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"In the past few months, I've heard from about a dozen immigration
attorneys who have likewise tried to use the Morton memo to spring
clients and likewise struck out. As illogical as it sounds, ICE field
agents whose job it is to apprehend folks who break the rules for
entering the United States seem to be themselves breaking a set of rules
laid out by their supervisor. I have three theories as to what's going on here: The memorandum was
written by Morton, or people above him, in a deliberately vague manner
to allow local agents to skirt it and continue to rack up deportations;
there is massive insubordination within ICE at the local level; or this
was a political stunt intended to con Latinos into thinking the Obama
administration is being more compassionate and lenient in deportations
when really nothing has changed. ... Write this down: The Morton memo isn't worth the paper it's written
on. Latinos shouldn't be fooled into thinking otherwise, and neither
should anyone else."
Ruben Navarrette Jr., Oct. 7, 2011