Ronald Vitiello is the acting Director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (CBP photo by Glenn Fawcett)
When Ronald took Vitiello as acting head of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Saturday, he inherited an Agency under siege.
Activists have completely their outrage about President Trump, the “zero-tolerance” policy directly to the deportation division, while the anti-ICE call demonstrators took to the streets and democratic lawmakers, “the abolition of ICE cream”.
In Washington, Trump has strongly defended the Agency, and Democrats warned that the anti-ICE rhetoric will backfire at the polls.
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But in the midst of signs that the non-stop protests and political warfare, are a tribute to the morale, Vitiello is in charge of the sheep, the immigration Agency breeding by the crises, both internal and external.
“The men and women of ICE are among the most dedicated and honest law enforcement professionals in the country,” Vitiello said in a statement sent to Fox News. “I am honored to lead them, as they continue their sworn mission to enforce our nation’s immigration and customs laws and the protection of the homeland.”
It can send a signal that Vitiello comes from the ranks of the with the task, the protection of the American borders.
Vitiello began his career with the U.S. Border Patrol in 1985, where he worked, along the southern border in the vicinity of Laredo, Texas, before he was to hold various positions of leadership at the federal law enforcement agency in Texas and Vermont. In 2010, he was the former President Barack Obama as Deputy chief of the Border Patrol and served as Deputy chief of the Agency from 2015 to 2016
If trump came to office, he promoted the Vitiello, chief of the Border Patrol and finally, deputy commissioner of Customs and Border Protection, before you to lead tapped from Trump once again ICE after the retirement of the Deputy Director, Thomas D. Homann. Trump has yet to serve someone formally nominate as a Director.
“I am pleased to be on the ICE, which further led by an experienced and well-respected career law enforcement officer, is said to be a strong supporter of the Agency with its employees,” Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen in a statement. The ICE is in DHS and is charged with the execution of hundreds of Federal immigration statutes.
Holman officers was a strong supporter of the ICE deportation and a big opponent of the sanctuary cities, of which, he said, put his officers in danger and risked the safety of the community. Vitiello was described as having a softer approach to the leadership than his predecessor, but also one that inspires the loyalty.
“He is a quiet and pensive as the [outgoing Director Thomas] Homan, but he’s still a cop,” a former DHS official told quartz that while the CBP spokesman Daniel Hetlage called him “one of those managers you want to work.”
His reputation will be put to the test, as the Agency takes up much of the political heat about a justice Department policy that called for across-the-board law enforcement for illegal border crossers — in turn, leads to the separation of about 2,000 children from their parents because of the decades-old detention rules. Trump has since the divisions ordered to be stopped, but it is still not throttled, calls for the “abolition of the ICE.”
Hundreds of thousands of demonstrators took more than 700 marches across the country to protest over the weekend, the family separations. They gathered on the lawn in front of a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas, in the vicinity of a detention centre, where the children of migrants were kept in cages, and on a street corner in the vicinity of Trump to spend the golf resort in Bedminster, New Jersey, where the President was, the weekend.
Tweet Saturday from New Jersey, Trump urged ICE to fear agent, “or you will lose your soul” and wrote that “the radical left Dems, you want to get out. Next, all of the police.”
A number of prominent Democrats for the outright elimination of ICE.
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand in New York, said ICE “will of the deportation power”, told CNN late Thursday, “you should get rid of it, start it again, reimagine and build something that really works.”
Rep. Mark Pocan, a Democrat from Wisconsin, said last week that he plans to introduce legislation to eliminate ICE.
Trump tweeted on Saturday morning that the Democrats “a strong impetus to the abolition of the ICE, one of the smartest, toughest and most spirited of the law enforcement groups of men and women I’ve ever seen.”
In an interview, the Saturday, Maria Bartiromo, Trump aired on Fox News’ added that “we have strong boundaries. We don’t want crime…The Democrats want to have no limits. You want to get rid of, on ICE.”
The pressure Vitiello faces in his new role, not just from outside critics. There are numerous reports of concern among ICE agents.
“Even the cops don’t like us because they listen to the news,” one ICE agent, who did not want his name, told the Los Angeles Times. In California, many police departments have a long-standing policy against working with ICE to detain people on immigration charges.
The backlash against the ICE has been heated so that the senior officials of the Agency, criminal investigative division sent a letter to DHS Secretary Nielsen in the last month urging an organisational split of the ICE.
The letter, signed by the majority of the special agents in charge of ICE-Homeland Security Investigative Division (HSI), argues that the Homeland Security Investigative Division, and ICE the other division, enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), in two separate organizations. While the work of ERO is more known as arrest and deportations, HSI focuses its work on TRANS-national terrorism, narcotics enforcement, human trafficking and other crimes.
“In many countries continue to refuse to work with HSI because of a perceived connection to the policy of the bourgeois immigration,” wrote the agent in the letter, which was that of the Washington Post. “Other legal systems, voices, and partner with HSI as long as the” ICE ” name is excluded from any public-facing information.”
The Associated Press contributed to this report.