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The National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, which represents 7,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement agents across the nation, cast a "Vote of No Confidence" for ICE Director John Morton and Asst. Director Phyllis Coven. Union leaders said that they have "abandoned the Agency's core mission of enforcing United States Immigration Laws..."

The "Vote of No Confidence" was made official in early-June and details of the vote were listed in a release issued by the National Council 118 division of the American Federation of Government Employees.

It is the desire of our union within ICE and our employees 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 Americans at risk.

The "Vote of No Confidence" is in response to policies adopted by Morton and Coven, including:

  • ICE leadership dedicates more time to campaigning for immigration reforms aimed at large scale amnesty legislation
  • Criminal aliens incarcerated in local jails seek out ICE officers and volunteer for deportation to avoid prosecution, conviction and serving prison sentences
  • ICE is misleading the public by using programs like "Secure Communities" to sell moving on with amnesty legislation
  • ICE officers are prohibited from making street arrests or enforcing U.S. immigration laws outside of jails
  • ICE has virtually no consistent national policies, resulting in the lack of adequate direction and managerial infrastructure

For more information on the Union's "Vote of No Confidence", read the full release.

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Updated: Thu, Jun 15th 2017 @ 4:26pm EDT