LOS ANGELES (CBS) — A union leader for employees of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement says Americans need to “brace themselves” after the department released a memo outlining “procedural discretion” for arresting illegal immigrants.

The memo issued on June 17 informs ICE officials that they do not have to necessarily detain or deport illegal immigrants if they are enrolled in school, have family members in the U.S. military, or even if they are pregnant or nursing.

The guidelines also appear to suggest favorable consideration be given to those “who have graduated from a U.S. high school or have successfully pursued or are pursuing a college or advanced degrees at a legitimate institution of higher education in the United States” even if they are in the country illegally.

Chris Crane, President of the National ICE Council, which represents approximately 7,000 ICE agents, officers and employees, said the memo is only the latest in what has been a series of policy missteps for the agency.

“Any American concerned about immigration needs to brace themselves for what’s coming,” said Crane. “This is just one of many new ICE policies in queue aimed at stopping the enforcement of U.S. immigration laws in the United States.

Crane also said that gross mismanagement and efforts within ICE to create backdoor amnesty through agency policy were behind the no-confidence vote against ICE Director John Morton in June of 2010.

But with the release of this latest memo, Crane warns voters need to take matters to their elected representatives in order to avoid what he calls “secret changes” to immigration policy.

“We are asking everyone to please email or call your Congressman and Senators immediately and ask them to help stop what’s happening at ICE,” said Crane. “We desperately need your help.”

Comments (18)
  1. Rick says:

    Great, now all one has to do is pop her nipple in her babies mouth and giggle as she skirts the law. I can see it now, baby in one hand, weapon in the other.

    In addition, lets give them another reason to become pregnant and further fill the Hopsitals, schools and prison system.

  2. bdoodles says:

    what in the world is going on; doen’t any realize they are slowing destroying this country

  3. Trisha says:

    This is absurd!!

  4. adolfo says:

    Great, now our army will be filled with illegals and they will have all their family members come here as if I read it correct families of milatary get asylum. You know this is a step backward and we are headed towards amnesty for everyone here illegally.

    1. Tu Papi says:

      You should have told your grandparents to stay in Latin America…. ADOLFO.

      1. adolfo says:

        I am Italian you wetter. Do your research. Adolfo is an italian name.

    2. Mike D says:

      Adolfo, did i not tell you to finish my lawn?

  5. levin says:

    Great! Once this gets to Mexico everyone will come here and get pregnant and there is nothing we can do about it buy pay our taxes to support these people. Why the heck have laws if they will not be enforced.

  6. rjsmitty says:

    I have watched over several years how amnesty was given to the illegal’s with the promise that the border would be secure and local , state and federal governments will get a handle on illegal immigration, we all know what happened to that NOTHING !. The time for talk and half measures are threw , there can not be these amnesty measures put in place thinking that things will change . The state of California can not sustain the massive amounts of illegal aliens coming across the boarder unchallenged it is try crushing the school systems, hospitals and government programs set up to help the citizens of that state . I can only speak for California because I have watched with amazement how its devastated the state. Immigration is a good thing but there is a tipping point which was reach along time ago.

  7. g. forte says:

    The U.S. government is making a mockery out of ICE operations. The effect of the new policy will be to encourage, not discourage, illegal immigration at the expense of the American people. A solution is to pressure congress and the white house to enforce the law and provide the necessary funding to protect our borders.

  8. The Realist says:

    Well I guess we known how the Native Americans felt when they had to deal with the same problem. Everyone is the same, just repeating what was done before. Look beyond man for your answers to life.

    1. rjsmitty says:

      There is nothing real about your statement you were not here back then so you can not speak about back then. You can guess from what you were taught in school assuming that you were taught the truth . Which is a big assumption.

  9. Pablo says:

    Jes! Jes! Jes! es about time day givin us a brake. I come to us only make it $5 hr but I lived with 9 people in studio huse and save money to buy home. I bring my wife and we haved 2 kids n get help wit food stamp and medical so we saved money and i had own buzness now. America is grate!

  10. rjsmitty says:

    PASADENA • As the United States faced Mexico in Saturday’s Gold Cup final at the Rose Bowl, a majority of fans booed and jeered the U.S. team.
    Spectators chanted obscenities at U.S. team goalkeeper Tim Howard, who was visibly shaken after the entire post match ceremony was conducted in Spanish.
    When the American national anthem was played, the crowd blew air horns and bounced beachballs in the stands, according to the Los Angeles Times.
    Most of the “hostile visitors” live in the U.S.,
    There is more of this to come …

  11. Luis says:

    This is Northern Mexico and their is nothing anyone can do to stop it. You don’t like it? Leave, cause we are not going anywhere and we are just getting bigger and bigger. Look at all the TV channels, radio stations, newspapers and stores that are latino. The invasion is in progress and their is no turning back!

    1. Musicman says:

      Wanna bet…

  12. Ellen says:

    Any law enforcement individual with any brains whatsoever would/should realize that they each swore an oath to protect, preserve, and defend the Constitution of these united States–NOT to obey illegal mandates from fraudulent usurpers. If these individuals would only wake the hell up and smell the coffee, we could take back our country very quickly. JUST SAY NO! Our so-called government is waging war against us, the sovereign people of this country. THAT needs to stop.

  13. Jethrie Smith says:

    So you actually think that you are winning by coming here illegally? Once you get here and live for a while you too will also realize that no one wins in LA but BIG Government and BIG Business. You are small and they will always be big.

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