Reject ICE Demand that Congressman Gutierrez be censured for calling ICE raids "Gestapo"
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Reject ICE Demand that Cong. Gutierrez be censured for calling ICE
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Subject: Demand Cong. Gutierrez be censured for calling ICE raids
has called for a moratorium on raids,
deportations and separation of families and the terror and abuse
homeland security has inflicted on our people, until a is implemented. We are lucky that he is still
there fighting for us. In the article below I.C.E. is calling for him
to be disciplined for calling I.C.E. gestapo.
This is from the website of Congressional Quarterly.
CQ TODAY ONLINE NEWS – IMMIGRATION
Aug. 6, 2008 – 11:28 p.m.
ICE Chief Calls for Congress to Discipline Lawmaker for 'Gestapo' Remark
By John Bicknell, CQ Staff
The head of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement will ask Congress
to consider taking disciplinary a ction against one of its members for
a statement he made equating ICE agents with the Gestapo, a senior
agency official said Wednesday.
Luis V. Gutierrez , vice chairman of the
that handles immigration, has called for a moratorium on ICE
enforcement actions until Congress passes a comprehensive overhaul,
something it has failed to do in each of the past two years.
In a column written for Politico, Gutierrez, D-Ill., commenting on
recent ICE arrests of illegal immigrants in Iowa, said: "You know who
is in charge now? The Gestapo agents at Homeland Security. They are in
A senior ICE official, speaking on condition of anonymity, said Julie
L. Myers, the for Immigration
and Customs Enforcement, was "absolutely appalled and deeply angered"
by the statement. The official said Myers would send a letter to
senior members of Congress20asking that disciplinary action be taken
against=2 0Gutierrez' for his remarks.
Another official, Jamie Zuieback, director of congressional affairs
for ICE, went on the record.
"It's not OK," Zuieback said. "Aside from being demeaning to the law
enforcement officers that uphold the very laws passed by Mr.
Gutierrez's Congress, it's potentially dangerous. No member of
Congress should be encouraging the public to defy or demean federal
law enforcement officers. Words matter."
A call seeking comment from Gutierrez was not returned.
Similar comments from the immigration activist community are not all
that uncommon, and at least one other Democratic House member has made
a similar remark.
At a February hearing, California Democrat , assessing ICE's
tactics, said, "What happens is the public image of you becomes one of
not this compassionate but essentially a
Gestapo-type agency that is knocking on doo rs."
At that he aring, Myers responded by saying " , we are
not the Gestapo, and I will not listen to you call . . . us Gestapo."
A version of this story originally appeared on CQ Homeland Security.
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