House Democrats are moving to gut Immigration and Customs Enforcement — the federal agency responsible for arresting and deporting illegal immigrants — amid a raging southern border crisis that has grown exponentially since President Biden took office.
The House Appropriations Committee last week approved a plan to substantively makeover the portion of ICE that deals with illegal immigration, known as Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO), along with changes to how federal law enforcement officers would handle migrants.
But progressive Democrats, some of whom called in 2018 for the outright abolishment of ICE, did not stop there.
“With the new budget, what they’re doing right now is they’re tearing ICE apart. The end game is tearing it up piece by piece,” said Tom Homan, a three-decade federal immigration officer who oversaw ICE during the Trump administration.
The House Appropriations Committee has approved a plan that would fundamentally change the Enforcement and Removal Operations part of ICE.Smith Collection/Gado/Getty Images