Draining the swamp is no easy task.
Immigration officers helped propel Donald Trump to the Oval Office, but now they’re feeling left behind.
U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers believed in Trump’s tough message on illegal immigration, but have found their hands tied to do much about it, thanks in large part to Obama holdovers, the Washington Times reported.
After complaints reportedly went unheeded, frustrated ICE officials launched a new website with the hope to light a fire under the Trump administration.
“ICE Officers grudgingly admit that the only President they ever endorsed hasn’t kept his word, and many officers now feel betrayed,” a statement by officers reads on the new website.
ICE Council President Chris Crane says he still believes Trump will deliver on his promises, but admits many within the rank and file are feeling increasingly frustrated and “stabbed in the back.”
In an open letter to President Trump, Crane gives a blistering account of what he says ICE agents are having to endure:
We understand that as President of the United States you are extremely busy with a plethora of critically important matters, but we ask that time permitting you step in to assist the men and women of ICE in our efforts to eliminate corruption and gross mismanagement within the Agency.
Crane also went on to elaborate with a few horrifying examples, including the following:
Knowing you personally, I know you will furious to know that we have ICE managers ordering their own officers in the field not to wear bullet proof vest because illegal aliens might find it offensive.
Crane said he can’t accept a policy that would knowingly put an officer’s life at risk for the sake of political correctness and demanded the immediate termination of any and all managers that authorize such rules.
Crane cited numerous and specific incidences of gross mismanagement and corruption before ending his letter with a personal plea.
“I assure our officers daily that the only President ever endorsed by ICE Officers has not turned his back on them, he’s simply not aware of what’s happening. Unable to penetrate your staff and communicate with you were left with no choice but to communicate publicly…
I respectfully maintain my long-standing request to meet with you directly.”
The new website was set up for ICE agent whistleblowers to openly report abuses within the agency. One post, (that was addressed in Crain’s letter) accuses acting ICE director Tom Homan of taking hundreds of law enforcement vehicles from field officers to give them to ICE managers for the purpose of driving to and from work. The whistleblower also accused Tom Homan of doling out millions of taxpayer dollars in free gas for the managers.
“It’s a punch in the throat to our officers in the field, said Officer Felix Luciano, San Diego Local President. “It’s demoralizing to see our own supervisors steal from the American public and care so little about our officers and law enforcement mission. It’s embarrassing to call these people our bosses.”
The new website’s “About Us” page reads as follows:
The JIC Report is a revolutionary new website that allows employee whistleblowers from within Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to communicate directly with the American people in an effort to create public awareness, provide oversight and transparency, and seek an end to corruption and mismanagement within ICE and the Department of Homeland Security (DHS).
This is not an anti-Trump site (ICE employees endorsed the President), it is, however, our only means of correcting an agency that is grossly mismanaged and has no outside oversight.
President Trump is just returning from a successful trip in Asia. There has been no comment yet from the White House on the new website, but you can be sure, it’s coming.
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