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Dems Put Safety & Security On Ice

- August 7, 2018

Democrats' Calls To Abolish ICE Go Against The Wishes Of The American People And Put Their Own Constituents In Danger

 


TOP TAKEAWAYS

  • During the first two quarters of FY 2018, two-thirds of those arrested by ICE were convicted criminals.
  • But across the country, Democrats are calling for the abolition of ICE and the important and vital work this agency does to protect Americans.
  • Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Mayor Bill De Blasio, Rep. Joe Crowley, Congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and nine other members of Congress from New York have called for the abolition of or refused to support ICE.
    • ICE has made 376 arrests in New York since the beginning of 2018.
    • Those arrested included criminals convicted of or charged with theft, assault, felony sexual assault, weapons charges, cocaine trafficking, and child sex crimes.
  • Senator Kamala Harris, Rep. Barbara Lee, Rep. Adam Schiff and eight other members of Congress from California have called for the abolition of or refused to support ICE.
    • ICE has made 509 arrests in California since the beginning of 2018.
    • Those arrested included criminals convicted of or charged with rape, manslaughter, child sex crimes, weapons charges, and assault.
  • Reps. Danny Davis, Luis Gutierrez, Bobby Rush, Jan Schakowsky and Congressional candidate Jesus "Chuy" Garcia from Illinois have called for the abolition of or refused to support ICE.
    • ICE has made 178 arrests in Illinois since the beginning of 2018.
    • Those arrested included criminals convicted of homicide, sexual assault, drug trafficking, assault with a weapon, kidnapping, and domestic violence.
  • Reps. Darren Soto and Val Demings and Congressional candidate Matt Haggman from Florida have called for the abolition of or refused to support ICE.
    • ICE has made 271 arrests in Florida, Puerto Rico, and the U.S. Virgin Islands since the beginning of 2018.
    • Those arrested included criminals convicted of first degree murder and attempted murder, as well as known gang members.
  • Reps. Beto O'Rourke, Al Green, Sheila Jackson Lee, Filemon Vela, and four other members of Congress from Texas have called for the abolition of or refused to support ICE.
    • ICE has made 320 arrests in Texas and Oklahoma since the beginning of 2018.
    • Those arrested included criminals convicted of sexually exploiting a minor, assault, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, indecency with a child, and child abuse.
  • Reps. Lacy Clay and Emanuel Cleaver from Missouri have called for the abolition of or refused to support ICE.
    • ICE has made 20 arrests in Missouri since the beginning of 2018.
    • Those arrested included criminals convicted of driving under the influence, child neglect, child abuse, drug offenses, fraud, and larceny.

DEPSITE THE AMERICAN PEOPLE'S SUPPORT FOR ICE AND THE WORK THEY DO, MANY DEMOCRATS WANT TO ABOLISH THE AGENCY

Americans Overwhelmingly Believe ICE Should Not Be Abolished

69 Percent Of Americans Believe ICE Should Not Be Abolished. ( The Harris Poll , 1,448 RV, 06/24/18 - 6/25/18)

Over The Past Year, ICE Has Aggressively Worked To Keep Criminals Off The Street And Keep Americans Safe

In FY 2017, ICE Conducted 143,470 Overall Administrative Arrests, The Highest Number In At Least Three Fiscal Years. "In FY2017, ICE ERO conducted 143,470 overall administrative arrests, which is the highest number of administrative arrests over the past three fiscal years." (Press Release, "Fiscal Year 2017 ICE Enforcement And Removal Operations Report," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 12/13/17)

  • Of Those Arrested, 92 Percent Had A Criminal Conviction, A Pending Criminal Charge, Were An ICE Fugitive Or Were Processed With A Reinstated Final Order. "Of these arrests, 92 percent had a criminal conviction, a pending criminal charge, were an ICE fugitive or were processed with a reinstated final order." (Press Release, "Fiscal Year 2017 ICE Enforcement And Removal Operations Report," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 12/13/17)

In FY 2017, ICE Conducted 226,119 Removals. "In FY2017, ICE conducted 226,119 removals." (Press Release, "Fiscal Year 2017 ICE Enforcement And Removal Operations Report," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 12/13/17)

During The First Two Quarters Of FY 2018, ICE Arrests Comprised Over 66 Percent Convicted Criminals. "For the first two quarters of Fiscal Year 2018, ICE arrests comprise over 66 percent convicted criminals." (Press Release, "ICE ERO Newark Arrests 37 Individuals In Middlesex County, NJ Enforcement Surge," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 7/16/18)

Of The Remaining Individuals Not Convicted Of A Crime, 23 Percent Have Either Been Charged With A Crime, Are Immigration Fugitives, Or Have Been Removed From The U.S. And Illegally Re-Entered. "Of the remaining individuals not convicted of a crime, approximately 23 percent have either been charged with a crime, are immigration fugitives, or have been removed from the United States and illegally re-entered, reflecting the agency's continued prioritization of its limited enforcement resources on aliens who pose threats to national security, public safety and border security." (Press Release, "ICE ERO Newark Arrests 37 Individuals In Middlesex County, NJ Enforcement Surge," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 7/16/18)

Many Democrats Wish To See ICE Abolished Or Refuse To State Their Support For The Agency

34 Democrats Voted Against House Legislation In Support Of ICE. (H.R. 990, Roll Call Vote #337 : Passed 244-35: R 226- 1; D 18-34; 7/20/18)

133 Democrats Answered "Present" On House Legislation In Support Of ICE. (H.R. 990, Roll Call Vote #337 : Passed 244-35: R 226- 1; D 18-34; 7/20/18)

