ICE resolution backed by Louisiana Republicans melts in Senate

July 19, 2018 - 6:59 pm
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(WWL.com) - Louisiana’s Republican Congressional Delegation is lashing out against US Senate Democrats who blocked a House resolution from Congressman Clay Higgins that endorses the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency, or ICE. Higgins says the movement to abolish ICE endangers national security and threatens ICE agents.

“Campaign against ICE is the latest rallying cry for open borders, the latest call to prioritize illegal immigrants over American citizens.”

ICE has become a controversial agency in recent months, as the agency that has been tasked with carrying out the Trump Administration’s immigration policies such as family separations and detainment of asylum seekers.

Congressman Steve Scalise praised ICE agents for their work tracking down and deporting tens of thousands of undocumented immigrants from American communities.

“There are the people, by the way, last year alone who removed 100,000 criminals from our country."

But Immigrant advocates say ICE is being used to terrorize immigrants in Louisiana who are not a threat to public safety and who moved to the state years ago to help rebuild after Hurricane Katrina. Congress of Day Laborers Organizer Rachel Taber says the mass marches against the agency last month show its time for a change.

“Across the country, people are coming together saying we should abolish ICE. It is not right that children are being detained, it is not right that entire families are being detained. We need immigrants in the country. We are a country of immigrants.”

Higgins’ resolution passed the House 244-35. A similar resolution that would denounce those who call for the agencies abolishment has been brought in the Senate by John Kennedy.

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