ICE investigative leaders failed to read field reports on flawed Fast and Furious op

The Hill:
The top House Democrat on homeland security criticized a division of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Friday for its role in the failed gun tracking operation, Fast and Furious, after a new report detailed the agency’s involvement.

At the urging of the Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms and Explosives (ATF), officials with ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations unit did not pursue leads on potential weapons smugglers, according to the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) inspector general report released on Friday.

The 84-page report also found that senior leaders in ICE’s investigative Arizona division failed to read the reports from agents in the field that identified the “flawed methodology” in the “Fast and Furious” operation, according to the report

Ranking Democrat on the House Homeland Security Committee Bennie Thompson (Miss.) said the report was “troubling.”

“The OIG’s conclusions about the lack of support or oversight by ICE leadership in Arizona of the ICE special agent involved in the operation are very troubling, as is the failure of ICE leadership in Arizona to report serious problems with the operation to ICE headquarters,” said Thompson in a statement.

There appears to be a failure of leadership at the highest levels of ICE in some locations.  Arizona appears to have a serious problem of staffing for both ICE and the ATF, not to mention the US attorney's office.  Now wonder local officials are so upset with Washington and the feds.


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