FLEOA Defends ICE, CBP Officers/Agents

For Immediate Release

January 27, 2020

WASHINGTON, DC – Larry Cosme, National President of the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA), today issued the following statement for responding to calls from Members of Congress to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) made over the weekend. 

"Senator Sanders and Representative Ocasio-Cortez are living in fantasyland if they think abolishing ICE and CBP will make our nation safer,” said President Cosme. "The brave women and men that work in ICE and CBP not only protect our borders, but they also investigate and stop violent gang members, transnational criminals, human trafficking organizations, and money launderers. These groups enter the country illegally and prey on both U.S. citizens and individuals desperate to live in our nation.”

"We are a nation of laws. If Sen. Sanders and Rep. Ocasio-Cortez don’t like the laws ICE and CBP enforce, we suggest they do the hard work in Congress to change the laws rather than attacking those tasked with enforcing them,” Cosme furthered. "Instead of always criticizing ICE and CBP, it would be helpful if both members took the time to visit ports of entry at land, sea, and air locations to witness the outstanding work these employees do to protect our homeland.”

"Unless they are willing to strap on a gun and badge and hold a post, we suggest they get out of fantasyland and realize that without ICE and CBP, the ‘sanctuary city’ nation they dream of would be overrun with the same dangerous individuals that neither representative wants placed in their city and state.” Cosme concluded, "FLEOA commends all those working in ICE and CBP. It takes more than words to protect this nation and those that criticize these agents often don’t really know the lengths they go to to keep America safe.”

FLEOA is the nation’s largest non-partisan, not-for-profit professional association representing more than 27,000 federal law enforcement officers and agents across 65 federal agencies.