Law Enforcement Conference Call: Gang Of 8 Agreement Would Mean Legalization First, Enforcement Maybe Never

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Audio conference call with Chris Crane, President of the National ICE Council
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Chris Crane
Article date: 
6 April 2013
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National News
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On April 3, 2013, Chris Crane hosted a media conference call to sound the alarm about immigration reform / legalization efforts that emphasize amnesty over enforcement. Crane stated:

I’d like to begin by quoting Senator Chuck Schumer from this past weekend on NBC’s ‘Meet the Press.’ The quote is his basic description of how he believes the Gang of 8’s proposed legislation on comprehensive immigration reform will work. Senator Schumer stated, ‘We’ve come to a basic agreement, which is that first, people will be legalized. Then, we will make surre the border is secure.’ So the plan of the Gang of 8 appears to be legal immigration or amnesty first and then enforcement. That’s the big problem for us. We know much stronger interior enforcement is needed but continues to be ignored by the President and others because this is more about amnesty or legalization than truly addressing illegal immigration.

Here’s my promise to America, if we don’t take care of the enforcement part of this first it will never happen. The only thing that will happen is that 11 million illegal aliens will be legalized.”... We are not even scratching the surface on the criminal alien problem in the United States," he said. "So when the magic wand is waved over 11 million illegal aliens and they suddenly become legal, we anticipate that millions could be criminals, but now they will have legal rights. So ICE will still be required to enforce immigration law against all 11 million until they become citizens, but our ability to enforce those laws will be far more difficult and far more time intensive."

Chris Crane is President of the National ICE Council representing 7,600 law Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agents, Officers and support staff. Chris Crane is an ICE officer and a former Marine.

U.S. Senator Jeff Sessions (R-AL)  placed 21 minutes of the conference call on Youtube: Law Enforcement Conference Call On Gang Of 8. If the audio is unavailable from Youtube, you can download and listen to the audio here: Chris Crane media conference call on amnesty and enforcement (the audio is equalized for clarity but content is not altered or edited).

For more excerpts from Chris Crane's call, see ICE union hammers Gang of 8: Their plan is ‘legalization, or amnesty first, and then enforcement’.