FAIR Rejects Senator Gillibrand’s Call to Eliminate ICE as a Betrayal to the most Vulnerable Members of the American Labor Force
ICE is a vital part of the nation’s effort to protect job availability, wages and working conditions for American workers.
- Dan Stein, President of FAIR.
(June 29, 2018, Washington, D.C.) — The following statement was issued by Dan Stein, president of the Federation for American Immigration Reform (FAIR), in response to calls to abolish U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement:
“The Federation for American Immigration Reform strongly supports the work of ICE as an indispensable component of U.S. law enforcement, and we reject in the strongest terms this misguided effort by those who would stop enforcing U.S. immigration laws.
“ICE is a vital part of the nation’s effort to protect job availability, wages and working conditions for American workers.
“The Immigration and Customs Enforcement division (ICE) within the Department of Homeland Security was formed primarily from portions of the old Immigration and Naturalization Service (detention, deportations and investigations) and the U.S. Customs Service.
“ICE plays a valuable role in ensuring, among other things, American jobs go to American workers and that illegal immigrants are identified and put into removal proceedings.
“Senator Kirsten Gillibrand’s sudden call for the “abolition of ICE” is a politicized action from a politician whose persona can only be characterized as a ‘wind sock,’ shifting with the issues as she needed to for her personal advancement. From a tough-on-the-borders one-term representative in the House, she was selected to replace then-Senator Hillary Clinton when Clinton was appointed Secretary of State.
“From that point on, Gillibrand shifted to the left, and has now fallen off the deep end. Suddenly she wants to stop all interior immigration law enforcement. Her claim? She says ICE “is separating families.” The catalyst? Allegedly a “shocking election” in a Democratic Primary by a Bronx-based candidate that won 15,000 votes (in a district with over 700,000 residence) in a primary characterized by low turnout and a lack of interest. The aging incumbent had positions nearly identical to the young mavericks.
“How can Senator Gillibrand call for the abolition of ICE when she obviously has no idea what to replace it with?
“This is what happens when someone reaches the U.S. Senate lacking in virtually any executive or management experience. Abolishing ICE would create immigration chaos, border anarchy and skyrocketing crime in our cities as criminal aliens are never removed from our communities. It’s bad enough wages are flat and less skilled Americans have been railroaded out of the American labor force, now Senator Gillibrand wants to endorse policies calculated to grind the face of the working poor and the nation’s most vulnerable.”
“This cannot be a serious proposal, but I would remind Senator Gillibrand that the work of ICE is broadly supported by the American people. She is listening only to the loudest and most irresponsible voices in her state.”