  • House Resolution 990 Expressed Continued Support For ICE And Its Personnel And Officers, Denounced Calls For The Abolition Of ICE, And Supported All Efforts To Bring Law And Order To Our Borders. "Resolved, That the House of Representatives- (1) expresses its continued support for all United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) officers and personnel who carry out the important mission of ICE; (2) denounces calls for the abolishment of ICE; and (3) supports the efforts of all Federal agencies, State law enforcement, and military personnel who bring law and order to our Nation's borders." (H.R. 990, Roll Call Vote #337 : Passed 244-35: R 226- 1; D 18-34; 7/20/18)

EVEN THOUGH ICE HAS MADE NEW YORK SAFER, DEMOCRATS IN THE STATE REFUSE TO SUPPORT THE AGENCY

New York Democrats Want To Abolish Or Refuse To Support ICE

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) Said, "I Believe You Should Get Rid Of [ICE], Start Over, Reimagine It, And Build Something That Actually Works." CNN's CHRIS CUOMO: "She's also got some positions that are even to the left of Bernie Sanders. She [Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez] wants to get rid of ICE. Now, what are you going to do with your party if you do come into a majority and you have a significant number, at least in influence, of people who have that kind of position?" SENATOR KIRSTEN GILLIBRAND (D-NY): "Well, I agree with it. I don't think ICE today is working as intended." CUOMO: "Well you think you should get rid of the agency?" GILLIBRAND: "I believe that it has become a deportation force. I think you should separate the criminal justice from the immigration issues. I think you should reimagine ICE under a new agency with a very different mission and take those two missions out. And so, we believe that we should protect families that need our help and that is not what ICE is doing today and that's why I believe you should get rid of it [ICE], start over, reimagine it, and build something that actually works." (CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time," 6/28/18)

  • Gillibrand Stated "When We Flip The House And Flip The Senate, I Think The First Thing We Should Do" Is "We Should Get Rid Of ICE." SENATOR GILLIBRAND: "So when we flip the House and flip the Senate, I think the first thing we should do is deal with the children who have been separated from their families at the border. I think we should get rid of ICE." (Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, Remarks At OZY Fest , New York, NY, 7/22/18)

New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio Said "We Should Abolish ICE." "New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio is the latest mainstream Democrat to pull farther to the left politically on illegal immigration, publicly saying that he supports abolishing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency. Mayor de Blasio made the comment Friday on a New York radio station telling the host, 'We should abolish ICE.'" ("New York City Mayor De Blasio Says U.S. Should 'Abolish' ICE," ABC News , 6/29/18)

Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-NY) Tweeted "ICE Is Being Misused Harm To Immigrants" And Stated She Supports Abolishing ICE. "ICE is being misused to harm immigrants & other priorities like stopping sex trafficking are being diminished. That's why I join the call to #AbolishICE. On every front, we much fight @realDonaldTrump's policies like "zero tolerance", jeopardizing DREAMers and rolling back #TPS." (Rep. Nydia Velazquez, Twitter Feed , 6/29/18)

Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-NY) Introduced A Bill In The House That Would "Dismantle ICE Once And For All." "'The agency has a very broad jurisdiction and was created to combat terrorism, human trafficking, and drugs. Yet, ICE now spends the majority of its time detaining and separating mothers and fathers seeking safety for themselves and their children,' said Espaillat. 'We are witnessing a human rights crisis, and our bill would bring forward a new model and dismantle ICE once and for all.'" (Mike Lillis, "Dems Introduce Bill To Eliminate ICE, Shift Duties Elsewhere," The Hill , 7/12/18)

  • Espaillat Voted Against A Measure In The House That Supported ICE. (H.R. 990, Roll Call Vote #337 : Passed 244-35: R 226- 1; D 18-34; 7/20/18, Espaillat Voted Nay)

Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) Co-Sponsored A Bill To Abolish ICE. "Other co-sponsors of the legislation, which has little chance of advancing in the Republican-controlled House, include Democratic Reps. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.), Yvette Clarke (N.Y.), Jim McGovern (Mass.), José Serrano (N.Y.), Adam Smith (Wash.) and Nydia Velázquez (N.Y.)." (Mike Lillis, "Dems Introduce Bill To Eliminate ICE, Shift Duties Elsewhere," The Hill , 7/12/18)

Rep. Jose Serrano (D-NY) Co-Sponsored A Bill To Abolish ICE. "Other co-sponsors of the legislation, which has little chance of advancing in the Republican-controlled House, include Democratic Reps. Earl Blumenauer (Ore.), Yvette Clarke (N.Y.), Jim McGovern (Mass.), José Serrano (N.Y.), Adam Smith (Wash.) and Nydia Velázquez (N.Y.)." (Mike Lillis, "Dems Introduce Bill To Eliminate ICE, Shift Duties Elsewhere," The Hill , 7/12/18)

Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-NY) Voted Against A Measure In The House That Supported ICE. (H.R. 990, Roll Call Vote #337 : Passed 244-35: R 226- 1; D 18-34; 7/20/18, Clarke Voted Nay)

Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) Voted Against A Measure In The House That Supported ICE. (H.R. 990, Roll Call Vote #337 : Passed 244-35: R 226- 1; D 18-34; 7/20/18, Crowley Voted Nay)

Rep. Gregory Meeks (D-NY) Voted Against A Measure In The House That Supported ICE. (H.R. 990, Roll Call Vote #337 : Passed 244-35: R 226- 1; D 18-34; 7/20/18, Meeks Voted Nay)

