According to an ICE news release issued in Phoenix, Arizona on April 27, 2012, personnel of HSI (Homeland Security Investigations, a division of ICE) were lauded by the Department of Justice for their dedicated work to assist crime victims in the Phoenix, Arizona area.
The fact that a federal agency has created a sub-agency within the ranks of its personnel to apparently do whatever is possible to minimize the use of the word “Immigration” where law enforcement at ICE is concerned, is an unusual situation all by itself! The FBI (Federal Bureau of Investigation) has a variety of mission including Foreign Counterintelligence (Spy hunters) to agents who are focused on a wide array of criminal investigations including civil rights investigations, fugitive investigations, terrorism investigations, etc. Yet all of the special agents of the FBI carry the same badges and credentials- they are simply identified as being members of the FBI. There are other federal law enforcement agencies that similarly pursue a wide variety of investigations and yet, they also identify themselves simply as being members of the DEA (Drug Enforcement Administration), BATF (Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco and Firearms or Secret Service.
Yet at ICE, a number of agents actually carry different badges and credentials and wear raid jackets that identify them as being members of HSI!
Here is the Homeland Security Investigations badge:
Here is the Immigration and Customs Enforcement badge:
This lunacy is costing our government quite a bit of money and appears to be all about re-branding the agency that has lead authority and responsibility to enforce our nation's immigration laws from within the interior of the United States- a goal that clearly does not show up on the radar scope of the current administration other than to attempt to create an illusion of enforcement.
Now, the Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano has repeatedly stated that the borders are secure and that there is no “Spillover Violence” in the United States from Mexico. However, the following quote that was issued by the folks at ICE who, incidentally, operate under the direction and purported leadership of Ms. Napolitano gives a different story:
"The United States Attorney's Office is deeply committed to seeking justice on behalf of crime victims and their families," said Ann Birmingham Scheel, acting U.S. attorney for the District of Arizona. "Our prosecutors and advocates work diligently with our law enforcement partners to ensure that crime victims and their families obtain the services and assistance they need to help them get through difficult and challenging times in their lives."
Cardenas, a special agent assigned to HSI Tucson, was lauded for her work as an HSI victim assistance coordinator, a position she has held since December 2009. In the course of her work, Cardenas has responded numerous times to human smuggling drop houses, hospitals and other locations to work with victims of violent crimes such as assault, sexual assault and hostage taking. Cardenas was noted in particular for her work providing assistance to unaccompanied children found in drop houses or rescued from human smugglers who were holding them for ransom. In these cases, she worked closely with agencies such as Arizona Child Protective Services, U.S. Department of Health and Human Services and the Mexican consulate to help reunite these children with their parents.
On February 23, 2012 Fox News Latino posted an op-ed I wrote that was entitled, Michael W. Cutler: Border Spillover Violence is a National Reality
Meanwhile, when the political leaders of the state of Arizona attempted to fill the vast void created by the myriad failures of the federal government to secure our nation's borders and enforce the immigration laws that at their foundation are intended to save American lives and jobs by enacting its own immigration law, SB 1070, the federal government acted swiftly- to sue the state in an effort to block the implementation of that law!
Simply stated, the Obama administration cannot have it both ways!