Enforcement and Removal Priorities: Albanian mother of Three to Be Deported
For those of you who say these people are criminals or that “illegal is illegal,” I have two responses. First, being in the United States without status is an administrative violation. It is not a criminal offense. Second, every law enforcement department has to decide where to allocate resources. This applies in every context and especially immigration law. ICE deporting people with families and no criminal records is akin to your local police department focusing on arresting jaywalkers instead of murderers and rapists. It is not only cruel, but it doesn’t make sense in any way.
I hope ICE will improve its compliance with its own policies on removal priorities. It breaks my heart every time I hear a story like this, and it undermines the efficiency of our nation’s immigration enforcement system.
You can read more about the woman’s case from the Detroit Free Press.