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ICE Tramples Over the Judicial System

by Jordan Arizmendi

ICE stands for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is a federal agency under the U.S. Department of Homeland Security. The ICE website proclaims that its “primary focus” is “securing our nation’s borders and safeguarding the integrity of our immigration system.” While such a proclamation is indeed noble, after Wired obtained ICE’s subpoena database through a FOIA request, one might ask exactly how ICE goes about fulfilling its mission.

Our system of government is supposed to contain a framework of checks and balances. One branch of the federal government often needs approval from another to get something done. As a result, no branch of the federal government possesses unfettered power to do whatever it wants. ICE, apparently, does have that power. According to the subpoena database, ICE skips the bothersome stage of waiting for the judicial system to issue a subpoena. Instead, it just issues its own.   


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