View Full Version : ICE Official: Work-Site Arrests of Illegal Aliens ‘Down From Previous Years’

02-04-2010, 10:06 AM
Wednesday, February 03, 2010
By Penny Starr, Senior Staff Writer

(CNSNews.com) – A top official in the Obama administration’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency said that the move away from work-site raids has reduced the number of illegal aliens who have been arrested and led to the release of many of those who had been detained.

David Venturella, acting director of the Office of Detention and Removal Operations with ICE, which is a part of the Department of Homeland Security, made the remarks at an event at the Urban Institute in Washington, D.C., on Tuesday.

“I think there have been very few operations that have generated arrests of undocumented workers,” Venturella said at the event, which was held to mark the release of an Urban Institute report on the children of illegal aliens who are arrested for being in the country illegally, including some sought for criminal violations. “And in most cases, even though they were small scale, we follow our administrative guidelines on how to deal with individuals once they are arrested and placed in our custody.”

“And in many of those instances, they were released or placed on some form of alternative detention,” Venturella said. “So we will continue to proceed that way, at least under this administration.”

Venturella, who also worked for the DHS during the Bush administration as director of ICE’s Secure Communities program, told the group assembled at the institute that ICE has changed since President Barack Obama took office.

“From an agency perspective, I think you’ve seen a number of changes since the new administration has been seated, in particular for work-site enforcement,” Venturella said.

CONTINUED (http://www.cnsnews.com/news/article/60925)

02-04-2010, 10:06 AM
well color me shocked! :rolleyes: