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"The federal agency in charge of deportations is conducting a far-reaching training course to push immigration enforcement officers and prosecutors nationwide to focus their efforts on removing immigrants convicted of crimes. The training course is the clearest sign yet that administration
officials want to transform the way immigration officers work, asking
them to make nuanced decisions to speed deportations of high-risk
offenders while halting those of illegal immigrants with clean records
and strong ties to the country. The policy is President Obama’s most
ambitious immigration initiative before the November elections, senior
administration officials said. But in a new sign of the deep dissension over immigration, the union
representing some 7,000 deportation officers of the agency, Immigration and Customs Enforcement,
known as ICE, has so far not allowed its members to participate in the
training. Without the formal assent of the union, the administration’s
strategy could be significantly slowed for months in labor negotiations." - Julia Preston, New York Times, Jan. 8, 2012.