Helping ICE Doesn’t Mean They Won’t Turn Around and Deport You Anyway

Thanks to RaceWire, where I found the following story: A Pakistani man had overstayed his visa when he was contacted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents who enlisted his help in gathering evidence against a paralegal filing false immigration claims. In exchange, they promised to help him stay in the country and possibly get a green card. The paralegal was eventually indicted, I’m sure in no small part due to his efforts. He then went on to help ICE agents gather information about terrorism-related activities at a local mosque. How does ICE repay him? Giving him false information about his deportation order and, now, readying itself to deport the man who had helped them.

Taken with recent revelations about law enforcement initiatives to place informants at American mosques, and the resulting betrayal of trust for the American Muslim community, this story shows the complicated relationships between national security, immigration and the American Muslim community. American Muslim organizations have repeatedly stated that it is important for law enforcement agencies to build relationships with the community in an open and honest manner. Moreover, the community is committed, like all other communities, to contributing to a strong and vibrant American society that affirms principles like religious freedom and equality before the law. To see someone who went out of their way to help ICE agents, no matter how questionable the activities, abandoned by the agency and facing deportation puts a human face to how this truly complicated system is failing people.

Read the whole story here.

Read the Islamic Circle of North America’s statement opposing FBI informants (you have to scroll down past the first statement).