Democratic Congressman Ruben Gallego of Arizona threatened Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents on Twitter late Wednesday, saying those who take part in deportations should fear for their safety.
Gallego said the tide would eventually turn against the agents and they would “not be safe” if they claimed they were simply following lawful orders. (RELATED: Geraldo Rivera Sides With ICE Agents Over Democratic Congressman)
If you are a US government official and you are deporting Americans be warned. When the worm turns you will not be safe because you were just following orders. You do not have to take part in illegal acts ordered by this President’s administration. https://t.co/BLq48HRkbH
— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) August 30, 2018
He also said President Donald Trump’s immigration policies are “illegal acts,” which government officials don’t have to enforce.
Gallego has broken from other Democrats who have suggested abolishing ICE, but who have yet to threaten ICE agents directly.
Fox News commentator Geraldo Rivera rebuked Gallego Friday on “Fox & Friends,” calling his behavior “reckless and irresponsible.” He also said he sides with the ICE agents over Gallego.
“Now we’re telling cops that if you enforce the law you’re going to be in trouble sometime down the road when the worm turns? I just think that that is a reckless and irresponsible statement,” Rivera said.
“I back the ICE officers. I detest roundup and removal of average working undocumented immigrants. I think it’s absolutely unnecessary … but you don’t threaten the cops. You don’t threaten the thin blue line. That what separates civilization from anarchy.”
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