Congressman Gosar Opposes Efforts to Abolish ICE

Prescott, AZ: - Today, U.S. Representative Paul Gosar, D.D.S. (AZ-04) issued the following statement after Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas announced his intention to reorganize the Federal Deportation Agency in such a way that would have the effect of gutting or abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). This is on top of the declaration by Biden officials earlier that ICE issued new rules forcing ICE officers to make written requests to supervisors in order to obtain approval to deport “low priority” illegal aliens. The “approval” process, first used under Obama, was rarely granted and allowed thousands of dangerous aliens to roam free. These “low priority” criminals endanger the peace and security of the nation, including illegal aliens with convictions for drunk driving, domestic assault, identity theft and other felonious crimes. 

“The Biden administration’s immigration policy is the most radical immigration policy our country has seen. Rather than protecting our citizens, the Biden policy is to open the borders and promote harm to our people, our economy and our sovereignty. Our border has been reduced to a completely unchecked open sieve. This dangerous proposal by Secretary Mayorkas will make our communities less safe and is an open invitation for crime. At a time when we need more ICE agents, this proposal goes backwards and reduces the enforcement actions against illegal aliens. Why do Democrats continue to call for defunding or reorganizing of our agencies charged with enforcing law and order? Every American needs to understand the implications of these open-border policies,” said Congressman Gosar.

Background: Last week, during a telephone meeting with agency personnel in Texas, Homeland Security Secretary Alejandro Mayorkas proposed taking members of the country’s 4,000-strong deportation force off the streets and converting them into criminal investigators. Tae Johnson, acting director at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, was also part of the conversation and agreed with Mr. Mayorkas’ direction.

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