ICE Agents Shut Out of Immigration Reform Talks By White House


It looks like unionized Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents are starting to make some noise against the White House and AFL-CIO President Richard Trumka about being shut out of talks involving immigration reform. They expressed concern about how such reform would affect federal agents, specifically those that are in the Border Patrol and work along the United States/Mexico border.

Yahoo News reports,

Unions “did have at one point some differences” on the issue, but “the entire labor movement is entirely behind this now,” Trumka said. “We’ll be at the table the whole time this thing is being developed to make sure it meets the needs of workers.” Once it’s drafted, he continued, “we’ll be pushing this thing [with a] full-fledged campaign” aimed at both public opinion and wary lawmakers.

“We’ll be targeting those in the House or the Senate that either are recalcitrant and don’t want to do anything or aren’t where they need to be," he said.

However, unionized ICE agents say, “No President Trumka, there are still differences within the AFL-CIO, and you don’t speak for us.”

Chris Crane , President of the National ICE Council which represents approximately 7,000 ICE Agents, Officers and employees, said, "It's shocking. The last time I checked, all of the heavy hitters within immigration enforcement to include ICE, the U.S. Border Patrol and U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services were all excluded by the AFL-CIO from policy planning and input – and we're all AFL-CIO affiliates. With most of the nation's immigration enforcement experts at his fingertips, to include immigration officers, agents and attorneys, Trumka has refused our union input on comprehensive immigration reform."

In a statement released by the ICE Union they wrote:

Regarding comments made by both Trumka and President Obama on defending workers and their rights, ICE Agents say they won’t be entrusting AFL-CIO President Trumka to speak on their behalf during comprehensive immigration reform talks. Citing a February White House meeting between top Obama advisor Cecilia Munoz and Union Presidents representing approximately 50,000 unionized federal law enforcement officers, ICE Agents state that Trumka simply didn’t come through for their workers in their time of need, and continues to ignore the workplace issues they face.

"We went directly to the Obama administration as well as the AFL-CIO with real matters of life and death for unionized American law enforcement officers and they shunned us," Crane explained, "we're talking about 50,000 AFL-CIO affiliate members. We asked both the AFL-CIO and President Obama for help with corruption within our respective Federal law enforcement agencies, climbing officer suicide rates, assaults against officers, and perhaps most alarming, offenses against pregnant female employees. Following the White House meeting, the Obama Administration cut us off. Cecilia Munoz refuses to correspond with us, and President Trumka hasn't so much as made one public comment fighting for the safety of AFL-CIO federal law enforcement officers. He just doesn't speak on behalf of our union workers."

These ICE agents warned that to disregard them and their input in the matter of creating immigration reform will result in further immigration policies. "Respectfully, we see a lot of problems with the recently proposed reforms and we plan to exercise our rights as American's to participate in the democratic process and voice those concerns publicly in the upcoming months; we hope to do so without groups like the AFL-CIO demonizing us for expressing a different opinion."

One would think on this issue that those on the front lines should be consulted in the matter, but it looks like the guys at the top, those most corrupt in the matter, will be saying that they speak for those they represent, in spite of the disapproval of those same individuals.

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  • http://www.facebook.com/tess.comments Tess Comments

    No to any form of amnesty ofr ANY Illegal immigrant residing in the USA.
    If you do not want your family separated, do not come to the USA illegally, do not stay in the USA if you are Illegal. There is nothing stopping Legal Immigrants or US citizens from going back home with their illegal family members.

    Proper Immigration Reform.
    Enforce Current US Immigration Laws already on the books.
    Better Border Control.
    Finsih the Border Fence.
    Follow-up on Expired Visas.
    Get rid of Sanctuary Cities.
    No Government, Federal, State or Local payments to Illegal Immigrants.

  • pearl87

    Nothing new here. Unions represent the union leadership, not the membership. It is a scandal of incredible importance to which, once again, the MSM will not alert the American people. However, even when the people are aware and take action by protesting to their representatives and petitioning the govt and holding rallies, we are ignored. It is time to recognize that we no longer have representative govt, it is an oligarchy which is deaf to the needs of the population.

  • kysteelgirl

    It is going to be up to the PEOPLE to defeat this amnesty. It should be obvious to everyone by now that neither party is looking out for "normal, middle-class Americans". We must call & e-mail, join anti-illegal immigration organizations. We have defeated 7 amnesties We can do it again if moderate R & D standup & make our voices heard. We are the ones that will be most affected. We must do this for our children, grandchildren & their grandchildren, not to mention our country.
    NUMBERSUSA dot com

  • http://www.facebook.com/people/Jesse-Peterson/100003526607299 Jesse Peterson

    The fix is in.
    America will be destroyed unless we march on Washington with pitchforks and torches.

  • Shane

    This is not "comprehensive immigration reform," but a mass amnesty for illegal aliens whose purpose is to get the votes of Hispanics. Bipartisan immigration reform plan will cost trillions
    http://dailycaller.com/2013/01/31/expert-bipartisan-immigration-reform-bill-will-cost-trillions/
    Robert Rector, a senior research fellow with the Heritage Foundation, expects the bipartisan immigration reform proposal, which includes a path to citizenship, will end up costing taxpayers more over time than the trillion-dollar calculations he testified to during debate over the 2007 immigration reform bill.

    “[The proposal] seems to be virtually identical to the 2007 bill and would be extremely costly to the U.S. taxpayers,” Rector told The Daily Caller in a Wednesday interview. “Granting amnesty or legal status to illegals will generate costs in Medicare and Social Security alone of $2.5 trillion above any taxes paid in.”

  • http://www.facebook.com/tess.comments Tess Comments

    Amnesty is Not the Answer.
    History shows that Amnesty does NOT stop the flow of illegal immigrants into the USA.
    Once the illegal immigrants get Amnesty, will they still want to work at jobs that pay low wages?

    • don

      lets see back in the 80s it was amnesty an then we will fix border. ah its 2013 amnesty an then border. have we took leave of what sense we have left? the goverment refuses to do what needes to be done. its nothing but the power-money- an the dam voters they will get. rubio an the rest of the gang of 8 same as the last gang of 8 their not interested in fixing this. rubio just looking out for his own. fix the borders or sit down an shut the hell up..

  • Kent2012

    how about a strike? that is what other unions due..........