The National ICE Council is the union that stands for the thousands of ICE agents working for America’s interests. Now they’re laying into President Donald Trump.
The union sent a letter to President Trump blasting him for failing to enact policy reform that many Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers believe is the main problem with immigration.
“[I]n the midst of an immigration crisis on the southern border, your administration is squandering scarce ICE resources and playing political games with our officers, their mission, and the safety of the American public,” the union wrote. “You frequently speak publicly of the great public safety work ICE is doing under your leadership. To be direct, Mr. President — the rhetoric doesn’t match the reality.”
The union singled out the Obama-era policy of “catch and release” as a primary culprit.
“‘Catch and release’ isn’t just happening, it’s in overdrive. Catch and release must continue as ICE doesn’t have sufficient custody space to hold the massive number of family units illegally entering the United States every day. DHS resources on the border are overwhelmed,” the letter read. “Political games in Washington, D.C., have rendered the United States completely incapable of controlling its southern border.”
“You don’t like ‘fake news’ and neither do our officers, so instead let’s provide transparency, tell Americans the truth, and stop this nonsense and these wasteful and dangerous policies now,” the letter concluded.
The Department of Homeland Security replied to the letter by saying, “We have repeatedly sounded the alarm with Congress as resources are being stretched across DHS as agencies work to contain this historic surge. ICE and CBP are fully engaged on a coordinated response and continue to update Congress on the challenges faced by our agents and officers at the border.”
President Trump himself has not directly addressed the letter, but he has tweeted how Democrats continue to block him as “Border Deniers.”