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ICE chiefs slammed with “no confidence” vote from agents

August 5th, 2010 . by TexasFred

I generally don’t place a lot of stock in reports from The Examiner. The Examiner is, basically, a well syndicated blog, filled with opinions and few links to ANY substantiation of that opinion.

That said, this is a piece I believe to be very accurate, partly because of personal, 1st hand knowledge regarding the policies of some Law Enforcement Agencies, and partly because of the credibility of this particular writer, Mr. Jim Kouri.

Jim Kouri, CPP is currently fifth vice-president of the National Association of Chiefs of Police and he’s a columnist for The Examiner ( and New Media Alliance ( In addition, he’s a blogger for the Cheyenne, Wyoming Fox News Radio affiliate KGAB ( Kouri also serves as political advisor for Emmy and Golden Globe winning actor Michael Moriarty.

He’s former chief at a New York City housing project in Washington Heights nicknamed “Crack City” by reporters covering the drug war in the 1980s. In addition, he served as director of public safety at a New Jersey university and director of security for several major organizations. He’s also served on the National Drug Task Force and trained police and security officers throughout the country. Kouri writes for many police and security magazines including Chief of Police, Police Times, The Narc Officer and others.

ICE chiefs slammed with “no confidence” vote from agents

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents overwhelmingly say that their department’s leadership has become politicized to the point of affecting the effectiveness of ICE.

ICE agents through their union claim their leaders have little regard for the safety of American people. Their union has released a letter announcing its recent unanimous “vote of no confidence�? in ICE agency heads, accusing them of “misleading the American public�? regarding illegal immigration in order to further a pro-amnesty agenda.

The National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council and its affiliated local councils cast a unanimous 259-0 vote of no confidence in ICE Director John Morton and Assistant Director Phyllis Coven, according to Fox News Channel’s Martha MacCallum.

The National Council members criticized the ICE leadership and claim they created “misguided and reckless initiatives,ďż˝? and claim ICE managers “abandoned the Agency’s core mission of enforcing United States immigration laws and providing for public safety, and have instead directed their attention to campaigning for policies and programs related to amnesty.ďż˝?

Besides Morton’s and Coven’s low marks, the Obama Administration recently appointed a former police chief, who believes in illegal alien sanctuary city policies, to command the immigration enforcement program that entails federal agents working with local police departments on cases involving illegal aliens.

As part of the Homeland Security Department’s anti-terrorism mission, the new director for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s Office of State and Local Coordination is now Harold Hurtt, an outspoken critic of immigration enforcement on the local level such as Arizona’s new immigration enforcement law.

“As police chief in two different cities with huge illegal alien populations—Phoenix and Houston—Hurtt enforced don’t-ask-don’t-tell immigration measures that prevented officers from inquiring about a suspects’ legal status in the U.S.,” according to officials at Judicial Watch, a non-partisan, public-interest group that investigates public corruption.

In his new post, Hurtt will receive a salary $180,000 a year plus benefits to oversee outreach and communication between federal immigration staff and local law enforcement agencies. He is charged with strengthening the collaboration between local police and federal immigration officials in an effort to combat a crisis that has rocked practically every major U.S. city and many small municipalities, according to Judicial Watch officials.

Homeland Security officials are promoting Hurtt as “a respected member of the law enforcement community�? who will be an “invaluable asset to ICE’s outreach and coordination efforts.�?

However, the reality is quite different, say proponents of tough immigration enforcement. Chief Hurtt is on record opposing immigration enforcement and as police chief protected the most violent of criminals. Hurtt has even testified before Congress that local police should not assist with immigration enforcement, say officials at Judicial Watch.

President Barack Obama has ordered the Justice Department to fight the Arizona law, which he claims is racist and unconstitutional. Officials in sanctuary cities couldn’t agree more and they want illegal aliens in their beloved city to feel safe.

“We can expect Chief Hurtt to continue to ‘protect’ criminal aliens as part of the Obama Administration’s ‘national security team” that includes other leftists who side with criminal aliens such as Attorney General Eric Holder, Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and other Obama appointees,” said former military intelligence officer and NYPD police detective Mike Snopes.

His pro-immigration policies enabled illegal immigrants with extensive criminal histories to murder two police officers and seriously injure another while he was chief in Phoenix and later in Houston. Judicial Watch filed a lawsuit against Hurtt on behalf of the deceased Houston officer’s wife for implementing the sanctuary policies that led to her husband’s murder at the hands of an illegal alien fugitive.

In the 2007 incident, Officer Rodney Johnson was brutally shot by a previously deported illegal immigrant during a traffic stop. The illegal alien, Juan Quintero, had an extensive criminal record and had been deported three years earlier for molesting a child.

The Mexican national had also been in trouble for driving while intoxicated, driving with a suspended license and for failing to stop and provide information after an automobile accident. When Johnson arrested him, Quintero shot him four times in the back of the head with a 9 millimeter handgun concealed in the waistband of his pants.

