Federal Agents Plan to Arrest Non-Fugitive Illegal Aliens
August 20, 2009Customs chief says ICE teams will target those who ignore deportation orders but they won't overlook others.
John Morton spoke to reporters Wednesday in San Diego about ICE's fugitive operations -- a program that grew sharply during the Bush administration. The effort has riled immigrant advocates who say tactics have been heavy-handed and complain that people who got arrested often aren't the targets.
Morton says ICE teams will target those who ignored deportation orders -- especially those who committed crimes in the United States -- but that they won't overlook others.
Earlier this week, Morton said the ICE teams are no longer working under arrest quotas.
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