ICE Agents Revolt; “Trump Betrayed Us”

 One of Donald Trump’s main campaign platforms was properly enforcing immigration law, and building a wall on the southern border to further halt the flow of illegal immigration to the United States. However, President Trump has handled things differently than how candidate Trump said he would, according to ICE agents.

Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents have only endorsed one presidential candidate in history, and that was Donald Trump. After eight years of severe restrictions from the Obama administration, ICE had enough and many lined up behind Trump due to his fiery rhetoric calling for better enforcement.

However, despite his emphasis on proper enforcement, the President has left much of the Obama-era team at ICE intact, and it remains difficult for ICE agents to do their job properly. According to the Washington Times, many agents now feel betrayed by their own boss.

ICE officers put together a new website which brings to light the fact that the President’s supposed agenda is simply not being carried out. The site, JICReport.com, details what is really going with the Trump administration’s management of the agency:

While officers view the President’s position on enforcement as courageous, the Trump administration has left all of the Obama managers and leadership in place, a group that ICE Officers know after the last eight years to be completely incompetent, corrupt and anti-enforcement.

While President Trump did create an uptick in morale at ICE through his support of enforcement operations, tensions are on the rise between Trump’s army of Obama holdovers and boots on the ground officers in the field, as behind the scenes Obama holdovers continue to undermine law enforcement operations and wage war against their own law enforcement officers.

“The Trump administration isn’t working with us at all, and that’s the sad truth of it,” said Chris Crane, President of the National ICE Council, which represents nearly 6,000 ICE Officers across the country. “We have written commitments that the White House would be working directly with us every day, but it’s not happening.”

The issue is that it’s difficult to know what exactly the President knows. For all they know, he could be getting none of the information which the agency is sending through his staff.

“His staff has told us that they refuse to give the President our messages and they refuse to set up a meeting with the President,” Crane further stated. “I’m telling our guys to give the President the benefit of the doubt until we find out if the President is even aware of what’s happening. I think he’s a man of his word. I think he’s going to work with us.”

The site is the first of its kind, and Crane hopes that other agencies under the banner of the Department of Homeland Security will follow suit in order to fight corruption in their respective divisions.

“As employees, military veterans and law enforcement officers we are ashamed of the problems that plague these federal agencies; we are ashamed of ICE leadership. We are ashamed of a Congress that just looks the other way and appears complicit. It’s time for transparency, it’s time to drain the swamp as the President committed to do.”

Indeed, something has gone awry from the President’s stated agenda. Either he is not being told the full story by his senior staff, or he has simply flaked on his promises. It could be either one at this point.

What do you think? Has the Swamp drained Donald, or is he simply not being relayed the proper information?

Source: The Federalist Papers

%d bloggers like this: