Recently the Obama Administration hired former Houston police chief Harold Hurtt to coordinate state and local activities for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). As The Heritage Foundation pointed out at the time, Hurtt seemed like an odd choice to head up an important position with U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). Hurtt is, after all, a well-documented supporter of “sanctuary city polices,” which puts him at odds, at least philosophically, with the agency’s mission.
Seems like we’re not the only ones who noticed that the Obama Administration and the heads of ICE don’t seem particularly concerned about curbing illegal immigration and enforcing the rule of law.
Last week, the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council of the American Federation of Government Employees, which represents 7,000 ICE agents and employees, unanimously passed a “vote of no confidence” for the agency’s leadership, “saying ICE has ‘abandoned’ its core mission of protecting the public to support a political agenda favoring amnesty.”
Furthermore, the union proclaimed its desire to “publicly separate ourselves from the actions of Director Morton and Assistant Director Coven and publicly state that ICE officers and employees do not support Morton or Coven or their misguided and reckless initiatives, which could ultimately put many in America at risk.”
Given the Hurtt hiring, as well as the Administration’s decision to sue Arizona for having the audacity to enforce the law, it’s hard to disagree.