Members in the House of Representatives are now on record expressing their support (or lack thereof) for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE. Republican leadership took on the bill which was supported entirely by Republicans.
The resolution itself complimented the recent efforts of ICE agents in countering the narcotics trade and in ending human trafficking schemes. It was a legislative pat on the back, introduced by Republican Congressman Clay Higgins and was something Democrats wanted to politicize. The bill passed 244 to 35 and 133 members voted “present.”
Per Fox News:
The House passed a resolution Wednesday expressing support for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, as a growing number of liberals in the Democratic Party has called to abolish the agency that enforces federal immigration laws.
Senate Republicans tried to follow in the House’s footsteps and approve via unanimous consent a resolution supporting ICE. But it was blocked by Democratic Sen. Kamala Harris on the floor.
Republicans likely will deploy the House roll call vote against Democrats who didn’t vote the measure in the midterms this November, analysts have said. Democrats, ahead of the vote, dismissed it as a partisan maneuver.
Like the Tax Cuts and Jobs Act, Democrats are now on record concerning an important legislative item.
“I am grateful to the members of Congress who today publicly declared their support for the brave, dedicated men and women of ICE,” Acting ICE Director Ron Vitiello said, as Fox News reports. “We will continue to fulfill our sworn oaths to enforce federal immigration and customs laws.”
According to the report, Democrat lawmakers wrote the vote off as a “stunt” and a “trap”:
“It is a meaningless stunt,” New York Democratic Rep. Jerrold Nadler, the top Democrat on the House Judiciary Committee, said before the vote. Nadler said he voted present because “we have more important things to do.”
“This is exactly the kind of ‘gotcha vote’ which alienates Americans from their government… Democrats refuse to play the Republicans’ game,” House Minority Whip Steny Hoyer, D-Md., said. “We’re not falling for this trap.”
House Judiciary Committee Chairman condemned Democrats who failed to favor the resolution and suggested his liberal colleagues must have forgotten that the agency is only enforcing laws which the congressional chamber writes into law.
“House Democrats once worked collaboratively with Republicans to improve the effectiveness of federal immigration enforcement,” House Judiciary Committee Chairman Bob Goodlatte said, via Fox News. “Now, it appears that they are outraged when ICE has the audacity to actually enforce the laws that we have enacted.”
Former Acting ICE Director Tom Homan expressed similar sentiments when during an interview on Fox News he lambasted the lawmakers for wanting to abolish the agency.
“What’s incredible is these politicians – the members of the legislature – would much rather abolish a law enforcement agency than fix the law,” Homan said. “ICE is enforcing the laws they enacted. So rather than doing their job and fixing it, let’s just go ahead and abolish it. It’s ridiculous.”
— Fox News (@FoxNews) July 19, 2018