Head of ICE union warns immigration bill ‘will put the public safety at risk’
WASHINGTON — The leader of an Immigrations and Customs Enforcement union on Thursday called on lawmakers to vote down the Gang of Eight’s sweeping immigration proposal, warning that the new legislation would make the country more dangerous if implemented into law.
“This bill will put the public safety at risk without doubt,” ICE agent Chris Crane, the president of the National ICE Council, said during a press conference in the Russell Senate Office Building.
This week, a bipartisan group of U.S. senators — including Democratic New York Sen. Chuck Schumer and Republicans Florida Sen. Marco Rubio — unveiled the Border Security, Economic Opportunity, and Immigration Modernization Act of 2013.
The 844-page immigration bill includes a path to citizenship for certain illegal immigrants, while also requiring the Department of Homeland Security to create a plan to secure the border.
But several conservative senators held a press conference Thursday to warn against the bill, trotting out ICE agents and border sheriffs to who complained that the proposed law doesn’t solve the problem of securing the border.
“This bill is amnesty before enforcement,” Alabama Sen. Jeff Sessions said at the press conference.