FLEOA says ICE/CBP Perform Better than Congress

FLEOA Criticizes Attacks on CBP and ICE, Says Congress Shoulders Blame for Broken System

For Immediate Release

August 3, 2018

Washington, D.C. – As the nation's premier association representing all of federal law enforcement, including the brave frontline defenders in Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) believes that the attacks on those heroes who secure, protect, and defend America are little more than thinly-veiled attempts by Members of Congress to deflect the blame they all equally share for failing to secure our borders and fix our nation's immigration system.

"What has made America so exceptional is that it was founded on the rule of law and has operated as a nation of laws," said FLEOA President Nathan Catura. "As the organization that defends those who enforce the law, the current attacks by some politicians against those who ‘hold the line’ and keep America safe are veiled attempts to shed their own complicity with the failed state of our immigration system."

"The brave personnel who secure our borders, enforce our immigration laws, and keep gang members, drug cartels, and child trafficking rings off our streets are forced to work within a system those failed leaders have routinely refused to address," Catura continued. "Instead of trying to end ICE as an organization (one that, as an important aside, actually works), perhaps those politicians should look in the mirror and acknowledge their failings as a Congress and as representatives of the American people."

 Catura concluded, "Even as those failures attack the individuals keeping them safe, CBP has in 2018 already stopped over 5,000 criminal aliens from entering the United States and has interdicted, on any given day, more than 7,000 pounds of illicit drug shipments. In FY2017, ICE arrested more than 105,000 criminal aliens and has been similarly impactful this year, already arresting nearly 5,000 gang members. If you want to compare work product, we think ICE and CBP put Congress to shame."

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