Immigration activists and members of the Latino community in Detroit are encouraging the resignation of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement director after an incident in which officers detained two undocumented immigrants who were dropping their children off at school.
Angry local residents marched four miles to President Barack Obama’s Detroit campaign office to protest the ICE officers’ alleged harassment and terror tactics in southwest Detroit’s heavy-populated Latino area, according to the Detroit Free Press. Protesters claim that ICE officers used racial profiling to question and detain Detroit residents without probable cause, and are calling for ICE Enforcement director Rebecca Adducci to step down from her leadership position.
In October 2011, John Morton, ICE national director, pledged that local agents would stop patrolling around schools and questioning residents who were picking up and dropping off their children. Although activists and concerned citizens believe that ICE’s broken promise could potentially have negative effects on young children, officials insist that they acted within protocol of pursuing a “priority target,” journalist Oralandar Brand-Williams wrote in a recent Detroit News article.
“After a thorough review of facts, the arrest of a priority target in the Detroit Metro area adhered to, and was in full compliance of, the stated policies and procedures of the agency,” Khaalid Walls, ICE spokesman, told Brand-Williams. “This includes U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement policy regarding enforcement actions at or near sensitive locations. ICE has adopted common-sense policies that ensure our immigration laws are enforced in a way that best enhances public safety, border security and the integrity of the immigration system.”
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