Rep. Paul Tonko (D-NY) Voted Against A Measure In The House That Supported ICE. (H.R. 990, Roll Call Vote #337 : Passed 244-35: R 226- 1; D 18-34; 7/20/18, Tonko Voted Nay)

Cynthia Nixon, Who Is Challenging New York Governor Andrew Cuomo, Said "We've Come To A Moment Where We Need To Call For The Abolishment Of ICE." "'I think we've come to a moment where we need to call for the abolishment of ICE,' actress Cynthia Nixon, who is challenging New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo in next week's Democratic primary, told an audience in Brooklyn on Tuesday, while acknowledging that governors have little influence over the federal agency." (Alex Seitz-Wald, "'Abolish ICE!' Is The New Rallying Cry For Progressive Democrats," NBC News , 6/22/18)

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, A Democratic Candidate For Congress In New York, Tweeted "We Must Have The Moral And Political Courage To #AbolishICE." "ICE is operating exactly as designed when it rips screaming children from parents. That's exactly why we must abolish it. We MUST have the moral and political courage to #abolishICE. Weak half-measures do nothing. This is a defining moment of our time - the time to act is now." (Twitter Feed, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez , 6/19/18)

Since January, ICE Has Arrested 376 Illegal Aliens In New York, Many Of Whom Had Criminal Convictions Or Pending Charges

In June, Immigration And Customs Enforcement (ICE) Arrested 40 Aliens During A Four-Day Raid In New York. "A Canadian national convicted of felony sexual assault is among the 40 aliens taken into custody last week during a four-day enforcement operation that ended June 21, by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) targeting at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants, immigration fugitives, and other immigration violators." (Press Release, "ICE Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens And Immigration Violators Nets 40 Arrests In New York State," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 6/25/18)

  • Of Those Arrested In Central, Western And Northern New York, Almost 30 Percent Had Criminal Convictions Or Pending Criminal Charges." "Of those arrested in central, western and northern New York state, almost 30 percent had criminal convictions or pending criminal charges." (Press Release, "ICE Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens And Immigration Violators Nets 40 Arrests In New York State," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 6/25/18)
  • One Arrestee Was A Mexican National With Multiple Criminal Convictions For Inflicting Corporal Injury On His Spouse And Three Convictions For Driving Under The Influence. "Among those arrested during the operation are: A Mexican national with multiple criminal convictions for inflicting corporal injury on his spouse, three convictions for driving under the influence, three convictions for driving without a license, giving false information to a peace officer, and carrying a loaded firearm in a public place." (Press Release, "ICE Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens And Immigration Violators Nets 40 Arrests In New York State," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 6/25/18)
  • Another Was A Salvadoran National With Criminal Convictions For Theft, Assault, And Felony Sexual Assault. "A Salvadoran national with criminal convictions for theft, assault and felony sexual assault." (Press Release, "ICE Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens And Immigration Violators Nets 40 Arrests In New York State," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 6/25/18)

In July, ICE Arrested 65 Individuals During A Five-Day Period In New York. "Officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 65 during a 5-day period, ending July 20 in New York City, and on Long Island." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 65 During Operation Cross Check In New York City And Long Island," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 7/25/18)

  • Of The 65 Individuals, 64 Of Those Arrested Had Been Previously Removed From The U.S. And Returned Illegally. "During the operation, ICE's ERO arrested 65 individuals for violating U.S. immigration laws. 64 of those arrested, had been previously removed from the United States and returned illegally. Of those arrested, 29 individuals were previously released from local law enforcement custody with an active detainer." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 65 During Operation Cross Check In New York City And Long Island," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 7/25/18)
  • Several Of The Individuals Had Prior Felony Convictions For Serious Or Violent Offenses, Such As Sexual Offenses, Weapons Charges, And Assault. "Several had prior felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as sexual offenses, weapons charges, and assault, or had past convictions for significant or multiple misdemeanors." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 65 During Operation Cross Check In New York City And Long Island," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 7/25/18)
  • Criminal Histories Of Those Arrested Included Assault, Attempted Assault, Cocaine Possession, Cocaine Trafficking, Criminal Mischief, And Forcible Touching. "Criminal histories of those arrested during the operation are as follows: Aggravated Identity Theft, Assault, Attempted Assault, Cocaine Possession, Cocaine Trafficking, Criminal Mischief, Disorderly Conduct, DWI, Forcible Touching, Illegal Entry into the U.S, Illegal Reentry after Removal, Menacing, Passport Fraud, Petit Larceny, Possession of Marihuana, Resisting Arrest, Sexual Abuse, and Weapons Possession." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 65 During Operation Cross Check In New York City And Long Island," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 7/25/18)

In April, ICE Arrested 225 During A Six-Day Raid In New York. "Officers from U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 225 during a 6-day period, ending Apr. 14 in New York City, Long Island and the Hudson Valley." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 225 During Operation Keep Safe In New York," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 4/17/18)

