Saturday, June 20, 2015
ICE - Weren't they some movie bad guys?
Sometimes, when you look at the way Immigration and Customs Enforcement operates, they really look no better than some bunch of baddies in a second rate movie plot. Their latest brilliant move was to ship a mother and daughter to Guatemala after their lawyer requested the court block the deportation and ICE said they had no such plans.
In a rare move that will likely draw more attention to the controversial practice of family detention, Chief Judge Theodore A. McKee of the Third Circuit Court of Appeals ordered U.S. officials to stop Ana and her daughter when they arrive in Guatemala City and immediately return them to the United States.While it is doubtful that anybody at ICE's secret headquarters is going "Bwah-hah-hah!" at things like this, it is obvious they follow the sort of plot line that usually allows it. And they are doing it all on our tax dollars.
“If the government is unable to intercept Petitioners at the airport, they must locate Petitioners in Guatemala and return them to the United States as quickly as possible,” McKee wrote in his June 19 order.
Reached Friday night, U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials said they were reviewing the court’s order.
“Right now the agency is working to prepare a way forward for all parties involved in the case,” said spokeswoman Gillian Christensen.
McClatchy isn’t sharing Ana’s last name because of concerns she and her lawyer have about possible reprisals from those she had fled in Guatemala.
Cambria had asked the court to block Ana’s deportation while her latest appeal was pending. In its opposition to that request, the U.S. attorney’s office told the court that, as of June 9, immigration officials had no plans to remove Ana and her daughter. She was then removed 10 days later at 9:55 a.m. Friday morning.
In his order, McKee said the court would have granted Cambria’s request to block the deportation had the court known Ana and her daughter were going to be deported.
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