GOP: The Agency Democrats Want Abolished Has Arrested Nearly 5,000 MS-13 Gang Members

Maybe Democrats calling for the abolition of United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement should take a look at the facts, Republican Leader Kevin McCarthy said from the House floor on Tuesday morning.

A federal agency which has arrested nearly 5,000 violent MS-13 gang members is the very one Democrats like House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi want to abolish.

“Last year, ICE agents arrested more than 4,800 gang members—including almost 800 members of MS-13. Still, Democrats say they want to abolish this agency,” McCarthy tweeted.

Last week, Congress took up a vote to celebrate the achievements of ICE with nearly all Democrats voting against the measure. Here’s McCarthy last week, shortly after the vote:

President Trump similarly has expressed support for ICE and the arrests they have made.

“The Democrats are making a strong push to abolish ICE, one of the smartest, toughest and most spirited law enforcement groups of men and women that I have ever seen,” the president tweeted. “I have watched ICE liberate towns from the grasp of MS-13 & clean out the toughest of situations. They are great!”

Here’s more from CBS News:

President Trump has railed against MS-13 repeatedly since taking office.

“They don’t shoot people because it’s too fast and not painful. They cut them up into little pieces,” Mr. Trump said in August. “MS-13 are the equivalent in their meanness to al Qaeda.”

“They kidnap. They extort. They rape and they rob,” Mr. Trump has also said. His administration points to undocumented immigrants in the gang to stress the need for stricter immigration policy.

On Long Island, Mr. Trump recognized the work of ICE’s acting director Tom Homan, calling him “a tough guy” and “tough cookie.”

Homan said he felt his hands were tied in the past, but since Mr. Trump’s election, ICE has been able to make more arrests – in part because this administration allows him to prioritize any individual who crosses the border illegally, not just those who have committed other crimes.

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