Worse, Morton justifies the Obama administration’s policy based on “the limited enforcement resources” that ICE supposedly has available. Of course, that didn’t prevent ICE from making plans to change the conditions at many of its detainee facilities at almost the same time as the June 30 memo. Internal ICE emails sent in May direct that changes be made within 30 days at nine detention facilities operated under contract to ICE by Corrections Corporation of America.
Those changes, which read like they were inspired by Martha Stewart, were proudly trumpeted to the Houston Chronicle by Beth Gibson, a senior counselor to Morton. They include the following:
– Soften the look for the facility with hanging plants, flower baskets, new paint color … wall graphics and framed pictures on the walls, and enhance the aesthetics of the living areas.
– Expand programming for detainees to include movie nights, bingo, arts and crafts, dance, walk and exercise classes, health and welfare classes, basic cooking classes, tutoring, and self-paced computer training on portable computer stations.
– Provide celebrations of special occasions and allow … a detainee to receive outside packaged food for celebrations.
– Provide fresh carrot sticks and celery or other vegetables in a bar format.
– Provide self-serve beverage bars.
– Offer water and tea in the housing area at all times.
– Provide a unit manager so detainees have someone available to talk to and to solve problems in the facility other than the immediate guard.
– Survey community-based immigration advocacy groups and immigration attorneys for suggestions that may improve communication and ease of access.
The email also directed an increase in legal supplies, postage for legal correspondence, and research resources at the law libraries; elimination of lockdowns and “pat down searches” of “noncriminals”; providing “non-penal clothing for detainees to wear”; email access and Internet-based free phone service; and “four hours or more … of recreation in a natural setting.”
All of this is in accord with another leaked memorandum from the Citizenship and Immigrations Services agency at DHS. That memorandum proposes that the administration circumvent existing immigration law and grant permanent residence to many illegal aliens, or allow aliens who should be deported to remain in the country by granting them “parole-in-place,” a euphemism for ignoring the law.
The bottom line here is pretty clear.
The political appointees who run the federal agency that is charged with enforcing our immigration laws and deporting illegal aliens like Carlos Montano are more interested in providing administrative amnesty and legal assistance to illegal aliens. They also care more about converting federal detention facilities to “an all-inclusive resort” as Tre Rebstock, president of the ICE union in Houston, told the Houston Chronicle.
ICE supposedly has only “limited enforcement resources” available. Yet it seems to have no problem spending its limited resources to provide illegal aliens with beverage bars and movie nights, hanging plants and flower baskets, portable computers and Internet access, and celebrations for special occasions — like perhaps successfully evading deportation and federal immigration laws?
Too bad that the numerous American citizens who have been killed, injured, robbed, and assaulted by illegal aliens, or who bear the enormous cost of public services extended to such aliens, won’t have access to the same types of facilities that they have paid for with their taxes.