Being ICE means never having to say you’re sorry.

Sunday, August 19th, 2018
By: Jonathan MontagJ.D.

Suppose people come into your office telling the tale of Immigration and Customs Enforcement doing something off-the-wall illegal to deport someone. Now, you are quite shocked and think there must be some misunderstanding, so you run down to see the person who is in ICE custody and the story of gross illegality pans out. So you call and email ICE – all the numbers they give out and the email they give out. No one responds. So, then, you file a lawsuit to get them to stop. You ask the judge to stop any deportation and to order ICE to correct their mistakes. Two days later, the judge stops the deportation and orders the government to explain itself within three business days and schedules a hearing two days later. Then the government’s attorney, who after all these years he is a friend, emails three days later and says ICE is releasing the person and doing what you asked for, so please withdraw the lawsuit. You email back to say you will withdraw it and as a joke ask if after all the stress, confinement, and costs:

“Do we get an apology?”

The answer, from government attorney, who gets the joke:

“Ha.”

Joking aside, does anyone pay a price? A day’s suspension? Does anyone get a letter in his file? Extra training? An extra shift in the armory? Or do they get away with any mistake, small or large? Does anyone even have to say they’re sorry? Posted August 19, 2018.


 

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