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February 12, 2013

Federal immigration agents say they've been cut out of immigration talks

Federal immigration agents want a seat at the table during immigration talks.

Chris Crane, president of the union for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, sent a letter to President Obama Tuesday asking to join ongoing conversations the White House is holding concerning immigration legislation.

“These measures would have significant implications for interior immigration enforcement and I believe our officers — who risk their lives every day to secure the nation — have a crucial perspective to offer,” Crane wrote in the letter.

Crane is president of the 7,000 member National ICE Council. Crane was one of several agents who filed suit against the Obama administration over its policy to stop deportations on some young illegal immigrants. Crane said in his letter that the “agent morale has been devastated” by directives that prevent them from doing their jobs.


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