ICE Agents Take On the Amnesty Lobbyists
Chris Crane, President of the National Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Council, is waging a lonely battle against the Washington lobbyists who are determined to pass an immigration bill this year that will provide amnesty for millions of illegals living in the United States.
Crane has been fighting the lobbyists and their cohorts in Congress for months. At every turn, they ignore him and refuse to hear the concerns of the approximately 7,000 ICE agents, officers, and staff in Crane’s organization.
Talk among House Republicans that immigration reform is off the table for the year is a deceptive smokescreen. Crane is moving forward. He is taking his concerns directly to the biggest corporations and organizations that funnel campaign money to the lawmakers who can deliver new voters and cheap labor.
In a letter this month to 24 corporations and interest groups, Crane did not mince words. He requested a meeting with each one to seek answers to three questions.
- Are you really willing to support an immigration plan that will put officers and the public in danger simply because it includes special items that advance the financial or political interests of your group or company?
- Are we in law enforcement not worthy of your respect?
- Do you believe that our experience and advice is without value in creating new immigration legislation?
“It is a sad day in America when political classes in Washington,” Crane wrote, “and groups that can deliver votes and money, have more influence in writing our immigration laws than everyday American citizens and law enforcement officers sworn to protect them.”
Crane told the lobbyists that ICE officers know more about the nation’s broken immigration system that any group in the United States, yet President Obama and the Senate’s Gang of Eight prohibited them from having any input into immigration legislation.
“Only influential and affluent groups and wealthy individuals like you were given an opportunity to provide real input on our nation’s new immigration laws,” Crane wrote. “As ICE officers fought a very public battle seeking to add measures that would provide for public safety and national security, you did nothing to assist or support us, but in fact – through your advocacy – put officers and the public at risk.”
During the course of his career, Walker has worked in Chicago, Washington DC, New York City, and Phoenix. He served as a reporter in Chicago, a press secretary and speechwriter in Washington, and in numerous positions in New York in corporate and financial services communications.
Walker is a graduate of the University of Wisconsin and the Medill School of Journalism at Northwestern University.