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Me now is the president of the national immigration isn't the customs enforcement counsel Chris crane.
Back with -- Chris thank you for being with us again.
All right this week.
On the senate passed overwhelmingly the gang of eight immigration bill that had the -- and -- amendment that supposedly -- border security.
Not quite ready to say this is a great idea why not.
Well there's so many reasons governor and I hope that they're gonna come out in the weeks and months to come because the American public really needs to know how bad this legislation has spent.
-- -- give you one example.
Of the illegal aliens currently present in the United States again that's 40% almost half of our entire immigration problem.
Isn't even addressed.
By this bill these are individuals that came here on visas they came into United States legally.
And it doesn't matter if we have 101020002.
Million Border Patrol agents.
They'll never be able to stop people to come here legally on visas and then overstayed those pieces and I like -- said this bill completely ignores the enforcement.
Of those 40% are almost half of our entire illegal immigration problem in the United States now.
Chris the station that a lot of people -- -- understand there's a difference between the Border Patrol agents who actually control the border itself.
-- immigration agents like yourself the ice agents who deal with the immigrants once they've crossed that border so here's an important question.
We hear a lot about border security's going to be increased.
How much increase in this bill is directed toward those -- you.
Whose job it is to deal with a 40% of the illegal immigrants were already here and those who might yet come.
Well we actually had zero new officers and agents we had zero new resources in this legislation.
And like you pointed out the Border Patrol stands on the line they stand on the border and they try to keep illegal immigration out of our country at the border.
Everything in between those borders is policed -- ice agents we currently have 5000.
Ice agents ice immigration officers and fifty states Guam and Puerto Rico.
I'm trying to enforce our our nation's.
Immigration laws -- where were completely overwhelming in the Los Angeles police department has 101000 officers and we only have 5000.
So and again we got zero new resources and officers in this -- zero.
Additional assistance but a lot of the burden is gonna fall -- you guys.
Did you communicate fisted people like some of the rubio and others and and if you did what kind of response did you get.
Well we did communicate directly with senator -- actually met with him on two separate occasions personally.
-- I know with the staff on multiple other occasions senator rubio and his staff assured us.
In writing that there would be amendments to this bill that would provide for interior enforcement he appeared shocked.
I'm when -- when we talked to him about the problems we're having it out in the field with how you know that -- the small number of officers we have to do this this job.
Again they assured us that we would have -- in this legislation and it never happened and we continued to try to keep the lines of communication open windows office and at some point they just kind of stopped communicating with us.
And done nothing was -- -- to the builders to address these problems and he talks with members of the house and are you more optimistic -- when he gets over there.
But they will listen to the fact that there is a big issue I can't believe the only a 5000 agents for the entire.
United States of America that's that that's a shock.
It is shocking governor and and there's so much more to be sad about it I mean we also are responsible for policing approximately thirty million.
Legal -- aliens in the United States who may commit crimes and convicted of those crimes.
That may -- need to be removed from the United States because they violated their status here.
But yes we have been talking on the house side and it's a day and night difference.
Folks on the house side are are warning to work with us they have been working with us there are two pieces of legislation out there right now one from.
I Democrat congressman John Barrow in Georgia as well as Republican congressman -- dowdy.
And they address a lot of these concerns we have they provide more ice officers for the interior the United States they also do important things like.
You know allow us to.
Assist gang task forces and local communities and drug task forces and local communities.
Let us work more closely with law enforcement crackdown on sex offenders fraud.
And other aggravated felonies things that.
The senate bill.
Don't -- people don't realize that the senate bill allows a path to citizenship.
Four members of criminal street gangs it allows path to citizenship.
Four people who have been convicted of three or more.
Criminal offenses its -- terrible bill.
And -- I'm not sure you're aware or this or not governor but the Border Patrol came out.
In opposition to this bill yesterday ice there's already an opposition to it.
Citizenship and immigration services organization that screens these -- these visa applications for fraud and terrorist and criminal activities.
They are opposed to this.
There are hundreds of sheriff's nationwide who have come out in opposition to this including 80% of the sheriffs in North Carolina.
Law enforcement across the nation its historic.
The law enforcement opposition's opposition to this bill Chris it's always enlightening to have you and I appreciate again your being here and give us a perspective that I think.
Maybe congress ought to listen to and that would be yours.
Sadly your organization has had actually sue the federal government just.
Puts -- demand to be able to enforce the laws we'll follow up with you on that thanks again for being here it's always a plus.
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