Two people working to secure the southern border joined Fox News on Tuesday to discuss why they oppose the “Abolish ICE” movement being pushed by some Democrats.
Kevin McAleenan, the commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, and Lora Thomas, a border patrol agent, said they appreciated being honored by President Trump during a border patrol event on Monday.
When asked about the idea of abolishing ICE, both explained the scope of their work at the border and described how they eliminate threats and make rescues.
“What was highlighted yesterday was the breadth of the mission,” McAleenan said. “You’ve just gotta highlight the efforts that we undertake to protect children, child exploitation efforts, our partners at ICE, the threats that are being removed from the country, MS-13 was a big focus yesterday.”
McAleenan also noted that Thomas’ team made 750 rescues in the Tucson, Arizona sector last year.
“We do see our fair share [of criminals] and when he’s talking about 750 rescues — those are rescue groups, so there might be 6 to 10 to 15 people in that one rescue,” Thomas explained. “So that’s the big thing for us, our main focus, is trying to save the people who are out there that shouldn’t be.”