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What Newly Revealed Documents About ICE Deportation QuotasMean for Georgia: A Briefing Guide
On Friday,
USA Today
published never-before-disclosed communications between the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Atlanta Field Office, which is in charge of immigration enforcement throughout Georgia, and ICE national headquarters.
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The documents are a treasure-trove of information, revealing a sharp divergence between the Obama Administration’s rhetoric on immigration and its action on the ground. This Briefing Guide highlights some key takeaways.
I. Immigration Enforcement is Quota Driven and Pressure to Make the NumbersComes Directly from ICE Headquarters
The documents show that, despite all the recent talk of targeted enforcement, ICEcontinues to be driven by quotas. The Atlanta Field Office felt the heat last year when itsdeportation numbers were down 1,200 from the prior year. Directors were instructed tocome up with a plan to increase deportations—ASAP.
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No consideration appears tohave been given to the well-documented relationship between quotas and increases inracial profiling and civil rights violations. Rather, officers were to make the numbers at allcosts.
II. ICE Enlistment of Local Law Enforcement as ‘Force Multipliers’ has More to dowith Numbers and Less to do with Safety.
When pressed to increase deportations, it is striking how much ICE has come to dependon cooperation with local law enforcement. The documents reveal efforts to expandpartnerships from police and sheriffs to courts, district attorneys, and probation officers.
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See
Brad Heath,
 Immigration tactics aimed at boosting deportations
, USA Today, Feb. 17, 2013.
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See ICE Documents, p. 4, available at http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/603861-ice-documents.html.
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See
ICE Documents, p. 11-13,
available at 
http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/603861-ice-documents.html.
 
ICE never addresses how infusing immigration enforcement into every aspect of thecriminal justice system will impact safety. The focus is on expanding the dragnet. It is asif the agency learned nothing from the disastrous roll out of its Secure Communitiesprogram, which has been widely criticized by local law enforcement officials forthreatening public safety by making crime victims and witnesses reluctant to cooperatewith the police.
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 Indeed, many of the Atlanta Field Office’s plans to increase deportations take their cuefrom widely criticized sections of Georgia’s anti-immigrant bill, HB 87, which observersallege encourage racial profiling and threaten public safety. One program in particular,“the Local Law Enforcement Taskforce,” mirrors HB 87’s “racial profiling provision” byinstructing ICE to work with local police to check the immigration status of anyone withwhom they come into contact—focusing on those who are never taken into custody, butsimply receive “a traffic ticket or warning or a field interview.”
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III. That DUI Checkpoint? It’s Really an Immigration Inspection
Throughout Georgia, checkpoints—purportedly set up to check for DUI’s, but in realitynetting far more undocumented mothers and fathers than drunk drivers—have been aflashpoint for community protest. Residents complain that the checkpoints areconcentrated in Latino neighborhoods and that officers rely on race to determine who willbe subject to extended investigation. The checkpoints convert daily commutes to work orthe store into lengthy ordeals complete with harassment for anyone with brown skin.The disclosed documents show that a key part of ICE’s strategy to boost deportations isto increase these much-hated checkpoints. Although a key part of ICE's deportationstrategy, the checkpoints "would not appear to be an ICE organized checkpoint." But ICE"would be set up there, waiting to interview all individuals that we deem necessary."
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 Disturbingly, ICE specifically includes non-driver occupants among those who would beinterviewed.
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See
Restoring Community: A National Community Advisory Report on ICE’s Failed “SecureCommunities” Program,”
available at 
http://altopolimigra.com/s-comm-shadow-report/
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See
ICE Documents, p. 14,
available at 
http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/603861-ice-documents.html.
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See
ICE Documents, p. 11,
available at 
http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/603861-ice-documents.html.

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