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?
” could we on the left stop losing our minds over the rightful anger…..”
There are a lot of heinous immoralities* “we on the left” abide by the angst over what is done with children of foreign citizens penetrating the US border is morally inconsistent.
*I start with the 1400 mostly innocent civilians Gazans killed in 2014 because Israel decided to retaliate on Hamas. Then there is intelligence, navigation, naval and aerial refueling for the Salafis to perpetrate a human tragedy of 1950’s US Korea war scales.
I could go on but the good thing about this child of criminal separation kerfuffle is all you-alls on the neoliberal, neocon, pro war “left” faction have stopped threatening WW III and impeachment over alleged Russian hacking revealing embarrassing truths about democrats in 2016.
And then there are many of us concerned with Russian interference in our election process and the likelihood that the Trump people and Trump himself encouraged and abetted it. We are not seeking war with anyone but are quite determined to deter as much of Trumpism as we can and be rid of him and his as soon as possible.
ICE’s HSI division is fighting back. https://www.washingtonpost.com/world/national-security/seeking-split-from-ice-agents-say-trumps-immigration-crackdown-hurts-investigations-morale/2018/06/28/7bb6995e-7ada-11e8-8df3-007495a78738_story.html?noredirect=on&utm_term=.d459e36f4ec9
Jerry – thanks for that Washington Post story. Important development.
I take the argument to the next step:
Again many thanks to Jerry for the heads up on the letter from HSI. It is a must read.