There is no doubt that Immigration officials are the new whipping boys for the left. This is to be expected given the President’s push to make good on his earlier campaign promise to crack down on illegal immigration. But now a member of the U.S. House of Representatives has gone as far as attempting to regulate what ICE agents can wear.
On April 6th Rep. Nydia M. Velazquez (D-NY) introduced H.B. 2073. Although the complete text is not yet available, the House website offers the following description:
” To amend section 287 of Immigration and Nationality Act to prohibit immigration officers or agents of the Department of Homeland Security from wearing clothing or other items bearing the word “police”. “
In an interview with the Washington Post, Rep. Velazquez admitted that the bill is unlikely to see any action. If it were there is little doubt President Trump would veto it faster than an invite to dine with the Clintons. But that’s not really the point.
The fact that the current President was elected on a strong immigration enforcement platform should make it clear to all elected officials that Americans are sick of the blatant disregard for our immigration laws. Even legal immigrants are upset by the fact that so many others enter the country and benefit from our freedoms without first following the same steps they did. Instead of defending those who broke the law, or attacking those sworn to uphold it, our elected officials need to work with the President to fix the problem.
Rep. Velazquez claims the real reason for introducing this bill is to show “there are ways to implement immigration in communities without instilling fear”. But what it will end up doing is further dividing the nation and possibly placing ICE agents at risk.
Consider for a moment why Federal Agents wear gear saying “police” rather than simply “ICE Agent” or “DHS” – easy recognition. Not everyone knows what “ICE”, “DHS” or even “Federal Agent” means. This is especially true for those coming here from other countries who may suffer from a language barrier. But EVERYONE knows what “POLICE” means.
Police is a universal title. Variations of it are used worldwide and it may be the most easily understood word anyone will hear or see regardless of nationality. By using this title agents are instantly recognised as what they are – law enforcement officers. This recognition, also known as officer presence, is the first step in the Use of Force Continuum. Remove it and agents will undoubtedly face increased resistance, some of which could escalate. In the end, a non-English speaking defendant could easily claim “I didn’t know who they were.”
Plus, federal agents are police. By definition police are “the people or department of people who enforce laws, investigate crime and enforce laws”. That is exactly what DHS agents do. They enforce, investigate and make arrests for violations of immigration laws.
Rep. Velazquez, please stop the showboating. Stop wasting your time with such nonsense and focus on actually taking steps to fix the problem. If that means introducing legislation which overhauls the current immigration system so be it, but worrying about what clothing an agent wears is a waste of everyone’s time.
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