ICE Agent faces suspension for arresting illegal immigrant
ICE union president Chris Crane explains
- Duration 3:47
- Date Aug 6, 2012
ICE union president Chris Crane explains
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New reaction this hour to a story we first brought to last week an immigration and customs enforcement agent under fire.
After he rested an illegal immigrants with a string of traffic violations.
But says the suspect was not considered a priority under the Obama administration's new immigration policies.
He was told -- had to let the suspect go.
The agent refused he was fighting back and now he is facing possible suspension.
Chris crane is the I union president he says his agents are coming under fire for simply trying to do their job.
Chris thank you so much for joining us can you tell us anything more about this specific case that we're talking about.
Yes Shannon basically our officers were sitting on a vehicle you know conducting surveillance of -- vehicle that was registered to a criminal.
When someone came out of that vehicle and I proceeded to get in a vehicle drive the way they detained the subject question and took them back to the office.
Ran fingerprints found out that the individual did have an extensive.
You know bad driving background I guess if you will 1010 violations one being driving without a driver's license.
And you know the officers made the determination that they were placing individual and immigration proceedings.
And let the immigration judge.
Make that determination as to whether or not that individual would stay in the United States and and that is our role -- law enforcement officers.
To let the judges sorted out.
And from what I understand.
You mentioned -- -- traffic violations including driving without a license I mean there were the significant times this person crossed paths with one forced them before.
July 19 and this agent got a notice of proposed suspension that says he failed policy for rise very instructions.
And arrested somebody with a non priority basically under this administration.
You know we try to talk to -- about this it won't comment about as specific case but they will say that somebody can be suspended for refusing to Obey directions.
Is that basically where this agent now finds himself.
I guess so Shannon but you know I think the bottom line is what what we can't forget.
As regardless of the policies -- the administration has in place.
The laws still stand on the books and we have a sworn oath -- law enforcement officers to enforce those laws and that's what this officer was doing.
And you know I think from our perspective.
The president of the United States this administration Janet Napolitano.
Is asking if not forcing our officers.
To Obey unlawful orders and if we don't Obey those a lawful orders we will lose our jobs they'll take our jobs away from us.
Take away our abilities to provide for families just because we're out they're trying to do our job.
Has the administration given enough direction are you saying you've got the direction but what you're being asked to do.
Is you consider -- in violation of current law does the directive does the guidance from.
A cabinet member or from the present at the White House not override those laws are you guys stuck in between at this point.
Well we're actually stuck in between.
I can't necessarily answer the question about whether or not the president's executive orders were policies overrides law.
I don't believe that they do but we are absolutely.
Caught in the middle of this struggle.
And you know I don't think anyone in.
Al -- believes that this is anything other than election year politics.
There's been no real effort to put out any real guidance for training on any of these policies.
And I I honestly don't think the people that wrote those policies even thoroughly understand the implications and impact.
That it has in the field for officers as well as public safety.
This is a big failure.
And I think that the Obama administration gets an F.
On at least for implementation on these new policies.
Chris -- we know a lot of the men and women that you are representing are out there risking their lives every day we thank you and them for their hard work thank you sir.
Thank you --