ICE Warns Dem Efforts Will Quietly Release Flood of Criminal Illegal Immigrants
Albence’s warning comes as border wall negotiations on Capitol Hill crumbled over the weekend on the matter of ICE detention bed funding. President Donald Trump has signaled to White House negotiators and Capitol Hill Republicans in recent days he is willing to accept a $2 billion figure in border wall funding, two sources close to the process tell The Daily Caller.
Democrats, however, have made any acceptance of this figure contingent on an agreement to limit funding for ICE detention beds. “A cap on ICE detention beds will force the Trump administration to prioritize deportation for criminals and people who pose real security threats, not law-abiding immigrants who are contributing to our country,” congressional negotiator Lucille Roybal-Allard said in a Sunday statement.
Albence stressed that the effort will be “extremely damaging for the public safety of this country” and that the policy in effect means “ICE is being asked to ignore the very laws that Congress has already passed.”
The ICE deputy director continued that any cap on bed space for the agency would require them to tell state and local law enforcement agencies requesting removal to just release criminal illegal aliens back into their communities after their sentences have finished.
Albence sought to dispel the notion that ICE could use ankle monitors to track individuals awaiting deportation citing the high rate of absconding and concluding, "ankle monitors are woefully ineffective at removing individuals from the U.S."