U.S. SENATE —U.S. Senator Steve Daines today delivered remarks on the U.S. Senate floor to thank the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents for all the work they are doing and will continue to do to protect Americans.
On July 13, 2018 Senator Daines sponsored a resolution supporting ICE.
Remarks as prepared:
ICE agents keep our borders secure and I want to thank them for the important work they are doing
Far too many people are coming into our country illegally and putting the safety and security of American citizens at risk
In Montana, the effects of unsecured borders are personal
All across our state, communities are torn apart by the meth and opioids that are trafficked through the southern border
Just last year, ICE seized nearly 50 tons of narcotics, nearly a million pounds of heroin, fentanyl, and other deadly drugs that criminals and cartels are smuggling into our country
At a time when America is suffering from a drug epidemic, how many more lives would be lost if ICE agents were not protecting our borders?
And how many more innocent Americans would be harmed or murdered if we did not have ICE agents to arrest illegal immigrants with criminal convictions?
These are the questions that those who call for the abolishment of ICE should be asking
It is outrageous and irresponsible to call for abolishing one of our country’s most critical security measures
Abolishing ICE would give terrorist, gang members, and criminals a field day
I stand for protecting Americans’ security
I stand for upholding the rule of law
And that’s why, I stand with ICE.