Friday, December 5, 2014

Lawsuit Exposes Relaxed Deportation Rules at DHS Against Criminal Aliens

The chairman of the House Judiciary Committee is demanding that the Department of Homeland Security answer questions raised by a new lawsuit, which claims DHS has pushed officials to avoid the deportation of criminal aliens who were convicted of low-level crimes.
That possibility was raised in a November lawsuit from Patricia Vroom, who has worked at DHS for 26 years. Vroom’s lawsuit said senior officials tried to push out employees who didn’t follow orders, raising questions about the unfair treatment of these employees, but also about whether DHS has decided to willfully ignore the law.
“Management’s conduct as described in the complaint was reprehensible,” Judiciary Chairman Bob Goodlatte (R-Va.) wrote in a letter to DHS Secretary Jeh Johnson. The letter also went to U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, whose Office of the Principal Legal Advisor (OPLA) has been implicated in the lawsuit.
“The extremely disturbing allegations raise serious questions about the fitness of OPLA management, and about the apparent lack of oversight of OPMA management by your office,” Goodlatte wrote.
According to Goodlatte’s letter, Vroom’s lawsuit at one point alleged that DHS told employees to “ignore the law they were sworn to uphold and routinely release and dismiss cases for entire classes of criminal aliens.” That includes drunk drivers, deferred action applicants, and illegal immigrants who tried to vote.
It said that Jim Stolley, a manager of Field Legal Operations within OPLA, said “We don’t give a s*%! about that, let it go,” when asked about removing aliens with drunk driving convictions.
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