With great thanks to Jan Ting, writing for newsworks.com, here are excerpts from his story about an Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) lawyer, who made the mistake of trying to work more within the law than the Obama administration could tolerate…..and what it cost taxpayers:
Patricia M. Vroom is the top attorney for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency in Arizona. When the Obama administration initiated its unilateral policy of “prosecutorial discretion”, allowing illegal immigrants to remain in the U.S. as long they have not yet been convicted of a serious felony crime, they found attorney Vroom too slow in authorizing the release of illegal aliens who had committed crimes in the U.S. but did not yet meet the administration\’s high threshold for seeking deportation of such undocumented aliens.
Attorney Vroom reported being bullied and harassed by officials in Washington when she raised concerns about the application of the Obama administration\’s prosecutorial discretion policy. She said that Obama administration officials lowered her annual performance rating for moving too cautiously to authorize the release of undocumented aliens with criminal records. She sued the Department of Homeland Security, of which ICE is a part, for age and sex discrimination.
The Department has agreed to pay attorney Vroom $400,000 taxpayer dollars to end her lawsuit. The Department has also agreed to upgrade her annual performance rating to “achieved excellence”.
This was reported by New York Times reporter Julia Preston, whose beat includes immigration. Her story was published as a single paragraph in the “National Briefing” feature at the bottom of page A13 of the print edition of the Times on Saturday, August 29, 2015.
There you go. Other than what you just read – and its link to a one-paragraph “story” in the Times – have you seen or heard about it anywhere else? I\’m betting the answer is no.
I talk a lot about media bias in here. This is why.