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ICE emails present how company chief halted deportation after ‘Abolish ICE’ activist’s request

EXCLUSIVE: Inside emails from the highest ranges of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), obtained by Fox Information, present how the performing head of the company granted a short lived keep of deportation earlier this 12 months for an unlawful immigrant with a legal document – following a request from a left-wing immigration activist made earlier the identical day.

The emails, obtained by “Tucker Carlson Tonight,” confirmed how a request made by the activist, who beforehand has referred to as for the abolition of ICE, rapidly discovered its solution to the inbox of performing ICE Director Tae Johnson and resulted in a request to halt the deportation for 14 days.

Tania Mattos, a coverage director at Freedom for Immigrants with a historical past of activism associated to immigration, and whose personal profile has described her as a former recipient of the Deferred Motion for Childhood Arrivals (DACA) program, wrote to Angela Kelley, a senior immigration counselor on the Division of Homeland Safety on June 7, interesting for a keep of deportation for Marvin Jerezano-Peña, who she stated was in ICE detention and scheduled to be deported.


Mattos has been a supporter of the “Abolish ICE” motion, which seeks to scrap immigration detention. In 2020, she tweeted that she was “unapologetically #AbolishDetention #AbolishICE #AbolishPrisons.” She didn’t reply to Fox Information’ request for remark.

“We’re searching for a keep of elimination from ICE and everlasting launch,” she wrote to Kelley.

Mattos claimed Peña shouldn’t be a precedence for deportation below new ICE pointers, citing his standing as a former DACA recipient married to a U.S. citizen with a 2-year-old son. She stated his case served as “an instance of what number of immigrants who work together with the legal justice system are separated from their households unfairly,” requesting assist in stopping his deportation.

Acting ICE Director Tae Johnson.

Performing ICE Director Tae Johnson. (ICE)

Kelley rapidly forwarded the e-mail as a “time delicate matter” to ICE chief of employees Timothy Perry, who promptly requested a report on the topic. Hours later, officers despatched again the report, which included a string of arrests and convictions in New Jersey. 


In 2015, he was arrested for “theft and easy assault” earlier than being convicted the next 12 months of knowingly receiving stolen property. In 2019, he was arrested for violation of parole and a failure to report. Different arrests had been for drug possession. A decide ordered his deportation to Mexico in 2020, and an attraction was unsuccessful, in response to the report.

Minutes after Perry obtained the report, the chief of employees emailed the document to Johnson, noting he had “talked about this on our name earlier.”

Later that very same day, Johnson emailed numerous officers asking: “Can we grant a 14 day keep of elimination on this case to offer time to collect further particulars.”

“Will do,” responded Performing Government Affiliate Director of ICE’s Enforcement and Elimination Operations (ERO) Corey Worth.

In response to questions in regards to the emails by Fox Information, ICE stated officers “conduct custody opinions of noncitizens in detention in accordance with U.S. legislation and Division of Homeland Safety (DHS) civil immigration enforcement priorities.”   

A spokesperson continued, “As knowledgeable legislation enforcement company, ICE has at all times thought of requests, views and opinions from all stakeholders. ICE routinely works alongside native legislation enforcement businesses, neighborhood organizations, non-governmental organizations and different stakeholders to hold out its mission of security and safety.”

ICE later confirmed to Fox Information that Peña has remained within the nation, housed at a detention facility in New York. 

“Jerezano-Peña is a former DACA recipient, however was denied renewal of this program in 2015 as a consequence of his earlier legal conviction historical past,” the company reported. “His legal historical past consists of quite a few convictions for medication, DUI and visitors offenses, relationship to 2012, together with a number of felony convictions in December 2017 for medication and stolen property.”

The transfer by ICE marked an indication of how drastically the company’s priorities have shifted since this previous January. In February, in response to broader DHS pointers, ICE issued new enforcement priorities for brokers. That steerage advised ICE officers to give attention to three classes of immigrants: those that posed a risk to nationwide safety; those that have crossed the border since Nov. 1, and those that dedicated “aggravated felonies.”

Officers stated the steerage didn’t explicitly forestall anybody from being arrested or deported. As a substitute, it might direct sources at sure targets. Nevertheless, area officers searching for to arrest somebody exterior of these three classes would want approval from their chain of command.

“By focusing our restricted sources on circumstances that current threats to nationwide safety, border safety, and public security, our company will extra ably and successfully execute its legislation enforcement mission,” Johnson stated in February.

Nevertheless, whereas ICE has sought to current that steerage as a narrowing of priorities, critics, together with Republicans and former ICE officers, have stated that the result’s that criminals are being launched again onto the streets, and there are fewer arrests and deportations.

Thomas Feeley, a former director of New York ICE removals, advised “Tucker Carlson Tonight” final week he personally encountered the hassle to launch unlawful immigrants again into the U.S.


“I had a case who the man was a convicted arsonist and so they referred to as me and stated, ‘Hey, Mr. Feeley. One in all our standards is that if the man hasn’t been arrested up to now 10 years we have to allow them to go and we’d such as you to launch them.’ And I stated, ‘I completely get what you’re saying, however… he’s been in jail for 12 years. That’s why he hasn’t been arrested.’ And the reply I acquired was, ‘We don’t actually care,'” he stated. 

“And I needed to lower him free.”


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