LITTLE ROCK, Ark. – Online Wednesday, CNN released findings that profile former ICE deportation officer Brent Oxley and his termination for forging supervisor signatures on arrest warrants for undocumented immigrants.
Oxley was based in Little Rock, according to the article.
In the article, Oxley tells CNN, he would look through jail rosters searching “for people who might be deportable” before doctoring an arrest warrant.
Oxley told CNN he wasn’t the only officer doing it.
“It’s very sad to see this happening here in Little Rock,” Rosa Velazquez says.
Velazquez is an immigrant who moved to the United States when she was 4. She now works as the Advocacy Director for Arkansas United, a coalition dedicated to empowering immigrants.
Velazquez says the CNN article proves ICE is doing things the wrong way.
“We can definitely attest that they are a rogue organization doing whatever they think they can and getting away with it,” Velazquez says.
She says the alleged ICE misconduct greatly affects the organization she works for.
“We’re gaining a little bit of trust, and stuff like this is definitely detrimental to our work.”
It’s an ugly revelation that Velazquez fears could be mirrored in other parts of the country.
In the article a spokesman for ICE, also known as Immigration Customs Enforcement, told CNN that ICE leaders are not aware of any widespread confusion or instances of improperly issued warrants.