President Trump Discusses Importance of Federal Law Enforcement at State of the Union

Federal law enforcement took center stage at the State of the Union address this week. President Trump discussed the importance of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and invited a current ICE officer to the address.

President Trump made note of the 266,000 arrests of illegal immigrants made by ICE officers in the last year.

In attendance at the address was ICE special agent Elvin Hernandez.

Trump explained Hernandez’s story, “When Elvin was a boy, he and his family legally immigrated to the United States from the Dominican Republic. At the age of eight, Elvin told his dad he wanted to become a Special Agent. Today, he leads investigations into the scourge of international sex trafficking… Thanks to his work and that of his colleagues, more than 300 women and girls have been rescued from horror and more than 1,500 sadistic traffickers have been put behind bars in the last year.”

President Trump followed this narrative with a call for Congress to implement “humanitarian assistance, more law enforcement, drug detection at our ports, closing loopholes that enable child smuggling, and plans for a new physical barrier, or wall, to secure the vast areas between our ports of entry.”

Groups such as the Federal Law Enforcement Officers Association (FLEOA) praised President Trump for his commitment to federal agents and officers.

In a letter to President Trump, FLEOA President Nathan Catura explains, “Border Security is the fundamental element of any nation’s independence… President Trump, we commend you for affirming your support for men and women in uniform on the border during the State of the Union. As noted, it is now the job of Congress to pass real reforms to secure the border and protect law enforcement officers.”

In the Democratic rebuttal by Stacy Abrams, Abrams pledged that “Democrats stand ready to effectively secure our ports and borders” and affirmed that “compassionate treatment at the border is not the same as open borders.”

The government is vulnerable to another partial shutdown on February 15 if a deal between Democrats and Republicans on immigration, which the President will sign, is not reached.

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