- The Washington Times
Thursday, February 14, 2013

A law aimed at preventing immigrants from becoming dependent on government assistance is not enforced, said one U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agent.

In a Wednesday conference call, Chris Crane, an ICE agent and the president of the union for ICE agents, referred to the Immigration and Nationality Act’s provision that is aimed at keeping new immigrants from draining the nation’s public assistance coffers, The Daily Caller reported.

“It is certainly part of what we are supposed to be doing. It is definitely a federal statute within the [Immigration and Nationality Act]. However, I will say this: that in my career, I have never seen or heard of the charge being applied in any case to anyone,” he said, according to The Daily Caller.

Mr. Crane also said morale at the agency is “at an all-time low, as criminals are released in the streets,” he said, during congressional testimony reported on Fox News.

Mr. Crane’s union has sued Department of Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano, ICE Director John Morton and U.S. Customs and Immigration Services Director Alejandro Mayorkas over the administration’s immigration policy, The Daily Caller reports.

• Cheryl K. Chumley can be reached at cchumley@washingtontimes.com.

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