Chris Crane is an Immigration and Customs Enforcement deportation official who also heads the immigration officers’ union.
In his role at Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and as president of the National ICE Council, Crane has repeatedly challenged the Obama administration’s immigration policies and voiced opposition to the Senate immigration reform bill now being considered. He worries that the administration’s policies are making it harder for him and the agents he represents to enforce the law.
Crane recently displayed his passion for these issues when he was ejected from a press conference held by the bi-partisan “Gang of Eight” senators who put together the immigration bill now under consideration in the Senate.
In an interview with The Daily Caller’s Ginni Thomas, Crane expressed gratitude for those Americans who have written him to note their support for his efforts, but emotionally detailed what he says speaking out against abuses in the immigration system has cost him.
Crane says he is now under constant investigation by ICE and was warned by a superior after he tried to expose corruption in the agency, “you don’t know what you’re messing with here.”
“They have their ways of getting to you,” Crane said.
So why does Crane continue to endure the consequences of speaking out?
“We have men and women right now that are serving their country overseas,” explained Crane, who served as a Marine, choking up. “From my perspective, this is the least that I can do. To lose a job compared to what they are doing, in my opinion, is nothing.”
In this segment of the interview, Crane also discusses the lack of oversight for the $6 billion Congress gives ICE and the “outrage” that ICE managers have determined that they should all be given take-home vehicles.
In segments of the interview to appear at TheDC throughout the week, Crane discusses how President Obama singlehandedly overruled Congress by changing immigration enforcement policy when Congress refused to pass the DREAM Act, how he believes enforcement policy changes have created de facto amnesty, how the Boston bombing demonstrates the need to remain vigilant to threats to public safety and the danger of elevating officials he views as radical, like Tom Perez, to Cabinet positions.
In an earlier segment of the interview, Crane explained to TheDC how he believes ICE pushed pro-amnesty policies during the 2012 election.
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