Cortes: Durbin ICE comments 'appalling attack on thousands of brave agents'
At a recent immigration rally in Chicago, U.S. Sen. Dick Durbin (D-IL) goose-stepped in line with the rising far left of the Democratic Party and insulted the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE), calling them a “group of incompetents" during a CNN interview.
Steve Cortes, CNN political commentator and former member of the Hispanic Advisory Council for the White House, said that Durbin’s comments were not only an “an appalling attack upon the thousands of brave ICE agents who do dangerous work to protect our country” but on Hispanics as well. A greater percentage of Hispanics work at ICE than any other agency of the federal government.
"ICE deserves Sen. Durbin's praise rather than his scorn," Cortes said.
An August 2107 story in Al DIA, one of the nation’s largest Hispanic news organizations, said that a “recent article on a Latino immigration agent, stemming from an ICE press release, is the perfect opportunity to remember that 21.5 percent of that force is of Hispanic origin.”
In the article, Edwin Lopes Moyo, wrote that “’ICE has a Hispanic face.’ That was also the conclusion reached by a Univision report last July after the television network followed the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to an arrest operation of undocumented immigrants in Los Angeles, California.”
Moyo wrote about Yomarel Justiniano, “an attractive brunette with Puerto Rican roots who has detained and deported undocumented immigrants for about 12 years, first from El Paso and now from Orlando.
“Under the title ‘deportation officer employs a combination of skill and empathy,’ ICE explained the day-to-day of the agent. Justiniano's work requires skill, compassion and flexibility. When necessary, Justiniano arrests individuals, takes them into custody and places them in removal proceedings”.
In the past, Durbin’s grandstanding has likewise resulted in embarrassing and, sometimes, contradictive statements.
Jack Hellner of the American Thinker wrote in “When will anyone in Illinois get embarrassed about Dick Durbin?” that Durbin compared our soldiers to Pol Pot, the Gulag and the Nazis in 2005.
“He wrote down what he said, so he meant exactly what he said,” Hellner wrote. “The next day, he cried like a Pajama Boy and did a pretend apology claiming people misinterpreted what he said."
Then in 2010, Durbin said that he was all for getting rid of chain migration in the name of his constituents' interests. But in 2018, “he called President Trump a racist for even using the term and acted as though he was talking about slavery. He got worse when he made up the tale of 's---hole countries' and attributed this figment of his own imagination to President Trump, something that no one at his meeting was able to back him on.”