ICE refuses to release records, inciting wrath of TRAC

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According to TRAC, Immigrations and Customs Enforcement(ICE) is illegally refusing to release data about how the agency is enforcing the immigration laws.

In an language more commonly found in the blogosphere and mainstream media, TRAC–which describes itself as a source for comprehensive, independent, and nonpartisan information about federal enforcement, staffing, and spending–attacks the phenomena of Obama’s false promises:

One of President Obama’s first actions when he came to office was to declare his administration’s commitment “to creating an unprecedented level of openness in Government. We will work together to ensure the public trust and establish a system of transparency, public participation, and collaboration. Openness will strengthen our democracy and promote efficiency and effectiveness in Government.”

As can be seen from ICE’s letter to TRAC, ICE, without any explanation, said that half of the data TRAC requested was simply unavailable.

If one reads the exchange of letters, one will see that TRAC is in all likelihood correct in its allegations.

The most serious allegation in TRAC’s letter came here:

These categories[Data] were all previously made publicly available while now–in the lead-up to the November elections–are suddenly deemed “unavailable”.

The implications of why ICE may be refusing to release important data–such the detention center where alien was last detained, or if still detained, the current detention center–are deeply troubling.

Is there evidence amongst the withheld data of ICE criminality? Of incompetence? Of abuse of immigrants? This all needs to be known as soon as possible. Obama and the democrats  need to be held accountable for their actions, especially in light of the impending November elections.

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