  • Of The 225 Individuals ICE Arrested, More Than 180 Were Convicted Criminals Or Had Criminal Charges Pending. "During the operation, ICE's ERO arrested 225 individuals for violating U.S. immigration laws. Of those arrested, more than 180 were convicted criminals or had criminal charges pending, more than 80 had been issued a final order of removal and failed to depart the United States, or had been previously removed from the United States and returned illegally." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 225 During Operation Keep Safe In New York," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 4/17/18)
  • Several Had Prior Felony Convictions For Child Sex Crimes, Weapons Charges, And Assault, Or Had Past Convictions For Significant Or Multiple Misdemeanors. "Several had prior felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as child sex crimes, weapons charges, and assault, or had past convictions for significant or multiple misdemeanors." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 225 During Operation Keep Safe In New York," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 4/17/18)
  • Criminal Histories Of Those Arrested Included Aggravated DWI, Assault, Criminal Trespassing, Driving While Ability Impaired, And Driving While Intoxicated. "Criminal histories of those arrested during the operation are as follows: aggravated DWI, Assault 2nd, criminal trespass 2nd, driving while ability impaired, and driving while intoxicated." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 225 During Operation Keep Safe In New York," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 4/17/18)

In January, ICE Arrested 46 Aliens During A Five-Day Raid In New York. "A Jamaican national arrested in Albany, New York, who has prior convictions for possession of a weapon, loaded firearm, four counts of criminal sale of a controlled substance, and larceny is among 46 foreign nationals taken into custody during a five-day operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in western New York, targeting at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants, and other immigration violators." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 46 In Western New York Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens, Illegal Re-Entrants, And Other Immigration Violators," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 1/18/18)

  • Of Those Arrested, 23 Offenders, Or 50 Percent, Had Prior Criminal Convictions. "Of those arrested during the operation, which was spearheaded by ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), 23 offenders, or 50 percent, had prior criminal convictions." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 46 In Western New York Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens, Illegal Re-Entrants, And Other Immigration Violators," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 1/18/18)
  • Criminal Convictions Of Those Arrested Included Felony Grand Larceny, Firearms Possession, Drug Possession, Child Endangerment And Abuse. "Criminal convictions of those arrested included: felony grand larceny, firearms possession, drug possession, child endangerment, abuse, driving under the influence of alcohol or a controlled substance, and forgery." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 46 In Western New York Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens, Illegal Re-Entrants, And Other Immigration Violators," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 1/18/18)

EVEN THOUGH ICE HAS MADE CALIFORNIA SAFER, DEMOCRATS IN THE STATE REFUSE TO SUPPORT THE AGENCY

California Democrats Want To Abolish Or Refuse To Support ICE

Senator Kamala Harris (D-CA) Claimed We Need To "Critically Re-Examine ICE" And "Probably Think About Starting From Scratch." SENATOR KAMALA HARRIS (D-CA): "I think there's no question that we've got to critically re-examine ICE, and its role, and the way that it is being administered, and the work it is doing. And we need to probably think about starting from scratch. Because there is a lot that is wrong with the way it's conducting itself and we need to deal with that." (MSNBC's "Kasie DC," 6/24/18)

Rep. Nanette Barragan (D-CA) Said "I'm With Senator Kamala Harris" On The Issue Of Abolishing ICE, Claiming She Supports The Reexamination Of ICE. CNN's JAKE TAPPER: "You don't support ending I.C.E.?" REP. NANETTE BARRAGÁN: "I'm with Senator Kamala Harris. Let's look at it and examine it, let's keep focused on the prize here." (CNN's "State Of The Union," 7/1/18)

Rep. Barbara Lee (D-CA) Voted Against The Creation Of ICE In 2002 And Has Been Open To Abolishment. "Rep. Barbara Lee, D-Oakland, who voted against creating ICE in 2002, also sounded open to abolishment. She said in a statement that she believes the agency 'has far too little accountability or transparency' and 'we need to start over-beginning with revamping our immigration enforcement system.'" (Casey Tolan, "'Abolish ICE': How Do California's Politicians Line Up?" The Mercury News , 7/2/18)

Rep. Mark DeSaulnier (D-CA) Claimed He Supports The Abolition Of ICE Because The Agency Is "Not Working." "In the Bay Area, Rep. Mark DeSaulnier, D-Concord, told the Bay Area News Group on Monday that he supports abolishing the agency because 'it's not working.' He appears to be the first sitting member of Congress from California to join the movement. 'Its original mission was to protect Americans from foreign terrorists,' DeSaulnier said of ICE, 'but it's actually making the general public less safe.' DeSaulnier, who's served in Congress since 2015, cited a letter from 19 regional ICE supervisors arguing that the agency's detention and deportation crackdown have made it more difficult for agents to pursue other missions like fighting transnational crime, human trafficking, organized crime and smuggling. He said he's talked to ICE employees who joined the agency 'because they wanted to be the good guys' but now are distressed about 'what this administration's having them do domestically.'" (Casey Tolan, "'Abolish ICE': How Do California's Politicians Line Up?" The Mercury News , 7/2/18)

Rep. Lou Correa (D-CA) Voted Against A Measure In The House That Supported ICE. (H.R. 990, Roll Call Vote #337 : Passed 244-35: R 226- 1; D 18-34; 7/20/18, Correa Voted Nay)

Rep. Jimmy Gomez (D-CA) Voted Against A Measure In The House That Supported ICE. (H.R. 990, Roll Call Vote #337 : Passed 244-35: R 226- 1; D 18-34; 7/20/18, Gomez Voted No)

Rep. Jared Huffman (D-CA) Voted Against A Measure In The House That Supported ICE. (H.R. 990, Roll Call Vote #337 : Passed 244-35: R 226- 1; D 18-34; 7/20/18, Huffman Voted Nay)

Rep. Jimmy Panetta (D-CA) Voted Against A Measure In The House That Supported ICE. (H.R. 990, Roll Call Vote #337 : Passed 244-35: R 226- 1; D 18-34; 7/20/18, Panetta Voted Nay)

