After calling on the public to support their efforts through an on-line petition, the officers of the union representing federal immigration agents have stepped up their attacks on the Administration's nullification of immigration laws.
Late Wednesday night, I sent out an alert to all of our members about the ICE agents' union asking the public to sign its protest petition.
The petition is toughly worded, but ICE union officials have now come out with even stronger words against their federal bosses who won't allow them to do their job of enforcing laws that Congress passes.
ICE agents are now under orders to ignore the law as well as threats to public safety and fraud.
"Those officers who refuse to follow the Administration's unlawful orders by making arrests will be disciplined and lose their jobs, as well as the ability to support their families.
"The National ICE Council representing approximately 7,200 ICE Agents, Officers and employees were the first to sign the petition on behalf of those that they represent in hopes that through public support ICE, DHS and the Administration can be convinced to take a more responsible approach to law enforcement and cease their collective efforts to devastate and demoralize federal law enforcement officers and their families."
-- New press release from the union about their members who work for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) section of the U.S. Department of Homeland Security
While ICE agents have been ordered to stand aside, we have witnessed this week a steady stream of images of tens of thousands of illegal aliens lined up in public to sign up for work permits to compete in the legal job market against the millions of unemployed young Americans. Estimates are that 1.7 million illegal aliens could get the reward of these work permits even though Congress has three times voted down bills to give out these work permits.
"Morale is in the toilet right now," according to Chris Crane, president of the National ICE Council. "Most of the guys out in the field are just in an uproar."
The ICE agents feel the only way they may be able to survive as a legitimate enforcement entity to protect all of us from another mass wave of illegal immigration is to show the Administration that the public stands with the agents -- and against the anti-security policies of the Department of Homeland Security. That's why it is so urgent that you sign the petition now and circulate it far and wide. The agents are extremely pleased to have the 50,000 signatures since Wednesday, but they need hundreds of thousands of signatures (at least) if they are going to have any real protection in their challenge against the Administration.
The union officers say ICE Agents nationwide "are now under threat of disciplinary action, up to and including the loss of their jobs and retirements, simply for attempting to enforce federal laws."
Let's do all we can to help our nation's immigration enforcement officers.
-- ROY BECK is CEO & Founder of NumbersUSA