However, Michael Volpe, writing at FrontPageMagazine, says the Regime met with radical Leftist groups before the release who had lobbied for years to reduce the number of people detained by ICE.
According to a newsletter published in February 2013 by Andrew Lorenzen-Strait, the Public Advocate for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Public Advocate team organized a series of appearances in a number of “community roundtables” sponsored by groups like the Massachusetts Immigrant and Refugee Advocacy Coalition (MIRA), El Centro Hispano, the International Institute of Connecticut, and the International House in Charlotte, North Carolina.
Lorenzen-Strait has been the Public Advocate at ICE since that position was created by the Obama administration in February 2012. Ostensibly, he’s supposed to represent the public, but in reality, no less than the Huffington Post acknowledged that the post was created specifically to address the complaints of left-wing groups that were complaining that the Obama administration was being heavy-handed in its deportation and incarceration immigration policy.
In a story titled “Immigrant Advocates Skeptical On New DHS Public Advocate Position” by Huffington Post writer Elise Foley on February 7, 2012, that’s the exact impression given regarding the new position of the ICE Public Advocate:
It was revealed earlier this week that several of the aliens had been arrested for drunk-driving charges. Around eight of those released were classified as high risk "Level 1" detainees.The agency tasked with finding and deporting undocumented immigrants announced on Tuesday the creation of a new position that will work with non-governmental organizations, advocacy groups and immigrants to make sure their voices are heard.Immigration advocates said they are hopeful, but will believe it when they see it.