Sessions, Goodlatte Call On President To Meet With ICE Whistleblowers

By: Press Release
By: Press Release

WASHINGTON—U.S. Sen. Jeff Sessions (R-AL) and Congressman Bob Goodlatte (R-VA) sent a letter to President Obama calling on the President to meet with the ICE whistleblowers who have been shut out of the White House despite requesting a meeting three months ago. The statement is as follows:

“To be effective any immigration reform bill must heed the warnings from our federal immigration agents. Unfortunately, far from being included in the process, ICE officers have been shut out and have even had their day-to-day operations handcuffed by DHS officials to the point of being unable to carry out their sworn duties. These brave whistleblowers have been left with no other option but to file a lawsuit in federal court to fight the abuse of power from DHS leadership… Our federal immigration officers risk their lives every day to protect the American public, defend the rule of law, and enforce the laws passed by Congress on the people’s behalf. No sound reform of our immigration system can exclude their legitimate concerns.”

The letter has been included below:
Dear Mr. President:

We write today to express concern over the exclusion of immigration and customs enforcement officers and their representatives from the negotiations surrounding immigration reform. It is our understanding that the National ICE Council, which represents over 7,000 Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and support staff nationwide, requested a meeting with the Administration three months ago to weigh in on immigration policy and share their firsthand concerns over the breakdown of interior enforcement. To date, they have received no meeting invitation.

Attached is a letter from the ICE Council and law enforcement officials across the country detailing their concerns with S. 744, along with a statement from the National Citizenship and Immigration Services Council.

To be effective any immigration reform bill must heed the warnings from our federal immigration agents. Unfortunately, far from being included in the process, ICE officers have been shut out and have even had their day-to-day operations handcuffed by DHS officials to the point of being unable to carry out their sworn duties. These brave whistleblowers have been left with no other option but to file a lawsuit in federal court to fight the abuse of power from DHS leadership.

Our federal immigration officers risk their lives every day to protect the American public, defend the rule of law, and enforce the laws passed by Congress on the people’s behalf. No sound reform of our immigration system can exclude their legitimate concerns. I therefore respectfully encourage your administration to meet with representatives from the National ICE Council as soon as possible and to hear the views of their rank-and-file officers. It is clear that any lawful immigration system in the future will require increased ICE resources and enforcement authority.

Very truly yours,

Senator Jeff Sessions
Representative Bob Goodlatte


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