I believe a strong, secure border is the first step to fixing our broken immigration system. We are a nation of laws and we have a duty to prevent unlawful entry into our country. As such, I have been concerned by recent calls from some of my colleagues in Congress to “abolish ICE.” I find this incredibly misguided.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) conducts a variety of operations to ensure the safety of Americans and proper enforcement of our laws.
- Fighting the Opioid Epidemic: ICE plays a critical role in seizing drugs that cartels illegally transport across our border.
- Stopping Human Trafficking and Smuggling: ICE is essential to uncovering human trafficking rings and rescuing victims.
- Removing Criminals From Our Comminutes: Every year ICE arrests thousands of illegal immigrants involved in drug deals, fraud, weapons smuggling, sexual assault, and murder.
- Preventing Terrorism: ICE works to identify and deport or prevent entry of dangerous individuals who pose a terror threat to our nation.
Calls to abolish ICE threaten the safety of millions of Americans. As your member of Congress, I will work to ensure our law enforcement officials have the resources they need and know that they have my full support.
Please do not hesitate to contact me anytime an issue that concerns you comes before the House. It is an honor to serve you and the First District in the People’s House.