Tuesday, August 5, 2008

Scheduled Departure Takes Flight

The United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement began a pilot program called Operation Scheduled Departure on Tuesday that allows some illegal immigrants to come forward and schedule their own deportation. The Program, which will run until Aug 22, will be active in five cities:
  • Charlotte, North Carolina
  • Chicago, Illinois
  • Santa Ana, California (Los Angeles area)
  • Phoenix, Arizona
  • San Diego, California
People who register for “Operation Scheduled Departure” will have 90 days to get their affairs in order before leaving. They won't be taken into custody, but may have to check in regularly with immigration officials or be monitored in some other way.

While ICE is stating the program is a direct response to complaints of abuses in the accelerated raid programs which have in recent months been breaking down doors and arresting even parents in predawn raids, leaving children to fend with CPS, the real message they are sending is clear: Leave now, right now, while you can, or things will become very hard for you indeed.

I would imagine there will be a short lull after the end of the nearly month long program end while ICE analyzes its results and reformulates its overall strategy in what may well be the active enforcement and removal portion of Operation Endgame, the The DRO strategic plan which in 2004 set in motion a cohesive enforcement program with a ten-year time horizon that will build the capacity to “remove all removable aliens”

While im uncertain whether it would be a good idea for someone concerned for their families welfare to report to one of these 5 locations, I will note that they do forbid cameras to be brought with you, and as we all know, a camera may well be the most effective tool you can have.

In the coming months, though, I will suggest you watch the skies, so to speak, and wonder:
Whatever Happened to Never Again?

Quis custodiet ipsos custodes?

1 comment:

Jay21 said...

OK i know "do not get on the train", do buses count?