For the most Powerful Country in the World...
We sound pretty STUPID...
I'd like to be at the meeting where they
make up these STUPID names....
How about the concept of:
Securing the Borders... but that makes too much
New immigration strategy -- Deport yourself..
Agency allows immigrants here illegally to avoid raids, prison by turning selves in..
Scheduled to be unveiled next week, it was announced Sunday by Julie Myers, director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, in an interview with a Spanish-language television network.
Myers told the network that "Operation Scheduled Departure" will allow illegal immigrants without criminal records a chance to literally "self-deport" by turning themselves in to her agents.
PROPOSAL MET WITH SCORN
Immigrant advocates called it a laughable charade with little to no chance of succeeding without any carrots to offer self-deportees.
"It's pure fantasy," said Doug Rivlin, spokesman for the National Immigration Forum in Washington. "An attempt to entice people to sign away their rights and get out of the country as quickly as possible before even talking to a lawyer."
If people truly wanted to leave on their own, they'd buy their own bus or plane ticket home without checking in with ICE first, Rivlin said.
Ira Mehlman, spokesman for the Federation for American Immigration Reform, the country's largest anti-illegal-immigration lobby group based in Washington, said he'd have to concede that point.
The government would have to offer some kind of incentive to entice immigrants to sign up, such as telling them that by leaving voluntarily they would be allowed to apply to come back legally, Mehlman said.
The concept of nudging undocumented immigrants into leaving on their own is one his group has long advocated.
"It certainly makes sense to create conditions to make people understand that if they're here illegally, it's not going to benefit them to stick around," he said.
While it remains to be seen whether the idea works for ICE, another federal agency that came up with the idea three years ago claims it has worked well.
"Fugitive Safe Surrender" offers non-violent criminals with arrest warrants a chance to give themselves up to the U.S. Marshals Service instead of being hunted down. So far more than 16,000 have accepted the offer.
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