Rep. Adam Schiff (D-CA) Voted Against A Measure In The House That Supported ICE. (H.R. 990, Roll Call Vote #337 : Passed 244-35: R 226- 1; D 18-34; 7/20/18, Schiff Voted Nay)

Rep. Eric Swalwell (D-CA) Voted Against A Measure In The House That Supported ICE. (H.R. 990, Roll Call Vote #337 : Passed 244-35: R 226- 1; D 18-34; 7/20/18, Swalwell Voted Nay)

Rep. Juan Vargas (D-CA) Voted Against A Measure In The House That Supported ICE. (H.R. 990, Roll Call Vote #337 : Passed 244-35: R 226- 1; D 18-34; 7/20/18, Vargas Voted Nay)

Since January, ICE Has Made 509 Arrests Of Illegal Aliens In California, Many Of Whom Had Criminal Convictions Or Pending Charges

In June, ICE Arrested 162 Aliens During A Three-Day Enforcement Operation In California. "A Mexican national convicted of rape and a citizen of El Salvador convicted of Voluntary Manslaughter are among the 162 aliens taken into custody earlier this week during a three-day enforcement operation conducted by U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) targeting at-large criminal aliens, illegal re-entrants and immigration fugitives, and aliens released back in to the community after detainers filed by ICE with local law enforcement officials were ignored." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 162 In Los Angeles-Area Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens, Illegal Re-Entrants And Immigration Fugitives," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 6/14/18)

  • Of Those Arrested, Nearly 90 Percent Had Criminal Convictions. "Of those arrested in Los Angeles and surrounding areas from Sunday through Tuesday, almost 90 percent had criminal convictions." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 162 In Los Angeles-Area Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens, Illegal Re-Entrants And Immigration Fugitives," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 6/14/18)
  • The Arrestees Had Criminal Convictions That Included Rape And Voluntary Manslaughter, With Some Identified As Gang Members. "Among those arrested during the operation are: A 32-year-old Mexican national arrested in Maywood on June 10, convicted of rape and was sentenced to 8 years' incarceration. This individual has also been identified as a documented Gang Member of the 'Krazy Ass Mexican' A 47-year-old, previously deported, El Salvadorian national arrested in Winnetka on June 12, who was convicted of Voluntary Manslaughter and sentenced to seven years in prison. DHS databases indicate this individual was released by local authorities despite an ICE detainer." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 162 In Los Angeles-Area Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens, Illegal Re-Entrants And Immigration Fugitives," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 6/14/18)

On March 16, ICE Arrested 115 Individuals For Violating Federal Immigration Laws During A Three-Day Raid In California. "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportation officers arrested 115 individuals for violating federal immigration laws in the San Diego and Imperial counties during a three-day targeted enforcement operation that ended Thursday." (Press Release, "ICE Operation In San Diego/Imperial Counties Results In 115 Arrests," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 3/16/18)

  • Fifty Of Those Arrested Were Convicted Criminals And Seven Had Illegally Re-Entered The U.S. After Being Deported. "Fifty of the immigration violators arrested were convicted criminals and seven others illegally re-entered the U.S. after removal." (Press Release, "ICE Operation In San Diego/Imperial Counties Results In 115 Arrests," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 3/16/18)
  • One Of The Individuals Arrested Was A Gang Member Who Had Been Removed From The U.S. On Four Prior Occasions. "The arrests include: A 43-year-old Mexican national and Center Street Locos gang member in Oceanside, California, who had previously been removed from the U.S. on four prior occasions. He has multiple criminal convictions, including grand theft, controlled substance for sale and driving under the influence." (Press Release, "ICE Operation In San Diego/Imperial Counties Results In 115 Arrests," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 3/16/18)

On March 1, ICE Arrested 232 Aliens During A Four-Day Raid In California. "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) deportation officers arrested 232 individuals for violating federal immigration laws in the San Francisco area of responsibility (AOR), extending from the Bakersfield area north to the Oregon border, during a four-day targeted operation that ended Wednesday." (Press Release, "232 Illegal Aliens Arrested During ICE Operation In Northern California," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 3/1/18)

  • Of Those Arrested, 115 Had Prior Felony Convictions For Serious Or Violent Offenses, Such As Child Sex Crimes, Weapons Charges, And Assault, Or Had Past Convictions For Significant Or Multiple Misdemeanors. "115 had prior felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as child sex crimes, weapons charges, and assault, or had past convictions for significant or multiple misdemeanors." (Press Release, "232 Illegal Aliens Arrested During ICE Operation In Northern California," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 3/1/18)
  • "Of Those Arrested, 180 Were Either Convicted Criminals, Had Been Issued A Final Order Of Removal And Failed To Depart The U.S., Or Had Been Previously Removed And Returned Illegally." "Of those arrested, 180 were either convicted criminals, had been issued a final order of removal and failed to depart the United States, or had been previously removed from the United States and returned illegally." (Press Release, "232 Illegal Aliens Arrested During ICE Operation In Northern California," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 3/1/18)

EVEN THOUGH ICE HAS MADE ILLINOIS SAFER, DEMOCRATS IN THE STATE REFUSE TO SUPPORT THE AGENCY

Illinois Democrats Want To Abolish Or Refuse To Support ICE

Rep. Danny Davis (D-IL) Voted Against A Measure In The House That Supported ICE. (H.R. 990, Roll Call Vote #337 : Passed 244-35: R 226- 1; D 18-34; 7/20/18, Davis Voted Nay)

