ICE Union: If Obama Won't Meet with Us On Immigration Bill Concerns, GOP Should

Craig Bannister
By Craig Bannister | October 24, 2013 | 8:26 PM EDT

If President Obama won't meet with Immigration and Custom Enforcement (ICE) officers regarding their concerns, House Republicans should consult with them before introducing any immigration reform legislation, the president of the ICE union said today.

Chris Crane, President of the National ICE Council representing approximately 7,600 ICE officers, agents and support staff, issued his statement following comment today following the President's speech calling for passage of what ICE officers consider a dangerous immigration bill.

Pres. Obama has ignored the ICE Council's plea for a meeting for the past nine months - even though he has met with business leaders, labor, and amnesty advocates, Crane says:

"It will soon be 9 months since ICE officers requested a meeting with President Obama and we're still waiting. In that time, the White House has met with big business, big labor and illegal alien activists."

Crane accused the administration of giving immigration agents "illegal orders" and called on House Republicans to investigate "corruption at DHS related to immigration enforcement":

"The administration has ramped-up its non-enforcement directives, putting officers and the public in danger. Every day, dangerous and violent criminal aliens are released back into American communities. Yet, Congress still has not investigated the illegal orders being given to immigration agents from this administration and the corruption at DHS [Department of Homeland Security] related to immigration enforcement."

Crane also implored House Republicans to investigate whistleblower claims - and consult with enforcement officers before crafting an immigration reform bill:

"I would urge House lawmakers in the strongest possible terms, including House GOP oversight Chair Darrell Issa, to investigate the whistleblower accusations of ICE officers and other immigration agents prior to the introduction of any legalization bill. I would also urge Mr. Issa and any House lawmaker writing a legalization plan to first consult with these law enforcement whistleblowers."

"We urge lawmakers to stand with law enforcement, because this White House will not. No new legislation will succeed if America does not first address the problem of U.S. President's lawlessly ignoring the laws enacted by Congress."