WASHINGTON, D.C. – The U.S. House of Representatives passed Congressman Clay Higgins’ (R-LA) bill H. Res. 990 today, affirming congressional support for Immigration & Customs Enforcement (ICE) and denouncing Democrats’ radical “abolish ICE” movement.
The calls to abolish ICE come only one year after 159 House Democrats voted to pass landmark legislation reauthorizing ICE and other Department of Homeland Security (DHS) component agencies for the first time since their inception after 9/11.
ICE plays a critical role in enforcing our immigration laws. ICE agents are America’s frontline defenders against human trafficking, drug trafficking, and weapons trafficking. These brave men and women keep violent gang members and criminal aliens off our streets.
Notably, 133 House Democrats refused to go on record as supportive of ICE and refused to condemn radical calls to abolish ICE. 133 Democrats voted “present,” and 34 Democrats voted against Congressman Higgins’ resolution.
“Despite the rhetoric being pushed by the Left, the American people support Immigration & Customs Enforcement. Their service should be respected,” said Congressman Higgins. “The American people now know where every member of Congress stands on this issue. Democrats have made their support for open borders very clear. To vote ‘present’ on our resolution reflects fear. I am proud to represent a Conservative coalition standing with ICE agents and for the rule of law.”
“On behalf of the men and women of ICE, I want to thank Congressman Higgins for having our backs and taking a stand to support ICE law enforcement officers and staff, especially at a time like this,” added Chris Cane, President of the National ICE Council and an active duty ICE Officer. “As a law enforcement veteran himself, Congressman Higgins gets it. He understands what ICE officers and employees go through on a daily basis and the threats and dangers we face in enforcing our nation’s laws. He understands that ICE personnel simply want to go out, do our jobs and protect our communities. We praise Congressman Higgins for his service, his leadership, and his lifelong dedication to law and order and standing up for those who keep us safe.”