Rep. Luis Gutierrez (D-IL) Voted Against A Measure In The House That Supported ICE. (H.R. 990, Roll Call Vote #337 : Passed 244-35: R 226- 1; D 18-34; 7/20/18, Gutierrez Voted Nay)

Rep. Bobby Rush (D-IL) Voted Against A Measure In The House That Supported ICE. (H.R. 990, Roll Call Vote #337 : Passed 244-35: R 226- 1; D 18-34; 7/20/18, Rush Voted Nay)

Rep. Jan Schakowsky (D-IL) Voted Against A Measure In The House That Supported ICE. (H.R. 990, Roll Call Vote #337 : Passed 244-35: R 226- 1; D 18-34; 7/20/18, Schakowsky Voted Nay)

Jesus "Chuy" Garcia, Democratic Candidate For Congress From Illinois Called ICE "Racist" And "Repressive" And Claimed It Should Be Replaced. "Democratic congressional nominee Jesús "Chuy" García said Wednesday that U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is a 'racist' and 'repressive' agency that needs replacing. 'I look forward to working with the Brighton Park Neighborhood Council and people all over Chicago and Illinois in defining what we replace ICE with,' García said. 'It is an agency that has become repressive and racist, bringing terror into our communities. We need to change what ICE has become. I want to work with you to advance proposals that replace such a repressive agency that causes so much suffering in our communities.'" (Carlos Ballesteros, "Democratic Congressional Hopeful Jesus 'Chuy' Garcia: Replace 'Racist' ICE," The Chicago Sun Times , 8/1/18)

Since January, ICE Has Made 178 Arrests Of Illegal Aliens In Illinois, Many Of Whom Had Criminal Convictions Or Pending Charges

In May, ICE Arrested 156 Criminal Aliens And Immigration Violators In Illinois. "Federal officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 156 criminal aliens and immigration violators in the Chicago metropolitan area during a six-day enforcement action, which ended Thursday." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 156 Criminal Aliens And Immigration Violators During Operation Keep Safe In Chicago Area," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 5/25/18)

  • Of The 156 Arrested, 74 Had Criminal Convictions. "Of the 156 arrested, 74 had criminal convictions." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 156 Criminal Aliens And Immigration Violators During Operation Keep Safe In Chicago Area," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 5/25/18)
  • The Criminal Convictions Included Homicide, Battery, Commercial Sex, Criminal Trespassing, Dangerous Drugs, Domestic Violence, Drug Trafficking, Felony Burglary, And Sexual Assault. "Most of the aliens arrested by ERO deportation officers during this operation had prior criminal histories that included convictions for the following crimes: battery, commercial sex, criminal trespass (vehicle), dangerous drugs, domestic violence, driving under influence, drug trafficking, felony burglary, homicide, illegal entry, indecency/sex conduct, larceny, obstructing justice, possessing cocaine, possessing controlled substance, possessing marijuana, reckless discharge of a weapon, retail theft, sexual assault, solicitation of a sex act, traffic offense and trespassing." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 156 Criminal Aliens And Immigration Violators During Operation Keep Safe In Chicago Area," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 5/25/18)

In January, ICE Arrested 22 Criminal Aliens And Immigration Violators During A Three-Day Raid In Illinois. "Federal officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 22 criminal aliens and immigration violators in Illinois' Cook and Lake counties during a three-day enforcement action, which ended Monday." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 22 In Chicago Area During 3-Day Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens And Immigration Fugitives," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 1/10/18)

  • Most Of The Aliens Arrested Had Prior Criminal Histories That Included Convictions For Sexual Assault, Kidnapping, Assault With A Weapon, Drug Possession, Theft, And Driving Under The Influence. "Most of the aliens targeted by ERO deportation officers during this operation had prior criminal histories that included convictions for the following crimes: sexual assault, kidnapping, assault, assault with a weapon, drug possession, theft, obstruction of justice and driving under the influence (DUI); two were known fugitive immigration violators, and six were arrested for illegally re-entering the United States after having been deported, which is a felony." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 22 In Chicago Area During 3-Day Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens And Immigration Fugitives," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 1/10/18)

EVEN THOUGH ICE HAS MADE FLORIDA SAFER, DEMOCRATS IN THE STATE REFUSE TO SUPPORT THE AGENCY

Florida Democrats Want To Abolish Or Refuse To Support ICE

Rep. Val Demings (D-FL) Voted Against A Measure In The House That Supported ICE. (H.R. 990, Roll Call Vote #337 : Passed 244-35: R 226- 1; D 18-34; 7/20/18, Demings Voted Nay)

Rep. Darren Soto (D-FL) Voted Against A Measure In The House That Supported ICE. (H.R. 990, Roll Call Vote #337 : Passed 244-35: R 226- 1; D 18-34; 7/20/18, Soto Voted Nay)

Matt Haggman, A Democratic Congressional Candidate In Florida, Launched A TV Ad Entirely Focused On His Desire To "Close ICE Down." "Meanwhile, Florida Democrat Matt Haggman ‏just a launched a TV ad entirely focused on his desire to 'close ICE down.' He goes on use that position to contrast himself with Donna Shalala, the Bill Clinton Cabinet official who is currently the front-running Democrat in the heavily Hispanic district." (Alex Seitz-Wald, "'Abolish ICE!' Is The New Rallying Cry For Progressive Democrats," NBC News , 6/22/18)

Since January, ICE Has Made 271 Arrests Of Illegal Aliens In Florida, Puerto Rico, And The U.S. Virgin Islands, Many Of Whom Had Criminal Convictions Or Pending Charges