Some illegal aliens in the United States have been arrested and incarcerated in federal and state prisons and local jails, adding to already overcrowded prisons and jails. On April 7, 2007, the US Justice Department issued a report on criminal aliens that were incarcerated in federal and state prisons and local jails.

In the population study of 55,322 illegal aliens, researchers found that they were arrested at least a total of 459,614 times, averaging about 8 arrests per illegal alien. Nearly all had more than 1 arrest. Thirty-eight percent (about 21,000) had between 2 and 5 arrests, 32 percent (about 18,000) had between 6 and 10 arrests, and 26 percent (about 15,000) had 11 or more arrests. Most of the arrests occurred after 1990.

They were arrested for a total of about 700,000 criminal offenses, averaging about 13 offenses per illegal alien. One arrest incident may include multiple offenses, a fact that explains why there are nearly one and half times more offenses than arrests. Almost all of these illegal aliens were arrested for more than 1 offense. Slightly more than half of the 55,322 illegal aliens had between 2 and 10 offenses.

“[Hurtt's] appointment is simply one more nail in the coffin of America’s sovereignty,” Det. Snopes said.

Full Story Here:
ICE chiefs slammed with “no confidence” vote from agents

ICE has turned into a typical FEDERAL boondoggle. Ineffective, irrelevant, over paid and top heavy.

I have, as I said at the top of this post, 1st hand knowledge.

ICE won’t come pick up ILLEGALS from a local Police Department. Many Departments are simply turning ILLEGALS loose if they don’t have them on a solid felony arrest. A misdemeanor arrest simply isn’t worth the time and money it costs a Police Department.

I have seen the frustration, I have seen the anger and disgust that our Officers are forced to bear when they find out that the guy they are about to arrest, one that really needs to be taken off the street and deported, is going to WALK and keep right on being an ILLEGAL.

Besides, if a Sheriffs Office or P.D. arrest wetbacks, it’s not because they’re ILLEGALS and wetbacks, it’s because the Sheriffs and Police are racists… :?

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6 Responses to “ICE chiefs slammed with “no confidence” vote from agents”

  1. comment number 1 by: Vigilante

    “ICE won’t come pick up ILLEGALS from a local Police Department. Many Departments are simply turning ILLEGALS loose if they don’t have them on a solid felony arrest.”

    Fine, take’em out in the country, shoot their asses, and then bury them. Voila!! Problem solved.

  2. comment number 2 by: TexasFred

    Vigilante — I beg to differ, bury em hell, critters gotta eat too.. :twisted:

  3. comment number 3 by: BobF

    Here’s where an illegal awaiting a deportation hearing for two freaking years finally killed an innocent woman through drunk driving.

    Illegal immigrant who killed nun in accident was released by feds

    How many more Americans need to die before the Federal Government will do it’s job?

  4. comment number 4 by: mrchuck

    A subject close to my heart.
    A field agent MUST be in charge instead of some “political hack”.
    Been there.

    Only “sworn” officers in the chain of command.
    Been there.

    Allow these officers to do their sworn jobs without LULAC or any hispanic unions to deter them.
    Been there.

    Allow our ICE field personnel to do their jobs with both hands in front of them.
    Been there.

    The only way to 100% assure the above comments to be applied in the field, is to get rid of all the Democrat politicians by voting them OUT. Any Democrat politician CANNOT EVER BE TRUSTED.

    Harsh words, but alas, they are true.

    Vote Conservative, and let our Constitution be followed 100%.

    Remember, this “Thin Blue Line” is always keeping you safe, including all the old retired officers, like myself.

  5. comment number 5 by: Bloviating Zeppelin

    You and I, people that read Fred’s blog and my blog, we just don’t matter. Those in power quite frankly couldn’t care one whit LESS about us.

    It has always been my contention that an insufficient number of judges, attorneys, CEOs, politicians, magistrates, county executives, aldermen, city council members, commissioners, senators, legislators, representatives and other officials get shot, stabbed, raped, sodomized, beaten, defrauded, cheated, victimized — or their families or loved ones.

    Primarily it is because they are insulated — and purposely so — by multiple levels of security, money, gates, gatekeepers, and by purposely written laws specifically excluding them from those strictures imposed upon the general electorate.

    I suppose that an insufficient number of drunken illegal aliens have killed member of the above groups or their families. Or perpetrated crimes upon their persons.

    Once again, my people, hear me:

    You simply don’t count.

    Your JOB is to pay taxes, put up, shut up, wear your blinders, open your mouth and take your pablum.

    Good little baby. Good little sheepie.


  6. comment number 6 by: NativeSon

    I have said the same thing (as your second paragraph) for a LONG time. I guess being out there on the streets gives one a different (better) perspective!
    Stay Safe, Brother!!! :)