ICE Considered One Of The Worst Places To Work In The Federal Government

from the maybe-if-they-spent-time-not-censoring-the-web dept

Last month, we noted the odd propaganda film from ICE director John Morton, in which he seemed to be trying to pat himself on the back and pump up the morale of ICE agents for their hard work in illegally censoring the internet. Perhaps it's because he knew that ICE agents apparently hate working there. An anonymous person pointed us to the news that in a recent ranking of government agencies, ICE ranked very near the bottom -- 222 out of 240 agencies. It seems that morale isn't particularly high there.

The same person pointed us to the news of a leaked memo from Morton concerning his disappointment about these rankings, and planning some sort of typical bureaucratic response to bad rankings: appointing someone to lead the effort to improve morale, looking at other agencies with happier employees and hosting some townhall meetings. Perhaps he could also try keeping ICE agents focused on issues related to their actual mandate, rather than having them work on seizing domain names and censoring the internet. Just a thought.


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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 7:42am

    Yup, you work for an agency that has to deal with desperate illegal immigrants, armed smugglers, and arrogant bloggers... and you think it would be a nice job.

    I am sure it's only bad to work there because of the internet stuff.

     

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    Jay (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 7:43am

    Focus on morale? Ha!

    ICE's mandates are all over the place. First, let's look at immigration

    First, ICE has decided to take a few pages out of the IRS '80s hand book and audit then arrest employers. The issue here is if a company allows illegal immigrants or not. Then you have the number of deportations annually for Congress apportionment money. If they get 400,000 people illegally deported, they get more money from Congress. Then you have the massive number of abuses occurring in the detention centers. And they've raided immigrants for years violating constitutional rights. With the massive abuses, it's any surprise that ICE has let up on certain tools that they've abused. Although, I would suggest that there's political motivations behind the deal.

    But I for one am not surprised that ICE is a terrible place to work for. It was formed as a merger between U.S. Customs and Border Enforcement and the Immigration and Naturalization Service. It has competing and conflicting objectives which force it to be an agency with dual agendas. And that unfortunately came to a head with the recent February shootout which exposes the problem of how competitive this rivalry has gotten. What concerns me all the more is that the field agents are angry about not being able to catch more immigrants. Even though John Morton is saying there needs to be restraint, the agents seem angry at being railed in. It seems that the agents have a perverse incentive to try to prove their lot in the industry and move up out of being a field agent. In a sense, it's the same as crack dealers living with their mothers. They either don't make enough money or they are in a very dangerous situation where actual thinking is banned.

    Now, let's get into the domain seizures...

    You have a company with low morale...
    --where the leader is ineffective...
    --where you've turned into a horrid parody of the IRS...
    --where your rival might actually be your supervisor...
    --where the entire world hates you for doing your job...
    --where civil rights seems to be more an afterthought than a first concern...

    Is it any wonder that ICE can't figure out how clueless they are about seizures? How violating rights aren't that big of a deal to them? Is it any wonder that officers move on to places like the MPAA who give them lucrative salaries?

    ICE is just trying to kid themselves if they believe that they'll fix their problems any time soon.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 7:47am

    Re:

    One of those things is no where near like the others.

    "I had to take down a desperate illegal immigrant." ICE Agent #1
    "I had to take down an armed smuggler." ICE Agent #2
    "I had to take down a website." ICE Agent #3

     

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    lucidrenegade (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 7:52am

    Maybe that explains why they are shooting each other...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 7:56am

    Why would it want to focus on it's mandates? Then it might have time to verify children's identities before they deported them.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 7:57am

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    Yeah, clearly ice agent #3 has the worst job, because he had to cut off his own supply of pirated movies and music. That must be totally demoralizing!

    How nice of Mike to suggest that they should get out of the enforcement business. Perhaps ICE can go on to making infomercials and running them in foreign countries to discourage illegal immigration. That would be good, and would probably increase moral!

     

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    Stephen, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 7:57am

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    Yet you come to this site and read this "arrogant blogger." You even comment here. Interesting.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 7:57am

    the leaked memo link

    seems to go to a particularly unpleasant site

     

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    TtfnJohn (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 7:58am

    Re: Focus on morale? Ha!

