As an ICE officer, and as the
union representative for 7,000 ICE agents, officers and support staff, I
applaud the Senators who authored the letter to Chairman Leahy
regarding the need for an open and thorough committee review of any
immigration plan. On behalf of all the law enforcement officers represented by the National ICE Council, I would like to thank Ranking Member Grassley, Senator Hatch, Senator Sessions, Senator Cornyn, Senator Lee and Senator Cruz.
Too often in the immigration debate, no one speaks up for the rank
and file law enforcement officers and the citizens we protect. Large
business groups and political advocacy groups are invited to the White
House and other secret meetings. But those tasked with enforcing the
law have no voice in the process.
We have a very real concern that
the immigration bill being crafted behind closed doors by a group of
eight lawmakers will be rushed to passage without proper public
consideration and proper input from the law enforcement community. Our politically appointed leaders, DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano and ICE Director John Morton,
do not speak for us when it comes to enforcing the law. Secretary
Napolitano and Director Morton have repeatedly undermined the ability of
our officers to enforce and protect the public safety. We believe the
first priority of Congress ought to be ensuring that the immigration
laws it has already passed are enforced.
A mass legalization, or amnesty,
of millions of illegal aliens, combined with an increase in future
immigration, will have profound consequences for every law enforcement officer in the country and especially those who enforce our nation's immigration laws. But we have been shut out of the process.
To the best of my knowledge, the eight lawmakers now meeting have not
consulted with our union or with the rank-and-file officers in the
field during the drafting of this comprehensive bill. But given the
administration's current enforcement record, I have zero confidence any
promises of future enforcement will be fulfilled.
It is for all of these reasons I am grateful to these Senators
demanding an open and transparent process where our voice, and the
voices of all American citizens, can be heard.
It feels like 2009 again to me. Just substitute the ruinous Stimulus (Ugh) and Obamacare (ugh) with Gun control (ugh) and Amnesty (ugh). Dems think they have the wind at their backs. And to make matters worse, we have turncoats on our side willing to help them along.