NOT TIME TO FIRE ICE
Leading Democrats demanding that Immigration and Customs Enforcement — ICE — be abolished. The federal agency was created 15 years ago in response to 9/11 and related threats. A new Rasmussen Reports survey, however, finds voters are not ready to put ICE on ice: 55 percent oppose the idea, including 69 percent of Republicans, 53 percent of independents and 44 percent of Democrats. Only 25 percent overall favor shuttering the agency.
Americans should be privy to the accomplishments of ICE, however. The White House press office has released some compelling numbers.
During fiscal year 2017, ICE Enforcement and Removal Operations arrested over 127,000 “criminal aliens” on such charges as homicide, drug and weapons charges, assaults and kidnapping offenses. There were, in fact, 1,800 homicide offenses and 4,818 gang-related arrests. In addition, ICE agents seized 2,370 pounds of fentanyl, 6,967 pounds of heroin and spent some 630,000 investigative hours on fentanyl control.
“Abolishing ICE would mean open borders because it would eliminate the agency responsible for removing people who enter or remain in our country illegally, including drug dealers; gang members; and child molesters, rapists, and other sex offenders. Calls to abolish ICE are an insult to these heroic law enforcement officers who make sacrifices every day to secure our borders, enforce our laws, and protect our safety and security,” the White House said in a statement. Kindly follow Jennifer Harper on Twitter @HarperBulletin