Democrats, Listen To Law Enforcement—Not Your Base !
“I’m here to say thank you,” Vice President Mike Pence told U.S. Customs and Border Protection officials on Friday in Baltimore, Maryland. “But I’m also here to learn more about the work that each and every one of you do.”
Our immigration law enforcement officers have one of the toughest jobs in America. They are the first lines of defense against drug cartels, human traffickers, and other forms of transnational crime. It’s dangerous work that keeps our communities safe.
These officers are the experts when it comes to border security. They know what works and what doesn’t. Politicians should listen to them—not scapegoat them to cover for Congress’ own outdated, ineffective laws.
Congressional Democrats disagree. Amid calls to abolish U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement entirely, now immigration officers can’t even make their voices heard. “A briefer from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement stood outside the closed-door meeting [last] Wednesday while negotiators working on a homeland security spending deal heard from border experts,” The Washington Times reports.
“The ICE briefer never made it in the room.”
Dozens of sheriffs arrived on Capitol Hill today to plead with Democrats not to cut resources for immigration enforcement. This afternoon, President Donald J. Trump met with a group of these local law enforcement leaders at the White House. “This is what we do,” one sheriff told reporters in the room. “If you do anything to cut ICE funding, you devastate our communities.”
Watch: Call it whatever you want, but without a wall, “it’s not going to work.”
President Trump: “This is a humanitarian and security crisis.”