In March, ICE Arrested 271 Aliens During A Five-Day Raid In Florida, Puerto Rico, And The U.S. Virgin Islands. "U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) officers arrested 271 aliens as part of an enforcement action targeting immigration violators and those who pose a threat to public safety. The enforcement action ran March 18 through 22. ERO officers made the arrests across the state of Florida, Puerto Rico and the U.S. Virgin Islands." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 271 Across The State Of Florida, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 3/27/18)

  • Of Those Arrested, 99 Had Criminal Records That Included Felony Convictions For Serious Or Violent Offenses, Such As First Degree Murder And Attempted Murder. Of those arrested by ICE during the enforcement action, 99 had criminal records that included felony convictions for serious or violent offenses, such as 1st degree murder, attempted murder, vehicular manslaughter, rape, aggravated assault, attempted robbery, battery, burglary, child neglect, cruelty toward a child, domestic violence, drugs charges such as possession and trafficking, weapons offenses, abuse of the elderly. Additional convictions included driving under the influence, fraud, harboring aliens, illegal entry and re-entry to the United States, resisting an officer, traffic offenses, trespassing and workman's compensation fraud." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 271 Across The State Of Florida, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 3/27/18)
  • Two Of Those Arrested Were Known Gang Members. "As part of the action, ERO officers apprehended 49 ICE fugitives and 39 individuals who were previously removed from the U.S., as well as two known gang members and one individual with an Interpol Red Notice." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 271 Across The State Of Florida, Puerto Rico, US Virgin Islands," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 3/27/18)

EVEN THOUGH ICE HAS MADE TEXAS SAFER, DEMOCRATS IN THE STATE REFUSE TO SUPPORT THE AGENCY

Texas Democrats Want To Abolish Or Refuse To Support ICE

On The Subject Of Enforcing Existing Laws Without The Use Of ICE, Rep. Beto O'Rourke (D-TX) Said "If That Involves Doing Away With This Agency [ICE], Giving That Responsibility To Someone Else, Changing How This Agency Performs, I'm Open To Doing That." "Here's @BetoORourke's response to a question about abolishing ICE at a town hall Friday in San Antonio: O'ROURKE: 'When we see the fear that has been injected into our communities, that's not good for any of us. It's certainly not good for those who live directly under that fear. It's not good for the rest of us, who benefit from the contributions that those fellow members of our community can make. So I agree with you. There's gotta be a better way of enforcing our laws, not using these tactics that instill fear, that do not reflect the best of us, not separating children from their parents at the border and keeping them in cages. And so if there's another, better way to enforce our immigration laws-and I hope we're all on the same page that we want to make sure that laws are enforced, we want to make sure that our laws reflect who we are and that we change those laws to make sure that we make the most out of all of us-then I'm open to that. And if that involves doing away with this agency, giving that responsibility to somebody else, changing how this agency performs, I'm open to doing that. And I want to make sure, again, that you're part of the conversation. So thanks for asking the question in that way and giving me the opportunity to answer." (Patrick Svitek, Twitter Feed , 6/30/18)

  • O'Rourke Voted Against A Measure In The House That Supported ICE. (H.R. 990, Roll Call Vote #337 : Passed 244-35: R 226- 1; D 18-34; 7/20/18, O'Rourke Voted Nay)

Rep. Joaquin Castro (D-TX) Voted Against A Measure In The House That Supported ICE. (H.R. 990, Roll Call Vote #337 : Passed 244-35: R 226- 1; D 18-34; 7/20/18, Castro Voted Nay)

Rep. Lloyd Doggett (D-TX) Voted Against A Measure In The House That Supported ICE. (H.R. 990, Roll Call Vote #337 : Passed 244-35: R 226- 1; D 18-34; 7/20/18, Doggett Voted Nay)

Rep. Al Green (D-TX) Voted Against A Measure In The House That Supported ICE. (H.R. 990, Roll Call Vote #337 : Passed 244-35: R 226- 1; D 18-34; 7/20/18, Green Voted Nay)

Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee (D-TX) Voted Against A Measure In The House That Supported ICE. (H.R. 990, Roll Call Vote #337 : Passed 244-35: R 226- 1; D 18-34; 7/20/18, Jackson Lee Voted Nay)

Rep. Eddie Bernice Johnson (D-TX) Voted Against A Measure In The House That Supported ICE. (H.R. 990, Roll Call Vote #337 : Passed 244-35: R 226- 1; D 18-34; 7/20/18, Johnson Voted Nay)

Rep. Marc Veasey (D-TX) Voted Against A Measure In The House That Supported ICE. (H.R. 990, Roll Call Vote #337 : Passed 244-35: R 226- 1; D 18-34; 7/20/18, Veasey Voted Nay)

Rep. Filemon Vela (D-TX) Voted Against A Measure In The House That Supported ICE. (H.R. 990, Roll Call Vote #337 : Passed 244-35: R 226- 1; D 18-34; 7/20/18, Vela Voted Nay)

Since January, ICE Has Made 320 Arrests Of Illegal Aliens In Texas And Oklahoma, Many Of Whom Had Criminal Convictions Or Pending Charges

In March, ICE Arrested 89 Criminal Aliens And Immigration Violators During A Five-Day Raid In Texas And Oklahoma. "Federal officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 89 criminal aliens and immigration violators in North Texas and Oklahoma during a three-day enforcement action, which ended Thursday." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 89 In North Texas And Oklahoma Areas During 3-Day Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens And Immigration Fugitives," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 3/27/18)

