Amid the ongoing clamor and debate over so-called immigration reform and with the majority of AFL-CIO union bosses having flip-flopped on illegal immigration in 2000, the rank and file voices of those charged with securing America's borders--the ICE agents--are often overlooked and ignored.
However, on Tuesday, Chris Crane, President of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council 118 testified before the House Judiciary Committee.
In his testimony, Crane explains how ICE is "now guided in large part by the influences of powerful special interest groups that advocate on behalf of illegal aliens."
Crane further goes on to drop a bombshell:
These influences have in large part eroded the order, stability and effectiveness of the agency, creating confusion among all ICE employees. For the last four years it has been a roller coaster for ICE officers with regard to who they can or cannot arrest, and which federal laws they will be permitted to enforce. Most of these directives restricting enforcement are given only verbally to prevent written evidence from reaching the public.
Most Americans would be surprised to know that immigration agents are regularly restricted from enforcing the two most fundamental sections of United States immigration law... [Emphasis added.]
Crane's testimony is revealing in many ways, as he sites several disturbing examples on how ICE agents are demoralized and how they have been hamstrung due to the influence of amnesty advocates inside and outside the Obama administration.
Here is some video highlights of his testimony (via TalkRadioNews).
Be sure to read his entire testimony. It is enlightening and very disturbing.
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