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Yesterday, we held a protest for three of our detained clients who face imminent removal. The story garnered significant press coverage on Telemundo’s “Al Rojo Vivo” and on New York Telemundo’s “Noticiero” program.

Why? Because none of the three immigrants who face removal have a criminal past and the families of these immigrants would be destroyed by the deportation of their loved ones.

ICE headquarters’ response to the press inquiry on behalf of our clients is a public admission by the Obama administration that destroying immigrant families is a priority:

“U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement’s (ICE) targets illegal aliens based on our stated immigration enforcement priorities. Werner Arreaga Garcia, Oscar Jimenez and Juan Marcelino are enforcement priorities for the agency.

“ICE is focused on smart and effective immigration enforcement that prioritizes the removal of convicted criminal aliens, immigration fugitives, recent border crossers and repeat immigration law violators. The following three individuals fall into these priority categories:

*Garcia was ordered deported by a federal immigration judge with the Executive Office for Immigration Review (EOIR) July 8, 2002. ICE effectuated the removal July 22, 2002. Garcia returned to the United States unlawfully. Garcia, being a repeat immigration law violator, is a priority for removal by ICE.

*Jimenez is an immigration fugitive, a priority for removal by ICE. Jimenez was ordered removed from the United States by a federal immigration judge Sept. 20, 2005, and failed to comply with the order of the federal immigration judge.

*Marcelino is an immigration fugitive, a priority for removal by ICE. Marcelino was most recently encountered by ICE after being arrested on a felony criminal charge. Marcelino was granted voluntary departure, and was required to leave the United States by July 7, 2003. He failed to comply with the judge’s orders.

“Over the past four years, ICE has dramatically changed the way it conducts immigration enforcement. ICE implemented clear priorities, enhanced the use of prosecutorial discretion, and implemented a sustained focus on the identification and removal of criminal aliens and other priority individuals.”

John Morton: “No comment on high ranking officer sexually preying on children while working for ICE.”

John Morton: “Public relations is more important than protecting the public from child sex predators.”

According to USA today: “A former top U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement official in Florida has been sentenced to 70 months in prison on a federal child pornography charge.”

The official, Anthony Mangione,  ran ICE’s South Florida operations from 2007 to 2011, including numerous child pornography investigations.

Mangione was guilty of the same crimes he was investigating. The irony of this is apparent in a search of ICE’s news releases, where Antony Mangione is mentioned and quoted numerous times in the investigation of child sex cases:

Here are some examples:

Too many children are victimized by predators that target the most vulnerable among us – our children,” said Anthony V. Mangione.

“Wellington man sentenced to 15 years of prison for possession and production of child porn and sexually enticing minors.”

“Today’s sentencing sends a strong message that ICE agents will continue to police cyberspace to investigate and bring to justice those who sexually exploit the most vulnerable segment of our society, our children,” said Anthony V. Mangione, special agent in charge of ICE’s Office of Investigations in Miami. “ICE relentlessly pursues predators who sexually abuse children, whether that abuse is physical or whether it is accomplished by exploiting their images.”

“Pensacola man arrested for enticing a child to engage in sexual activity.” The announcement was made today by…Anthony V. Mangione…

The operation, which began last week and culminated yesterday, yielded the arrests of criminals with egregious backgrounds including lewd & lascivious molestation on a minor; aggravated child abuse…

ICE will continue utilizing its unique immigration authorities to identify and arrest those who present a threat to our community,” said Anthony V. Mangione, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Miami…

New DHS enforcement team leads to arrest of convicted sexual predator who returned to the U.S. after being deported.

“This week’s arrest of a sexual predator exemplifies the ICE-CBP Mobile Enforcement Team’s mission to have a DHS united front in protecting public safety here in Florda.” said Anthony V. Mangione.

ICE Special Agent in Charge in Miami Anthony V. Mangione said, “This case reveals the disturbing truth that some adults will go to great lengths to travel outside the United States to try to evade law enforcement and sexually exploit minors. ICE is committed to apprehending and presenting for prosecution cases that victimize our children. ICE will continue working with foreign law enforcement authorities to ensure that those who try to hurt children are identified, arrested and brought to justice.”

Fort Lauderdale Pine Crest school swim coach arrested and charged with child pornography.”

ICE will continue to use all law enforcement tools including advanced computer forensics to investigate these types of crimes,” said Anthony V. Mangione, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations in Miami. ICE will not tolerate the sexual exploitation of children and will identify and arrest child predators that are a threat to our communities.”

“Two child sex predators sentenced between 17 1/2 and 30 years in prison.”

We are committed to identifying, locating, and ultimately arresting these child predators that are a threat to our communities,” said Anthony Mangione, special agent in charge of the ICE Office of Investigations. “ICE will continue to join law enforcement agencies around the world to fight child exploitation crimes over the Internet.”

ICE’s news releases do not mention that their own high-ranking officer was sexually exploiting children. In fact, it was the FBI–not ICE–who arrested Mangione. How long would Mangione have gone undetected and potentially compromising major criminal investigations into child pornography and sexual abuse if it were not for the FBI?

Usually quick to brag about their own high profile arrests of egregious criminal aliens, ICE’s director John Morton had nothing to say about how his own employee was a danger to the public for almost two years under his watch, stating that: “his agency cooperated fully with the investigation, but he declined to comment further.”

There should be a congressional investigation into this, not a “no comment.”

Did Mangione have contacts with any child pornography rings? Was there a lack of oversight within ICE’s hierarchy? Given the great importance of protecting children from sexual exploitation, did ICE routinely screen its own employees to ensure that they were not the exploiters? Why not make computer searches a condition to employment in investigating child pornography? These are but a few questions of the many that should be asked given such a big scandal.

Yet all that we have is a “no comment.”