President Trump wants the federal agents of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement to know that he has their backs.
While Democrat members of Congress continue to call for the ICE agency to be abolished, encouragement from the president that he is supporting them and their mission can go a long way to restoring morale.
In six encouraging words, Trump said: “We always will stand with you.”
The president made the supporting remarks during his weekly video address on social media.
Per Washington Examiner:
President Trump defended the men and women who work for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement amid recent calls from Democrats to abolish the agency.
In his weekly address, Trump said the agency, which was created after the Sept. 11, 2001 terror attacks, prevents other innocent lives from being lost.
ICE agents arrested almost 130,000 illegal immigrants in fiscal year 2017, Trump said.
“One of the critical lessons of 9/11 was that immigration enforcement saves lives,” Trump declared in the address. “We must enforce the rules against visa fraud, illegal overstay, illegal entry, and other immigration violations and crimes – and crimes they are.”
“These are the practices exploited by terrorists, drug dealers, child smugglers, human traffickers, gang members and countless unknown and unregistered criminals to gain illicit access to our country and threaten our citizens,” he continued, before citing the ICE arrests conducted in fiscal year 2017. “Yet leading Democrat politicians have called to abolish ICE – no one even believes it – they want to abolish ICE. In other words, they want open borders and more crime.”
And, “Last week, 167 Democrats in the House of Representatives refused to vote for a resolution to support the heroes of ICE.”
In the video, Trump calls the men and women of ICE “brave” and said they serve as the cornerstone to U.S. security.
“Without the brave heroes of ICE, we would have no enforcement, no laws, no borders and therefore — we wouldn’t even have a country,” Trump said.
“So to the courageous public servants at ICE — men and women, great ones: we want you to know that the American people are with you and my Administration has your back 100 percent,” the president added.
And, “We love you. We support you. And we always will stand with you.”
As congressional Democrats are looking to abolish the agency, some cities and states across the country are trying to resist ICE and make it more difficult for them to make arrests. The city of Philadelphia for example just stopped allowing ICE from using their systems to locate immigrants.
From CBS News:
Philadelphia will stop giving U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement access to a real-time arrest database, accusing the agency of misusing the information to target people who are in the country illegally but are otherwise not accused of any crimes, Mayor Jim Kenney said on Friday. His decision means the city will not renew a contract that expires August 31.
“Such practices sow fear and distrust in Philadelphia’s great immigrant community, and make it more difficult for our Police Department to solve crimes. I cannot in good conscience allow the agreement to continue,” Kenney said, according to CBS Philadelphia.
As a “sanctuary city,” Philadelphia had already limited cooperation with immigration enforcement. It won’t release inmates to ICE without a judicial warrant.