ICE thrust into spotlight as immigration reform debate rages

Tuesday - 6/1/2010, 4:48pm EDT

Tom Shoop, editor-in-chief, GovExec

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Arizona has been at the epicenter of the immigration reform debate since passing a law that allows a police officer engaged in a "lawful stop, detention or arrest" to ask about a person's legal status when "reasonable suspicion exists" that the person is in the U.S. Illegally.

Some say the law doesn't go far enough. Others think it is inherently racist.

Regardless of the emotions involved, Immigration and Customs Enforcement has been part of the focus of the debate -- and their chief enforcer, John Morton, has been thrust into the spotlight.

Tom Shoop is editor-in-chief of GovExec. His publication has been following the story and recently published an article about the on-going debate and Morton. Shoop tells us more about what's in the report.

On a completely unrelated note ...

Shoop is also looking for a few good federal mascots.

Seriously.

It seems that Recovery.gov, the official website for data related to the Recovery Act, is holding a contest to create a mascot.

Shoop discusses the overall phenomenon of federal mascots here.