"The task you ask of us is impossible," the president of the ICE officers union tells Sen. Marco Rubio (R-Fla.) in a letter opposing the immigration bill S.744.
"Every foreign national in the Unites States, either legally or illegally present, not just visa overstays is the responsibility of ICE to police," the letter states. If the bill is passed, that number of foreign nationals will jump from 40 million to 70 million, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council President Chris Crane writes to Rubio:
"5,000 ICE officers will attempt to police 70 million foreign nationals spread across the entire nation.
"The task you ask of us is impossible."
The letter warns of the threat to public safety ICE agents are faced with:
- 500,000 ICE fugitives are currently at large in the U.S.,
- Two million criminal aliens are at large in the U.S.,
- 900,000 criminal aliens are arrested by local police each year,
- "The majority of fugitives and criminal aliens now remain in the U.S. under de facto amnesty; your legislation will do nothing to assist ICE officers."