    It's sounding, in many ways, to be similar to when the Canadian Government created CSIS (Canadian Security and Intelligence Service) out of a merger between the security arm of the RCMP who were caught spying on citizens, among other things, with other civilian intelligence services and other departments leaving a wholesale mess between the new agency and the RCMP. Both going well and truly overboard in an attempt to prove their worth.

    It's taken years to fix that and I'm not sure it's fixed now just better "hidden".

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 7:59am

    Perhaps one of your links should be annotated thusly

    Warning: this link points to a web site run by an extraordinarily stupid person, even by the appallingly low standards of intelligence now considered acceptable in United States.

    Oh...and she's a racist, bigoted, xenophobic asshole. That too.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:01am

    perhaps concentrating on their official tasks rather than being the 'bum-chums' of the entertainment industries would be a better road to follow. couple that with the good probability that some of those working for ICE are as into file sharing as the rest of us and have now hit the same hurdles as everyone else.

     

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    Trails (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:01am

    Re: Re: Re:

    It would increase the morality of ICE. POssibly also its morale.

    Clearly Agent #3 has the worst job because he's taking down sites no one wants taken down for "secondary infringement" (a civil offense), while his colleagues fight, you know, actual crime.

     

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    Chris-Mouse (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:03am

    Is it any surprise that the TSA is located even lower down that list?
    In fact, there are eleven entries in that list that fall under the Department of Homeland Security. All but four of the entries are in the bottom half of the list, and even more worrying, all but two of the entries have gotten worse than they were last year.

    Sounds like there should probably be a rethinking of this whole Department of Homeland Security.

     

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    John Doe, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:04am

    They know they aren't effective

    I was stopped on my way back into the US from Canada. My motorcycle was searched and I was let go. If that is their idea of border security then I don't feel one bit safer. They know they are ineffective and wasting a lot of time and money. No amount of office parties is going to change that.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:04am

    Re: Re:

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:05am

    Re: Re: Re:

    My tickle me elmo fell over laughing at that one... 10 years ago or so.

    Go away troll!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:07am

    Re:

    Sounds like there should probably be a complete shutdown and dismantlement of this whole Department of Homeland Security.

    FTFY.

     

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    E. Zachary Knight (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:07am

    What I find great about that list is that the TSA comes in ten positions below ICE. That is awesome.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:16am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    You must be confused.

    I'm not a Troll.

    I'm a level 5 Chaotic Orc Barbarian...for now. Like 10 minutes ago I was a level 1 human tourist, until a newt killed me.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:17am

    Re: Re:

    "Sounds like there should probably be a complete shutdown and dismantlement of this website"

    FTFFY.

     

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    Mr. Smarta**, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:18am

    And, of course, the ol' saying

    Internal memo leaked from within ICE:

    "BEATINGS WILL CONTINUE UNTIL MORALE IMPROVES!!!"

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:19am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    My point exactly. How demoralizing it must be for ICE Agent #3!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:21am

    Re: Re: Re:

    They should take down the Department of Homeland Security website, yes, I agree.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:22am

    Re: Re: Re:

    If by "this website", you mean techdirt, then this will make you happy:

    http://www.techdirt.com/articles/20120221/03323417826/techdirt-deemed-harmful-to-minors-ge rmany.shtml

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:26am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Let's see, what doe ICE stand for again? Oh yeah, Immigration and Customs Enforcement. That's all about people and things from outside the nation coming into the nation, right?

    Illegal immigrant? Check, that's on the list -- there are rules to follow for entering the country, and it's ICE's job to enforce them.

    Smuggler? Check, that's on the list, too -- you can't skip out on customs, either to cut costs or to bring in unwanted items, and it's ICE's job to enforce that, too.

