Washington Times – House member criticizes ICE policy

A key House member Thursday morning challenged officials of the Department of Homeland Security for recently catching 28 “known, confirmed illegal immigrants using false documents” during a raid in Washington state and then awarding 24 of them with work permits.

“Questionable enforcement practices such as these send a decidedly mixed message and effectively put illegal immigrants at the front of the employment line,” said Rep. Hal Rogers, Kentucky Republican and ranking minority member of the House Appropriations subcommittee on homeland security.

The raid last month at a Yamato Engine plant in Bellingham, Wash., was conducted by Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers, and a review of the raid was ordered by Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano.