The Isenberg Center for Immigration Empowerment (ICIE) conducted a demonstration at the headquarters of ICE/ISAP-BI on June 11, 2012 to protest United States Citizen Children having to endure the pain and suffering that goes with one of their parents having to wear an ankle monitor. Over 30 children aging in age from 2 years old to 18 years old took part in the two hour demonstration. The children were accompanied by over 20 adults that either were wearing monitors or had been wearing monitors.
The demonstration was peaceful and the children were given summer play toys to take home with them in hopes that those parents wearing monitors would be able to take the children to either the beach or pool in the near future. ICIE founder, Ralph Isenberg said, “ICE has no idea of the pain they cause these children. We hear stories of children taking knives and trying to cut the monitors off their parent while they are sleeping”.
None of the parents ICIE is working with are considered flight risks or threats to society ICIE reports. In addition the overwhelming majority of the parents have no criminal record and the monitors are being used to force the parents to accomplish tasks like signing over custody of their children against their will. According to the contract signed in Washington ,the ISAP Program is about making sure foreign nationals show up for Immigration Court and do not run if they are under a final order of deportation.
ICIE is calling upon the Office of Inspector General/Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Bureau of Investigation/ Department of Justice to investigate wrongdoing by ICE and BI Incorporated.