Biden Administration May Cripple ICE Enforcement Capabilities, ‘Administrative Abolishment’
The Biden administration is reportedly planning to reallocate personnel assignments and other operations at Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This proposal will prevent efficient deportations of illegal aliens.
Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas revealed the proposal during a call with Texas ICE officials. It calls for thousands of immigration agents to be reassigned into investigative roles. This action does not officially abolish ICE, but severely weakens its capabilities to protect the border.
“This is an administrative abolishment of ICE as we currently know it,” a source told The Washington Times.
“It is the greatest privilege of my life to return to the Department to lead the men and women who dedicate their talent and energy to the safety and security of our nation,” Mayorkas said during his ICE induction. “The mission of the Department of Homeland Security is to safeguard the American people, our homeland, and our values. The United States is a welcoming and empathetic nation, one that finds strength in its diversity. I pledge to defend and secure our country without sacrificing these American values.”
Acting ICE Director Tae Johnson, who spoke with Mayorkas, agreed with his direction.
Mayorkas’ proposal will essentially promote officers to agents. They would also lose what is known as uncontrollable overtime pay. They would lose an average of $9,000 a year. Roughly 6,000 personnel currently assigned to enforcing immigration law would be affected.
The Democrat-led “Abolish ICE” movement has been targeting the Enforcement and Removal Operations branch of the agency, which handles arrest and deportations of illegal aliens.
It is unclear whether Mayorkas’ proposal would need congressional approval, a question that the Washington Times said the department would not answer.
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