What Newly Revealed Documents About ICE Deportation QuotasMean for Georgia: A Briefing Guide
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.
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.
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.
Immigration tactics aimed at boosting deportations
, USA Today, Feb. 17, 2013.
See ICE Documents, p. 4, available at http://www.documentcloud.org/documents/603861-ice-documents.html.
ICE Documents, p. 11-13,