    Internet sites? Erm, well... huh. I'm not sure I see where this one fits in. I mean, maybe if they were shutting down sites that provided foreign products to US citizens, like BBC.com or Telegraph.co.uk... 'cause if those were being physically shipped in they'd have to go through customs... But (1) nothing is being physically shipped in, and there's no law requiring customs on the Internet (and until there is such a law, we shouldn't have anyone working to enforce it), and (2) it seems to me that they're just shutting down sites that are (allegedly) involved in providing US products to US citizens. That's weird, because ICE and Customs aren't usually involved when I watch TV or go to the movies or turn on the radio...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:30am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    "nothing is being physically shipped in"

    It doesn't matter. It comes from outside of the country, and ends up inside the country. Customs applies.

    Try again.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:31am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    It must have been an angry newt.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:33am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    So does pollution.

     

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    Chargone (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:34am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    ... i wonder if it got better?

     

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    Chargone (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:36am

    Re: Re: Re:

    *facepalms*

    idiot.

    the abbreviation only has TWO "F"s, not THREE!

    (that is not the only thing wrong with your post.)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:38am

    Re: Perhaps one of your links should be annotated thusly

    Yeah, this isn't such a great precedent for Mike. Schlussel is a fascist harpie. She occasionally says things that are completely accurate, but sadly, she encrusts those nuggets of truth in layer upon layer of the darkest, nastiest, most dishonest hyperbole you'll find on the Internet this side of some Aryan Nations website. And most of her posts consists of just bile, without anything worth digesting. This post is one of those.

    If Mike's interested in Morton's email, why not just quote it? Instead, Mike links to a story that basically just gives some rightwing nutjob a chance to rant about his oh-so-lefty bosses. News flash to both Mike and the unnamed-and-unhappy wingnut ICE agent writing into Schlussel - ICE hasn't gotten all soft and squishy since Obama took office. The dysfunction has been there for the past decade.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:40am

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    Umm...I can tell you with complete certainty that all of my piracy is 100% ripped, zipped, and shipped within the USA thank you very much. Try again.

     

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    Chargone (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:40am

    ... 240.

    you have 240 different government agencies.

    that right there is a significant problem in it's own right.

    i'm betting there's a lot of overlap, gaps, and subdividing areas of responsibility that probably shouldn't be.

    i mean, yes, obviously you're running a continental empire, that that justifies the agencies being Large and having a lot of branches to cover all the localities. how the heck do you even HAVE 240 government agencies? what do they all DO?

     

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    MrWilson, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:44am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Anonymous Coward Troll: Champion of Freedom of Speech!

     

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    el_segfaulto (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:44am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    You, sir, are a true patriot!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:45am

    Maybe it's because everything ICE is doing eveerything is whack-a-mole

    They don't seem to have a high success rate doing these things:

    - Deporting only the illegals who have existing criminal records

    - Letting a majority of illegal products get smuggled in via the ports & borders because they don't inspect every package

    - Shutting down drug tunnel #999, arresting drug smuggler #99999

    - Seizing random web sites on the internet simply for linking, but not seizing google.com and and failing to explain the difference.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:45am

    Maybe it's because everything ICE is doing eveerything whack-a-mole

    They don't seem to have a high success rate doing these things:

    - Deporting only the illegals who have existing criminal records

    - Letting a majority of illegal products get smuggled in via the ports & borders because they don't inspect every package

    - Shutting down drug tunnel #999, arresting drug smuggler #99999

    - Seizing random web sites on the internet simply for linking, but not seizing google.com and and failing to explain the difference.

     

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    ken (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:45am

    The flogging will continue till morale improves.

     

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    Glen, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:46am

    Re:

    Where is the "sad but true" button?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 8:49am

    Re: Re: Re: Re:

    fixed that fix for you.

    3 Fs.

    4 if you count the failing grade you got for not getting the idea.

     

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    Hephaestus (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 9:00am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Naw he is a true pirate ;)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 9:05am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Yes, it's so much more enjoyable and interesting to get shot at by desperate criminals.

     

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    DannyB (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 9:14am

    Re:

    > you have 240 different government agencies.
    > that right there is a significant problem

    The obvious fix is to merge them into a smaller number of agencies.

    After the merge, increase the size of each agency to deal with additional internal communication, conflicting agendas, mandates, etc.

