Wednesday, January 25, 2006

ICE Guard Stole Immigrant Detainee's Money For Five Years

According to the Detroit Free Press, from 2000 to 2004, then-ICE officer Patrick Wynne stole approximately $300,000 from around 479 immigration detainees while he was supposed to be safeguarding their belongings while they were being detained during their deportation hearings. He worked at Monroe County jail, which is not surprising because ICE often houses immigration detainees in county prisons. Immigration detainees are not being imprisoned for crimes. They are just violators of civil rules, but ICE will detain many of them in the same prisons where criminals are jailed.

It is not surprising that the ICE officer said he did not see any of the detainees as a person, an individual, or a particular face. Instead, he remained distant and just saw them as bodies, detainees, and traffic. The government will try to return the property and money to the detainees, many of whom now are in Africa, Asia, Central America, and Europe.


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