Guam – Vice Speaker B.J. Cruz is accusing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] of disregarding current law on deporting aliens convicted of crimes. And he has written to Congresswoman Bordallo asking for her help to ensure the law is enforced.
While ICE has deported about a half-dozen aliens from Guam under Section 237, that process has high standards of proof, takes longer and is more costly. Senator Cruz wants ICE to enforce the deportation regulations in Section 214.7 of the Compacts of Free Association [COFA].
Senator Cruz says immigration authorities have deported about a half-dozen aliens from Guam under Section 237. But that process has high standards of proof , takes longer and is more costly. He and the Governor’s Chief Policy Advisor Arthur Clark want ICE to enforce the deportation regulations under Section 214 because it will reduce the COFA inmate population at DOC and save GovGuam thousands of dollars.
But during a conference call last Wednesday the Vice Speaker says ICE officials told him and Clark they won’t enforce the provisions of Section 214.7 because their legal staff believe that section is a “waste of litigation resources.”
However, Senator Cruz says Immigration attorneys also acknowledged that they have never brought a deportation action under 214.7, “and as such, are relying only on their individual experience and personal judgement to deem this provision unenforceable before the courts.”
Senator Cruz he has written to Congresswoman Bordallo asking for her help to ensure Section 214 is enforced.