ICE Says Politicians Hampered Enforcement Efforts by Giving Advice to Illegal Immigrants
It’s anti-American that our Congress members have put illegals before our laws, customs and American people.
WASHINGTON—The acting head of Immigration and Customs Enforcement criticized members of Congress on July 23 for assisting illegal immigrants in evading the law.
“There were people in Congress sitting there giving instructions to people illegally in the country and telling them how to avoid detection and avoid the consequences of their illegal activity,” Matthew Albence said during a call with reporters. “There’s no way for us to quantify what impact that had, but you couldn’t turn on any TV station anywhere in this country for several weeks without this being one of the lead topics.”
Albence said ICE is targeting illegal aliens who have been issued a final order of removal by an immigration judge. While the biggest focus is removing those with criminal convictions, Albence said ICE is now removing family units who have failed to show up at court hearings and haven’t applied for asylum.
A recent operation targeted family units that had final orders of removal and were given a chance in February to turn themselves in. Albence said ICE scooped up 18 of these people; they’re in custody awaiting deportation. Another 17 were arrested as collateral and will remain in custody until a judge issues a decision. Albence said no families were separated during the operations.
Members of Congress, including Speaker of the House Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) and 2020 presidential candidates Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-Vt.) and Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), put out notices on Twitter, advising illegal immigrants on how to avoid being deported.
Pelosi wrote on Twitter on June 22: “#KnowYourRights. To people of faith: help immigrants ‘know your rights’ and tell the President to ‘stop the raids.’ Families belong together.”