Still, the practical applications of the pursuit of
violators of criminal immigration law must be considered when putting a plan
into action. Supposed aggressive tendencies of prosecuting Homeland Security
agents and the sympathies of Mexican, Latin and Hispanic voters were all likely
influences on immigration law changes which went into effect last year that
affected ICE operation. These immigration law changes affected the Memorandums
of Agreement as they relate to the Immigration and Naturalization Act.
Concerning tangible changes to the practices of border agents and local law
enforcement as they enforce criminal immigration law, the Obama
administration’s immigration law changes required the prosecution of criminal
immigrants under due process of law, limited actions of deportation to major
offenders of criminal law and shone a spotlight on local police organizations.
These immigration law changes are subject to polarizing
debate that all too often neatly correlates with an individual’s overall
political outlook. The 2009 revisions to the Memorandums of Agreement that
impact the way criminal immigration law is enforced may have been an attempt at
bringing border patrols closer to the middle of the spectrum. Yet opponents of
Obama and this new policy would probably insist that these immigration law
changes are too liberal. By catching and releasing criminal aliens who have
violated the law, some civil liberties may be preserved, but there is a risk
that re-releases may endanger the safety and lives of legal citizens.