Treatment of Immigrants by the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement
The Unites States of America Department of Homeland Security (DHS) has recently merged the operations of two of it’s branches creating the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The newly formed ICE, now the largest investigative branch of the DHS is composed of the former Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) and the former U.S. Customs Service has created the largest investigative branch of the DHS.
ICE’s Mission statement as quoted from their website states ‘Our mission is to protect America and uphold public safety. We fulfill this mission by identifying criminal activities and eliminating vulnerabilities that pose a threat to our nation’s borders, as well as enforcing economic, transportation and infrastructure security’ (www.ice.gov, 2007, About Us). With the INS no longer on the scene and ICE playing the both roles of the INS and the US Customs Service, ICE agents have been more assertive in their investigating and deportation of Illegal Citizens, and to some extent even terrorizing these people.
Media analyzed covering this ongoing topic come from the Atlanta Creative Loafing Editorial, and video coverage of a press conference held by the Minnesota Immigrant Rights Action Coalition. This past labor day weekend brought numerous raids to three South Georgia counties by ICE agents to round up illegal immigrants. “This unfortunate could not have been more unconstitutional ending in persons being arrested and detained simply because they ‘ looked Mexican’” (Sugg, 2006).]
Sugg starts his column with a gruesome description of someone with power speaking down to and degrading a family of hated victims. Though this was similar to the actual happenings of the following story, I thought this unnecessary and more a play on emotions trough the authors use of Pathos in his writing...