  • Most Of The Aliens Arrested Had Prior Criminal Histories That Included Convictions For Aggravated Assault, Alien Smuggling, Child Abuse, Discharge Of A Firearm, And Criminal Mischief. "Most of the aliens targeted by ERO deportation officers during this operation had prior criminal histories that included convictions for the following crimes: aggravated assault family strong-arm, aggravated assault of a public servant, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon , alien smuggling, assault causing bodily injury, assault causes bodily injury family violence, assault, child abuse, criminal mischief, dangerous drugs, discharge of a firearm, driving while intoxicated, fraud, illegal entry, indecent lewd acts with a child under 16, larceny, liquor violation, manufacture and distribution of a controlled substance, negligent homicide, possession of marijuana, possession of methamphetamines, possession of a controlled substance, racketeering, rape, robbery and making terroristic threats." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 89 In North Texas And Oklahoma Areas During 3-Day Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens And Immigration Fugitives," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 3/27/18)

In February, ICE Arrested 145 Criminal Aliens And Immigration Violators During A Seven-Day Raid In Texas. "Deportation officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 145 criminal aliens and immigration violators in South and Central Texas during a seven-day enforcement action, which ended Feb. 16." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 145 In South And Central Texas During 7-Day Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens, Illegal Re-Entrants And Immigration Fugitives," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 2/22/18)

  • Of The 145 Arrested, 86 Had Criminal Convictions. "Of the 145 arrested, 86 had criminal convictions; 39 were arrested based on previous immigration encounters, four of which have pending criminal charges; 20 had no prior immigration history or encounters, one has pending criminal charges." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 145 In South And Central Texas During 7-Day Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens, Illegal Re-Entrants And Immigration Fugitives," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 2/22/18)
  • Most Of The Aliens Arrested Had Prior Criminal Histories That Included Convictions For Indecency With A Child, Aggravated Assault With A Deadly Weapon, Drug Trafficking, And Alien Smuggling. "Most of the aliens targeted by ERO deportation officers during this operation had prior criminal histories that included convictions for the following crimes: indecency with a child, assault, deadly conduct, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, drug possession, drug trafficking, burglary, resisting arrest, firearms offense, alien smuggling, illegally entering the U.S., and driving under the influence (DUI)." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 145 In South And Central Texas During 7-Day Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens, Illegal Re-Entrants And Immigration Fugitives," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 2/22/18)

In January, ICE Arrested 86 Criminal Aliens And Immigration Violators During A Three-Day Raid In Texas And Oklahoma. "Federal officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 86 criminal aliens and immigration violators in North Texas and Oklahoma during a three-day enforcement action, which ended Thursday." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 86 In North Texas And Oklahoma Areas During 3-Day Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens And Immigration Fugitives," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 1/26/18)

  • Of The 86 Arrested, 55 Had Criminal Convictions. "Of the 86 arrested, 55 had criminal convictions; 82 were men and four were women." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 86 In North Texas And Oklahoma Areas During 3-Day Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens And Immigration Fugitives," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 1/26/18)
  • Most Of The Aliens Arrested Had Prior Criminal Histories That Included Convictions For Sexually Exploiting A Minor, Assault, Aggravated Assault With A Deadly Weapon, Drug Possession, And Burglary. "Most of the aliens targeted by ERO deportation officers during this operation had prior criminal histories that included convictions for the following crimes: sexually exploiting a minor, assault, aggravated assault with a deadly weapon, drug possession, burglary, obstructing police, larceny, manufacturing methamphetamine, firearms offense, smuggling, receiving stolen property, illegally entering the U.S., and driving under the influence (DUI)." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 86 In North Texas And Oklahoma Areas During 3-Day Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens And Immigration Fugitives," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 1/26/18)

EVEN THOUGH ICE HAS MADE MISSOURI SAFER, DEMOCRATS IN THE STATE REFUSE TO SUPPORT THE AGENCY

Missouri Democrats Want To Abolish Or Refuse To Support ICE

Rep. Lacy Clay (D-MO) Voted Against A Measure In The House That Supported ICE. (H.R. 990, Roll Call Vote #337 : Passed 244-35: R 226- 1; D 18-34; 7/20/18, Clay Voted Nay)

Rep. Emanuel Cleaver (D-MO) Voted Against A Measure In The House That Supported ICE. (H.R. 990, Roll Call Vote #337 : Passed 244-35: R 226- 1; D 18-34; 7/20/18, Cleaver Voted Nay)

Since January, ICE Has Made 20 Arrests Of Illegal Aliens In Missouri, Many Of Whom Had Criminal Convictions Or Pending Charges

In February And March, ICE Arrested 20 Criminal Aliens And Immigration Violators During A Four-Day Raid In Missouri. "Federal officers with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement's (ICE) Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested 20 criminal aliens and immigration violators in the Kansas City metro area during a four-day enforcement operation, which ended Thursday." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 20 In Kansas City During 4-Day Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens And Immigration Fugitives," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 3/2/18)

  • Several Of The Aliens Arrested Had Prior Criminal Histories That Included Driving Under The Influence, Child Neglect, Child Abuse, Drug Offenses, Fraud And Larceny. "Several of the aliens targeted by ERO deportation officers during this operation had prior criminal histories that included driving under the influence, child neglect, child abuse, drug offenses, fraud and larceny." (Press Release, "ICE Arrests 20 In Kansas City During 4-Day Operation Targeting Criminal Aliens And Immigration Fugitives," U.S. Immigration And Customs Enforcement , 3/2/18)

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