Congressman Al Green's Statement on Maintaining Border Security and the Abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Jul 4, 2018

Houston, TX - Congressman Al Green released the following statement regarding border security and immigration enforcement reform:    

"Immigration has been at the heart of our Nation’s effort to form a more perfect Union.  What began in 1891 as the Office of Superintendent of Immigration in the Treasury Department, became Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS) in 1933. As late as 2003, INS was abolished, and Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) was born within the Department of Homeland Security. The functions of INS were placed under ICE and other agencies. Throughout the past 127 years, several entities have emanated from the initial 1891 immigration enforcement effort. Currently, by taking babies from their parents, ICE has become a symbol of national shame. It has placed a stain on our Nation’s global image. The state of immigration and enforcement must continue to evolve. It is not perfect, and we must not mistakenly believe that ICE is where the buck stops. Just as INS was abolished to create ICE, we should abolish ICE to create an agency that is better balanced between immigration and enforcement; such that enforcement is not overemphasized and immigration is not deemphasized. I support just and balanced enforcement through comprehensive immigration reform, not open borders."