The National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council has never before endorsed any politician. On Sunday, the union – which represents more than 5,000 federal immigration officers – broke with tradition and offered their full support to Republican nominee Donald Trump. In a statement, the group’s president, Chris Crane, said that only Trump would enforce the law.
“The unconstitutional executive orders of President Obama, embraced by Hillary Clinton, have forced our officers to violate their oaths to uphold the law and placed every person living in America at risk – including increased risk of terrorism,” said Crane in the statement. “Our officers are prevented from enforcing the most basic immigration laws, including laws against illegal work, illegal entry, illegal overstay and also the public charge law.”
The union conducted a poll of their membership to determine which way an endorsement should go; Clinton received a paltry 5% of the vote.
“Hillary Clinton created her immigration agenda with the same collection of special interests and open-borders radicals who are responsible for our current immigration disaster — all in the name of cheap labor, greed and votes,” Crane warned.
“By contrast, Donald Trump reached out to us for a meeting, sat down with me to discuss his goals for enforcement, and pledged to support ICE officers, our nation’s laws and our members,” he said. “In his immigration policy, he has outlined core policies needed to restore immigration security — including support for increased interior enforcement and border security, an end to Sanctuary Cities, an end to catch-and-release, mandatory detainers, and the canceling of executive amnesty and non-enforcement directives.”
Crane said that the American public was not privy to the full extent of the damage done by a broken immigration system. The media, he said, has been compliant in shielding Americans from the horrors of illegal immigration and all of the mayhem that comes with it.
This should not come as a surprise to anyone who watched the hysterical overreaction to Trump’s original campaign announcement. Even today, you can barely get through a news cycle without hearing someone express fake outrage about the “rapists” remark. We are led to believe that all illegal immigrants are college-bound DREAMers, widows, orphans, and military heroes.
As Crane puts it: “America has been lied to about every aspect of immigration in the United States.”
There’s a reason why both the ICE union and the National Rifle Association made Trump the exception to their longstanding “no endorsements” policy. In Trump, both groups see a man willing to go further than previous politicians to protect America’s rights. And in Hillary Clinton, both groups detect a clear and present danger.
But when it comes down to it, these endorsements may have less to do with Clinton and Trump than they do with timing. Both of these organizations see that we’re standing at a crossroads. Today, in 2016, there is still time to undo the worst of Obama’s liberal agenda. It won’t be easy and it won’t be pretty, but it’s not impossible.
Will we be able to say the same after four years of Hillary Clinton? By endorsing Trump, the NRA and the NICEC are saying: “We don’t know.” And when you think about what’s really at stake, that realization is truly disturbing.