The acting commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Patrol (CBP) said that he believed the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) raids that started on Sunday in cities across the country received too much “hype.”
During an interview with “Fox and Friends” Monday morning, acting CBP Commissioner Mark Morgan — who also served as the Border Patrol chief under former President Barack Obama in the waning months of his administration — was asked to weigh in on the ICE raids that began over the weekend.
Morgan said that he believed the raids were “over-hyped” and “over-politicized,” and that the actions immigration officials have taken are what “ICE does every day.”
He also said that ICE’s “priority” was to go after “criminal aliens” and that he believed that the U.S. needed to engage in “targeted enforcement” against those who had “due process and received a final order of removal from a judge” but chose to stay in the country regardless.
“This is what ICE does every day. So a lot of this was over-hyped and over-politicized,” said Morgan. “ICE’s priority is always going to remain criminal aliens — those people that are here illegally and have committed additional crimes against American citizens.”
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“But also, what we need to do to support the rule of law and maintain integrity in this system is, we have to go at targeted enforcement against individuals who had due process and received a final order of removal from a judge, and they still remain here illegally,” said the acting CBP director. “We have to go after those individuals and enforce the rule of law.”
Morgan’s comments came after the Trump administration began a series of nation-wide immigration raids over the weekend.
As IJR Red previously reported, the president of the National Border Patrol Council Brandon Judd blasted the 2020 Democratic presidential primary candidates who decried ICE’s actions as being “dead wrong.”