Saturday, June 30, 2018

Take Back ICE

U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was established 15 years ago:
ICE was granted a unique combination of civil and criminal authorities to better protect national security and public safety in answer to the tragic events on 9/11. Leveraging those authorities, ICE has become a powerful and sophisticated federal law enforcement agency.
My link was for a 2013 discussion of its laudable achievements during its first ten years. As a resident of New York City, I appreciated ICE. On this muggy day, several protesters are calling for something dear to my heart - Keep Families Together:
Hundreds of marches took place across the United States on Saturday as thousands of people demanded the Trump administration reunite families separated at the U.S.-Mexico border. The protests, marching under the banner "Families Belong Together," are hoping to push the Trump administration to reunite thousands of immigrant children separated from their families after crossing into the United States.
Let’s be clear – the Demagogue in Chief high jacked ICE to push his poisonous agenda with over 2000 children separated from their immigrant parents. Rather than blaming Trump, some of the left has called for abolishing ICE. What to play into the Demagogue’s hands!
"The Democrats are making a strong push to abolish ICE, one of the smartest, toughest and most spirited law enforcement groups of men and women that I have ever seen. I have watched ICE liberate towns from the grasp of MS-13 & clean out the toughest of situations. They are great!" Trump tweeted. In a follow-up tweet, Trump urged the men and women of ICE not to worry about the ongoing calls to abolish the department. "You are doing a fantastic job of keeping us safe by eradicating the worst criminal elements. So brave! The radical left Dems want you out. Next it will be all police. Zero chance, It will never happen!" he wrote.
I know this Demagogue routinely lies but ICE was doing a fantastic job a few years ago. But even ICE has limited resources which this Demagogue has diverted from their true purpose. As such Trump is not only abusing the rights of these families, he is also making us less safe. I would hope the leaders of ICE would speak up and strongly object to what the Demagogue in Chief has done with their agency but to date they seem to be intimated from doing what is right. I would hope that Congress would hold hearings into this abuse of ICE and diversion of scarce resources away from securing our safety but these hearings are not going to happen as long as Mitch McConnell and Paul Ryan are in charge. But for God’s sake – could we on the left stop losing our minds over the rightful anger at the Demagogue in Chief so we can put forth a coherent message that taking back ICE not only ends the abuse of these immigrant families but gets this agency back to securing us as opposing as to serving the sick agenda of the Demagogue in Chief?


Peter said...

Max Sawicky:

""Abolish ICE" is both more and less than what it sounds like. It's less because some or all ICE functions would be taken up by a new agency. The potential good IMO is that reconstitution could be a way to change the culture and regs governing the way ICE business is conducted."

"Obviously there would remain some kind of border control. The value of the slogan is that it connotes a radical transformation. So the pearl-clutching by some Dems over this "radical" slogan is overwrought."

john c. halasz said...

This post is just pathetic:

ProGrowthLiberal said...

Angrybear features this post and one comment noted this important development:

ProGrowthLiberal said...

John links to a youtube that notes child separation occurred before Trump. It did and the ACLU was taking the Obama Administration to court over it years ago. If John is trying to excuse this abuse now because liberals previously did not care - he is wrong as some of us have been consistently against this abuse.

BTW - thanks to Peter for posting some really wise comments from Max!

ProGrowthLiberal said...

More from Roberto Lovato:

Let's be clear. He is not arguing that the abuse of ICE to deny the rights of immigrants is a good thing. Quite the opposite.