Former ICE Agent: Trump Policies Not Drastic, He's 'Returning to Status Quo' Before Obama
Former ICE Special Agent Claude Arnold said Tuesday that President Trump's adjustment to his illegal-immigrant detention policy is not a drastic change.
Arnold said Trump is simply "returning back to the status quo [that existed] prior to the Obama administration."
He said that now, if ICE is pursuing a "priority target" and incidentally runs into another illegal immigrant facing possible deportation, they will no longer "turn a blind eye" to the latter individual.
Arnold said Obama-era policies "restricted" the power of ICE.
Jason Chaffetz said that, despite forced noncooperation from local California authorities, ICE arrests in the Central Valley region have risen.
Chaffetz, a former Utah congressman, said he has witnessed ICE detain people in a "delicate way, yet a difficult way."
He and Arnold also criticized several lawmakers and media personalities who have been critical of ICE.
One clip showed Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.) calling ICE the "Gestapo" as she and other Democrats stood outside a New York City federal building.
“We are standing in front of a building that has become the headquarters for the Gestapo of the United States of America”: Brooklyn Democrat @RepYvetteClarke, outside @ICEgov’s Manhattan hq. pic.twitter.com/5iNoTZ0mVf
— Matthew Chayes (@chayesmatthew) January 27, 2018
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