UC pushed to break legal ground by hiring immigrant students without work permits — as part of its “HIV and Human Trafficking Policy” — undercuts Trump’s assertion on the campaign trail that immigrants who receive government aid would be denied welfare.
The report, according to which the New York Times has not identified the sources, found that ICE officers were being trained in how “to identify and report on individuals who may be exploited by individuals offering financial services such as sex work.”
The Times reported that officers with the agency were encouraged to report sex trafficking to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officials, a practice that may have had an impact on the agency’s approach to the issue.
The Times also reported that the administration was pushing for a “revolving door” policy, where new agents would be in place after ICE’s previous staffers finished their training.
Trump said the report showed that the Obama administration was “routinely turning away” immigrants who received citizenship.
But in a statement given to the Times, ICE Spokeswoman Michellehematically said: “ICE’s policy is clear and consistent — ICE officers: Do not make judgments or determinations based on race, national origin, or ethnicity.
“It is unacceptable and a breach of our policies to use or permit law enforcement to use race, national origin, or ethnicity as a factor in determining whether or not to enforce immigration laws.”
Drew Hammill, a spokesman for the White House’s Office of Management and Budget, said the administration’s anti-immigrant plan would be rolled out “as soon as possible.”
“The plan outlined in this report is not a comprehensive immigration solution, but rather a step in the process of implementing a plan that will focus on serious crimes,” Hammill said.
He added that the plan, if enacted, would not “address the overall citizenship question as it relates to immigration law.”
The policy was announced by Trump with a tweet that was followed by a press conference in which he vowed to “focus on the dangers of illegal immigration.”