Will Tester Sign Resolution Supporting ICE?
As liberal activists and Democrat candidates from New York City to Billings, Montana are jumping on the "defund ICE" or "abolish ICE" bandwagon, Montana Senator Steve Daines (R-MT) is sponsoring a resolution to support US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
ICE agents keep our borders secure and I want to thank them for the important work they are doing, said Daines. Far too many people are coming into our country illegally and putting the safety and security of American citizens at risk. In Montana, the effects of unsecured borders are personal. All across our state, communities are torn apart by the meth and opioids that are trafficked through the southern border. I am committed to fighting to protect ICE and all the Americans its agents protect.
In a press release sent Wednesday, Daines' added:
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement performs vital functions that protect American families. Last year, agents worked tirelessly around the clock to rescue 1,422 victims of human trafficking. More than 900 of those victims were children. ICE agents also removed a million pounds of narcotics and more than 4,800 gang members from the streets of this country. Those numbers are just a small fraction of the nearly 127,000 arrests made by ICE agents last year against people who came here and committed violent crimes against law-abiding Americans. Those criminals were responsible for more than 50,000 assaults, 2,000 kidnappings and 1,800 homicides.
Additional sponsors include U.S. Senators John Kennedy (R-La.) Tom Cotton (R-Ark.), David Perdue (R-Ga.), Chuck Grassley (R-Iowa), John Cornyn (R-Texas), Mike Rounds (R-S.D.), Bill Cassidy (R-La.), Cindy Hyde-Smith (R-Miss.), Jim Inhofe (R-Okla.), Roy Blunt (R- Mo.), Tom Tillis (R-N.C.) Ted Cruz (R-Texas), and Ron Johnson (R-Wis.).
This certainly begs the question: will Senator Jon Tester (D-MT) sign on to the resolution supporting ICE? This oughta' be an easy one for him.