Top ICE official defends President Trump’s immigration enforcement policies

OAN Newsroom
UPDATED 11:47 AM PT – Monday, February 11, 2019

The acting deputy director of ICE is defending President Trump’s immigration policy, and said Congress is not doing its job to protect the border.

In an interview Monday, top official Matt Albence said the reason why there are an increasing number of family arrests at the border is because lawmakers in Washington have failed to address the changing demographics crossing.

He said the type of people crossing has shifted from single adult males to whole family units who cannot be processed fast enough.

Honduran Delia Romero, 24, sits with her children in their sleeping area at a sheltered in Piedras Negras, Mexico, Tuesday, Feb. 5, 2019. A caravan of about 1,600 Central American migrants camped Tuesday in the Mexican border city of Piedras Negras, just west of Eagle Pass, Texas. (Jerry Lara/The San Antonio Express-News via AP)

Albence then addressed the Democrats demands to impose a detention bed cap, which is holding up border security negotiations.

“The president’s budget asked for 52,000 beds, which is really what me need to get the job done,” said the ICE official. “Congress hasn’t seemed fit to fund us at that level, we asked for that last year as well, but when you’re talking about the cap on the ICE beds it’s particularly disturbing because that means we’ll be releasing at least 10,000 criminals back into the communities, that means when the law enforcement agency arrests somebody for domestic violence of for sexual assault of a minor — that is in this country illegally — that ICE won’t be able to come and puck them up and if they did then we’ll probably have to release them because we wont have money to detain them.”

Albence also said ICE arrested more than 11,000 criminal illegal immigrants in President Trump’s first year in office than were detained during Obama’s final year as president.

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