Last night, the Washington Times reported on a press conference that should be making headline news.


The article states:



The union that represents rank-and-file field agents at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has unanimously passed a “vote of no confidence” for the agency’s leadership, saying ICE has “abandoned” its core mission of protecting the public to support a political agenda favoring amnesty.


The National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 7,000 ICE agents and employees, voted 259-0 for a resolution saying there was “growing dissatisfaction and concern” over the leadership of Assistant Secretary John Morton, who heads ICE, and Phyllis Coven, assistant director for the agency’s office of detention policy and planning.


The resolution said ICE leadership had “abandoned the agency’s core mission of enforcing U.S. immigration laws and providing for public safety,” instead directing its attention “to campaigning for programs and policies related to amnesty and the creation of a special detention system for foreign nationals that exceeds the care and services provided to most U.S. citizens similarly incarcerated.


“It is the desire of our union … to publicly separate ourselves from the actions of Director Morton and Assistant Director Coven and publicly state that ICE officers and employees do not support Morton or Coven or their misguided and reckless initiatives, which could ultimately put many in America at risk,” the union said.


This is an amazing rebuke by the union of agency leaders. The union representatives detail the misplaced priorities of those who would focus on providing bingo nights for detainees rather than enforcing the laws, and how the system can be gamed so that criminal aliens can avoid punishment through temporary deporation. 


Regardless of one’s thoughts on the immigration debate and what our immigration laws should be, it’s a reminder that the job of the executive branch is supposed to be enforcing the laws that Congress passes and the President signs, not changing or lobbying for preferred policies.