    There. Problem fixed. Everyone happy.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 9:19am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    You mean doing your job?

     

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    The Groove Tiger (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 9:21am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Did you know where your luggage was?

     

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    gorehound (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 9:23am

    Re: Focus on morale? Ha!

    Heat will melt ICE and turn it into water !!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 9:24am

    Re: Focus on morale? Ha!

    Did Techdirt cover the Long Beach shoot-out between ICE employees?

    "Garcia was a plaintiff in a lawsuit against the Los Angeles Police Department after he and another ICE agent claimed they were roughed up by five officers while doing undercover work. A federal jury found in the police officers' favor in 2005, saying they did not use excessive force against Garcia and the other agent."

    http://www.huffingtonpost.com/2012/02/17/long-beach-shooting-federal-building-ice_n_12836 23.html

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 9:24am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Piratriot!!!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 9:32am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Piratriot?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 9:32am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Ha, beat me to it :)

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 9:36am

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    so does stupid, look your here!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 9:43am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Not to mention dignified!

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 9:44am

    Re:

    That explains Mike and his dead horse obsession.

     

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    Stuart, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 9:51am

    Re: Focus on morale? Ha!

    How do you violate the constitutional rights of non citizens?
    Also I would be much more inclined to accept some illegal immigration if they at least wanted to be Americans.

    Most of the ones I see where I live just want the money but their loyalties stay with their home country.
    Immigrants that came to America to be Americans made this country great.
    Immigrants that come for a free ride and do not want to become Americans can all go fuck themselves.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 10:11am

    Re: Re:

    What about your obsession with Mike and his dead horse?

     

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    Howard the Duck, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 10:19am

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    At least you're aware that ICE should be going after CRIMINALS.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 10:22am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Yes, all criminals. Most online criminals are NOT carrying guns, or at least aren't using them.

    Nice way to "duck" the issue.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 10:23am

    Re: Re: Re:

    Every time I hear "flogging", the techdirt logo comes to mind.

     

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    Berenerd (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 10:29am

    I can say in all honesty...

    I have worked for a company where I went into several ICE/DHS buildings to work on printers/computers and I have met many people in those offices, not a single one smiled. Just sayin...

     

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    Lord Binky, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 10:37am

    I can't imagine how it sucks to work a place where your tasks come from the blatently corrupted. How could knowing you're making the world a worse place not make your existence fullfilling. At least this doesn't provide any openings for criminals to persuade agents to look other ways.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 10:46am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Alleged criminals.

     

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    Jay (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 10:54am

    Re: Re: Focus on morale? Ha!

    They arrest people in the US who have been a part of the community for over 25 years without problems. This has lead to 5100 children being sent to foster homes.

    When you are arrested and a woman, you have a very high chance of being sexually assaulted. The GAO has only just stepped in to investigate. ICE was intentionally interfering with people reporting these allegations of assault.

    Communities are LESS secure from the Secure communities programs. Officials have less help from the Latino community, who have a fear that the police are coming in to arrest them.

    People in detention are eating rotten food, leading to less weight gain. Quite frankly, ICE is damn near torturing these people as they wait for a court date. The Secure Communities program is woefully inept at what it's supposed to do.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 11:09am

    and planning some sort of typical bureaucratic response to bad rankings [...]

    You forgot the most important:
    - (Threaten to) seize the domain of the US gov for putting out that report.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 11:10am

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    Sorry, you seem to have missed the "no law requiring customs on the Internet." I'll keep this short so it's easier to find this time.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 11:12am

    Re: Re: Re: Focus on morale? Ha!

    I think their point was "the Constitution protects citizens," "illegal immigrants are not citizens," therefore "no violation of the Constitution occurs."

     

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    Jay (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 11:21am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Focus on morale? Ha!

    That would be an even worse argument to make. If they're on American soil and they're being abused then that undermines the entire argument about civil rights in this country. Bear in mind, no where in the Constitution does it say that these people should be excluded. So they have just as much right to Constitutional protections as anyone else.

     

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    Jay (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 11:26am

    Re:

    Welcome to the outlying result of the Patriot Act.

