UpDate: Letter from Senator Reid

On February 4, 2009, I posted "Immigration: Criminals and Terrorism Suspects?". And in doing so, shortly thereafter, I contacted Senator Reid’s Office, with the express purpose for finding out what Senator Lieberman, as Chairman, and for the purpose of ‘oversight’ in keeping with his responsibilities and duties required for Homeland Security, and to be followed by what the new Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, given her newness in the position, were going to do relative to immigration. And in doing so, I made the statement that whatever was received by way of a response from Senator Reid’s office, I would post this response in its entirety, and as such, his response has been received and posted accordingly.

Dear Mr. ____________________ [Chicano Veterans Organization]

Thank you for contacting me with your concerns. I appreciate hearing from you.

I appreciate your concern about the manner in which U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has conducted worksite raids and other enforcement actions. While ICE must enforce our immigration laws, ICE also has the responsibility to exercise this authority in ways that are effective, humane, and minimize potential disruption to American communities and vulnerable populations. ICE officials must conduct themselves in a manner consistent with the Constitution, our laws, and our great American tradition of treating all people–regardless of race or national origin–with respect and humanity.

You may be pleased to know that Secretary of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, has asked that the Department review the conduct and policy regarding worksite raids. Please be assured that I will keep your thoughts in mind as this review takes place or if any related matters come before the full Senate.

Again, thank you for your taking the time to share your thoughts with me. For more information about my work for Nevada, my roles in the United States Leadership, or to subscribe to regular e-mail updates on the issues that interest you, please visit my web site http://reid,senate.gov. I look forward to hearing from you in the near future. My best wishes to you.

Harry Reid
United States Senate
February 13, 2009

And now that I have received Senator Reid’s response, I will begin working on former Governor Janet Napoliltano of Arizona, to request that she provide the "overview" of her anticipated Review, given that this document should spell out the ‘particulars’ or emphasis of this review. And furthermore, is any advisory body, either providing input or for looking over her shoulder to insure and assure our Spanish-speaking communities that ‘due diligence’ relative to our concerns, are being considered and acted on?

And of course, my thanks to Senator Reid’s staff for this assistance.

Jaango–posted on February 17, 2008