ICE Agent Tells Mark Levin: Obama ‘Inflating’ Deportation Numbers, La Raza ‘Running Our Agency’

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Chris Crane, president of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers union, spoke to radio host Mark Levin, and unleashed two bombshells that should outrage all Americans.

First, that Obama is “cooking the books” on his so-called “record” deportation numbers – inflating them by up to 50%, by Crane’s estimate.

And perhaps most shocking, Crane revealed that the race-baiting pressure group La Raza is effectively “running” ICE – forcing agents to stop enforcing the law against illegal aliens nationwide. 

Crane revealed these stunning facts to a disgusted Levin on his radio show Thursday night (audio below).

Crane is suing his own bosses at the Department of Homeland Security (DHS) in a landmark case, Crane v. Napolitano, to try and halt the Administration’s orders to ICE agents to stop enforcement of Federal immigration laws.

On April 24, Crane – who represents 7,200 agents nationwide – won a stunning initial court victory in his lawsuit against the Obama Administration.  As SWA reported at the time, Federal Judge Federal Judge Reed O’Connor told DHS that they had no power to refuse to deport illegal aliens, and that he was likely to strike down Obama’s virtual “DACA” amnesty for millions of illegal aliens. The ruling shocked the Washington establishment, and Crane’s lawsuit (you can donate here) could derail Obama’s four-year effort to undermine immigration enforcement nationwide.

Crane explained to Levin how President Obama and Secretary of Homeland Security Janet Napolitano have, since the administration’s start, “attempted to shut down” border enforcement and “absolutely” tied law enforcement’s hands.

For example, Crane explained that ICE agents are not allowed (despite express authority from Congress) to arrest an individual they suspect to be an illegal alien, an illegal alien gang member, or illegal alien criminal. Instead, they are reportedly under orders to wait until the individual commits a crime, is arrested by another law enforcement agency (such as local police), jailed, and only then may an immigration agent speak with the individual.

Additionally, the deportation process can only begin if the individual has been convicted of three or more criminal offenses.

Despite the Obama Administration’s claims of robust border enforcement and record-high ICE deportation numbers, Crane noted how the administration actually cooks the books and inflates deportation numbers. Data that Crane obtained demonstrates that, since 2008, ICE arrests and deportations “have plummeted.”

Crane explained how it works: Border Patrol (a separate agency from ICE) makes an arrest on the border, but instead of handling the deportation itself, Border Patrol hands the detainee over to ICE to deport the individual, thereby inflating the number of ICE deportations. Crane described it as a “shell game” that allows what would normally be a mere “turn-back” to be counted as a formal “deportation,” thus inflating the deportation statistics.

Crane’s claims are fully backed up by official ICE documents that were revealed as a result of his lawsuit against DHS.

Crane also noted that he has received “no response at all” to his requests for meetings with three Republican “Gang of 8” senators: Jeff Flake (R-AZ), John McCain (R-AZ), and Lindsey Graham (R-SC) – in order to provide the input of law enforcement to their immigration bill.

When Levin remarked that these senators nonetheless have had time to meet with the National Council of La Raza, Crane claimed: “Those groups are now running our agency… That’s why we’re not arresting people, that’s why we can’t do our jobs – it’s because they’re basically embedded in running our agency.”

A “disgusted” Levin called the information “stunning” and noted: “How in the hell are we supposed to get behind any so-called immigration bill when you just heard what Chris Crane had to say?… Folks! All hands on deck! Now’s the time to fight this!”

The pressure on the former Marine Crane and his agents for taking on their own bosses, and the massive establishment machine pushing amnesty must be immense. We salute their courage and will do everything we can to help them prevail.

Below is the audio of the shocking radio interview…


About John Hill

John Hill is the Executive Director of Stand With Arizona, one of the nation's largest organizations opposing illegal immigration and amnesty. SWA's members have been instrumental in passing legislation in states and counties around the U.S., and blocking the DREAM Act in 2010. Join us!

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