In an exclusive interview with The Daily Caller, the head of the immigration enforcement officers union harshly criticized both Congress and the Obama administration over the “Gang of Eight” immigration bill.
National ICE Council president Chris Crane said the massive bill places little value on the opinions of experienced immigration law enforcement professionals.
In a six-part interview with TheDC, Crane explains how Congress, the Obama administration and the bipartisan group of eight senators who crafted the 867-page bill have shown no willingness to enforce immigration laws and have left ICE unable to do its job.
Instead, Crane says the Senate is taking directions from powerful interest groups. “The AFL-CIO, La Raza and the Chamber of Commerce wrote this,” he says. “Law enforcement officers had absolutely no part in doing this.”
“In our opinion,” Crane says, “and I think we have been pretty outspoken on this from day one, we think that all of this is political, we know it’s political, it’s nothing but political…. I think everybody saw what happened just prior to the last election. We saw President Obama, suddenly, after doing nothing for four years, trying to come out and make these drastic changes.”
“We had people in ICE headquarters telling us that managers were coming out and saying that ‘we’ve got so many days,” he says.
“These are ICE headquarters managers in a law enforcement agency saying ‘We’ve got so many days before the election to get these pro-legalization, pro-amnesty, pro-illegal-immigrant policies out there, and we’ve got to get it done and we’ve got to get it done now.’ I mean they literally had countdowns to the election, to get these policies put in place, these policies that would be publicly favorable during the election period. So we absolutely know that this is all about politics.”
Crane also details how, despite numerous attempts to make their concerns known to the administration and the “Gang of Eight,” law enforcement officials have been cut out of the process. In one instance Crane describes, border sheriffs and law enforcement officers from around the nation came to Washington, only to find their meetings ignored by “Gang of Eight” members.