Border patrol chief: Calls to abolish ICE impact the morale of my team

Newly appointed Customs and Border Protection (CBP) chief Carla Provost said in an interview that aired on Thursday that calls to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement negatively impact the morale of her team. 

“It certainly impacts the morale of my men and women. I think just that the negative climate on the work that they’re doing,” Provost told Hill.TV’s Buck Sexton on “Rising.”

“We have amazing people on the Border Patrol, and they are out risking their lives every day to protect this nation, and I’m extremely proud of the work that they do, but it’s a difficult time, I think, with what they see in the media,” she continued. 

Provost went on to emphasize how much the two agencies rely on each other in securing the U.S. border. 

“We have to have ICE. The Border Patrol has to have ICE because it’s not our job to do the detention portion. And we have to have that ability. ICE brings so much to the table,” Provost said. 

“Not to mention the interior enforcement that they do when we start talking about criminal aliens who are residing here in the country, some with some very extensive criminal histories,” she continued. 

“ICE is a critical component. CBP — Border Patrol — we work very closely, hand in hand, day in and day out … We couldn’t do our jobs without ICE.” 

Various Democratic lawmakers and candidates have called to abolish ICE in response to the Trump administration’s zero tolerance immigration policy that led to the separation of migrant families who were detained at the border.
New York House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez beat out longtime Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) while supporting the move, and Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) have also indicated that they back the idea.
President Trump has slammed Democratic calls to abolish the government agency and suggested the concept could hurt Democrats in the midterm elections. 
“How can the Democrats, who are weak on the Border and weak on Crime, do well in November. The people of our Country want and demand Safety and Security, while the Democrats are more interested in ripping apart and demeaning (and not properly funding) our great Law Enforcement!” the president said in a tweet last month. 

— Julia Manchester

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