WATCH: Official Says ICE Agents Can’t Do Their Jobs

National ICE Council President Chris Crane testified that morale at his agency is at an all-time low because officers are prohibited from arresting or deporting many of the illegal or undocumented immigrants they catch.

The leader of a union that represents thousands of Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers told House lawmakers Tuesday that President Obama’s new immigration policy has made it nearly impossible for his agents to do their job.

National ICE Council President Chris Crane testified that morale at his agency is at an all-time low because officers are prohibited from arresting or deporting many of the illegal or undocumented immigrants they catch. Crane said that it is a result of an executive order issued by Obama last year, which instructed the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, which has jurisdiction over ICE, to relax deportation laws on illegal immigrants that have otherwise clean records.

Crane revealed that under the policy, immigrants must actually be convicted of three or more misdemeanors before ICE agents are allowed to charge or arrest them for illegal entry or overstaying a visa. Crane said that the roughly 7,600 agents he represents, many of them first or second-generation immigrants, themselves, find this policy extremely frustrating.

In his opening statement to lawmakers on the House Judiciary Committee, Crane said that thousands of immigrants aware of the president’s executive order have been falsely claiming protection from the law, despite the fact that they legally do not qualify. His union, he said, has filed suit against DHS Secretary Janet Napolitano to allow agents to make arrests when appropriate.

Crane also addressed an immigration reform measure being debated in the Senate, saying that he has no confidence that the administration will take seriously any efforts to secure the U.S. border.

Click the video box above to watch highlights of Crane’s testimony.

Tags: , ,

Geoff Holtzman
Geoff Holtzman is Talk Radio News Service's Deputy Bureau Chief. As one of TRNS's primary correspondents, he helps cover the White House and Capitol Hill. Geoff also covered the 2012 presidential campaign, following the candidates to Iowa, New Hampshire, South Carolina, North Carolina, Florida and elsewhere. In the process, he learned that not all Motel 6's are created equal. Follow Geoff on Twitter @Geoff_Holtzman.

No comments yet.

Leave a Reply

You must be logged in to post a comment.

The World in 2:00 – September 4, 2015

The World in 2:00

Fighting dashes hope of peace in South Sudan, Thailand struggles to locate the masterminds of last month’s Bangkok bombing and four EU nations reject refugee quotas.

4 Days Left To Comment On NIH Child Health Outcomes Plan

What factors should the National Institutes of Health look into for their study? You have until Sept. 8 to let them know.

Hillary Clinton “Sorry” About Email Confusion

“I take responsibility and it wasn’t the best choice,” Clinton said.

Father Of Slain Journalist To Pressure Congress Over Gun Violence On Capitol Hill

Andy Parker, father of Alison Parker who was gunned down on live TV last month, will take to the Hill to push for gun control legislation

Report: Easygoing Parents Make Happier Kids

And the kids of controlling parents lead sadder lives…

Top Congressional Dems Warn Of Looming Shutdown

House and Senate Minority Leaders Harry Reid (Nv.) and Nancy Pelosi (Ca.) warn of a government shutdown as the economy begins to show signs of improvement