ICE Agents Not Thrilled About the New 'Comprehensive Immigration Reform Consensus'
The union representing the Immigration and Customs agents who would actually have to enforce our new comprehensively reformed immigration regime don't sound too thrilled about it, according to a report at the Daily Caller:
Chris Crane, ICE officer and National ICE Council president representing 7,000 ICE agents, officers, and employees, expressed concern in a statement issued Friday that the “the immigration bill being crafted behind closed doors” by the bipartisan “gang of eight” senators “will be rushed to passage without proper public consideration and proper input from the law enforcement community.”
According to Crane, while big businesses and advocacy groups have been given a seat at the table by the White House and at “other secret meetings,” the ICE union has been left out of the conversation. He added that ICE’s “politically appointed leaders” — Homeland Security Secretary Janet Napolitano and ICE Director John Morton — “do not speak for us when it comes to enforcing the law” and that the pair have “repeatedly undermined the ability of our officers to enforce and protect the public safety.”
“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,” Crane said. “But we have been shut out of the process.”
“[G]iven the administration’s current enforcement record, I have zero confidence any promises of future enforcement will be fulfilled,” he added.
That's always been a curious facet of the immigration debate: no one in Washington seems to care what ICE agents think about it. Not much effort is made to solicit the opinions of other law enforcement personnel who have extensive contact with the undocumented-American community, either. In contrast, both sides of the gun-control debate are generally eager to highlight the opinion of police officers.
From the standpoint of the media and pop culture, immigration and Border Patrol agents must be the most invisible segment of the law-enforcement community. When was the last time one of them enjoyed a positive portrayal in a film or television show? Can we expect a film about Border Patrol agent Brian Terry's life of devoted, dangerous service, and his outrageous murder, any time soon?
Okay, that would obviously be a lot to ask of the Obama-besotted entertainment culture. But could we at least hear the thoughts of more experienced immigration and customs agents about the odds that our government can meet the promised border security triggers for amnesty? Because the last I heard on the subject came from a pack of Janet Napolitano's cubicle gnomes, who were explaining how they really don't have any idea if they're meeting border security targets or not, because they deliberately scuttled the old metrics for measuring progress. Hard-and-fast numbers might be turned into a "hurdle" by critics, which the comprehensive immigration reform bandwagon would have trouble clearing, you see.