     

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    iamtheky (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 11:53am

    Re: Re: Perhaps one of your links should be annotated thusly

    I concur. That site should be avoided at all costs. It is of no use to a logical defense or rational argument.

     

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    Chris-Mouse (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 11:55am

    Re: Re: Focus on morale? Ha!

    How do you violate the constitutional rights of non citizens?
    Might I point out that the United States constitution does NOT apply to American citizens, so they have no constitutional rights either.
    The constitution of the United States applies to the United States Government, and if the constitution says the government shall not do something, then it shall not do that something. The citizenship status of the people involved simply does not apply.

     

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    adamj (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 12:15pm

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 12:23pm

    Re:

    Nobody knows, there was a list once (someone may have referred to it as the 'knock list') but we lost it and haven't found the agency in charge of creating it the first time....

    If you find our lost government, please return it, we are trying to make due in the meantime... but you can see how things are going

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 1:11pm

    Re: Re: Perhaps one of your links should be annotated thusly

    It only proves that Mike will do anything to discredit certain agencies... even if it requires him to link to some truly out there websites.

     

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    PrometheeFeu (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 2:05pm

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    I know... Slowly but surely we are winning. People who work for ICE and the TSA should feel terrible.

     

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    Lawrence D'Oliveiro, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 3:12pm

    Re: How do you violate the constitutional rights of non citizens?

    US law is supposed to apply to everybody on US territory, citizen or not, right?

    The law is supposed to work both ways: it not only imposes obligations, it also grants rights. Right?

    Itís not just supposed to be a burden on everybody, itís supposed to protect them all, right?

     

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    nbcart (profile), Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 3:17pm

    "The beatings will continue, until morale improves."

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 7:39pm

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Re:

    Infringement is a civil offense. To my mind that precludes it being a criminal act, or it would be a criminal offense. You see the difference? ... Of course you don't.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 7:41pm

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    Wait.. the Troll is calling someone else a Troll?!?

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 7:51pm

    Re: Re: Re: Perhaps one of your links should be annotated thusly

    All we have to do to discredit ICE is link to news articles in just about any paper in the US or abroad. I don't Mike has to try as hard as you think he does, in other words.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 23rd, 2012 @ 7:55pm

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    You're still losing. Why do you have such a chubby for Mike, anyways? Do you really think that coming here and being an ass is going to make anyone think any worse about him or better about you?

     

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    Niall (profile), Feb 24th, 2012 @ 2:03am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Focus on morale? Ha!

    As far as I understand it, your Constitution applies to everyone in the country, whether they are 'legal' or 'illegal' - otherwise you'd break an Amendment or two. Oh wait, this is the US government...

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 24th, 2012 @ 4:16am

    Re: Re: Re: Re: Re: Focus on morale? Ha!

    I never said their point was valid, just noting that your argument didn't address it.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 24th, 2012 @ 4:21am

    Re: Re: How do you violate the constitutional rights of non citizens?

    I think the answer is yes, no, and no -- because we have laws that say you can't steal a car, but nothing that says you CAN eat pizza on Thursdays. The result is the same, though, as Chris-Mouse points out: if the Government shall not do a thing, it shall not do it regardless of the citizenship of those involved.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 24th, 2012 @ 4:36am

    Re:

    Well, depending on how you count, I only came up with 21: Air Force, Army, Commerce, DHS, DOD, DOE, DOJ, DOL, DOT, ED, EPA, GSA, HHS, HUD, Interior, NASA, Navy, OPM, Treasury, USDA, and VA. They just break down all the branches and divisions that you're talking about. It'd be like if they listed out Greeters (Walmart), Stockers (Walmart), Cashiers (Walmart), etc.

     

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    Anonymous Coward, Feb 24th, 2012 @ 4:39am

    Re: Maybe it's because everything ICE is doing eveerything is whack-a-mole

    If it's a crime to come into the country without going through the immigration process, then doesn't every illegal have an existing criminal record? Isn't that why they're called "illegals."

     

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    Hop, Feb 24th, 2012 @ 5:36pm

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    These guys are a joke ban them.

     

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