WASHINGTON D.C. (News4Utah)- House Republicans are throwing their support around the agency responsible for carrying out the president’s zero-tolerance immigration policy at the southern border.
Wednesday, the House is expected to vote on a resolution backing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE.
This comes days after Republican House Leaders canceled a vote on a Democratic bill to get rid of ICE saying the agency overreached its authority and is out of control.
Texas Republic Congressman Michael McCaul says the thousands of U.S. ICE agents protecting our southern border are American heroes.
The House of Representatives approved a resolution supporting the agents Wednesday.
“To show that we are supportive of the men and women working every day to protect Americans,” McCaul said.
Protestors have demanded that the U.S. abolish ICE. They say ICE agents are terrorizing immigrants.
McCaul admits ICE has had a tough time because of the president’s immigration policy.
“I know that the face of it right now are these unaccompanied minors at the border, but they do a lot more than that that protects Americans every day,” he said.
Democrats say instead of supporting ICE, Congress should be supporting migrant families.
“Of course we need immigration law enforcement and secure borders, but this resolution ignores many wrongs of ICE,” said Congressman Lloyd Doggett (D-Texas).
Doggett says the resolution is just a love letter from Republicans to Ice and doesn’t actually accomplish anything.
Democratic Minority Whip Steny Hoyer says Congress needs to take up legislation to reunite the thousands of children still separated from their parents.
“Republicans are not doing a single thing to address the crisis of children…It’s an outrageous attempt to hide the continuous suffering of children behind a partisan attack on Democrats,” he said.
A federal court has set a July 26 deadline for the government to reunite the migrant children with their families.