Obama-era ICE Director Calls Attacks on ICE ‘Disgusting’ and ‘Potentially Terroristic Threats’

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Obama-era ICE Director Calls Attacks on ICE ‘Disgusting’ and ‘Potentially Terroristic Threats’

John Torres, who served because the performing director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) below Presidents George W. Bush and Barack Obama, known as current assaults on the company he previously supervised “disgusting” and “potentially terroristic threats.”

Appearing for an interview on the Fox News morning present Fox & Friends on Thursday, Torres lamented the truth that ICE and ICE brokers have been getting a lot destructive consideration from Democratic lawmakers and the general public. He argued that lots of the company’s brokers and employees have labored below each Republicans and Democrats. He mentioned they aren’t political, and are solely working to serve the nation.

The morning present’s hosts then confirmed footage of an assault carried out final month by a self-identified anti-fascist or “antifa” activist on an ICE facility in Washington state. Torres was requested to answer that incident and different threatens in opposition to representatives of the federal government company.

Obama-era ICE Director Calls Attacks on ICE 'Disgusting' and 'Potentially Terroristic Threats'
A protest signal is seen taped to the the Metropolitan Detention Center jail as mass arrests by federal immigration authorities ordered by the Trump administration have been set to start in main cities throughout the nation on July 14 in Los Angeles, California David McNew/Getty

“It’s horrific. It’s disgusting. It’s borderline criminal harassment, actually potentially terroristic threats,” the previous ICE chief mentioned. “We’re not talking about peaceful protests here. We’re not talking about people that organize, gather protest in front of an ICE building, or protests by marching on the Washington Mall. They’re actually resorting to violence and terroristic threats and they should be arrested for that.”

Last month, Willem Van Spronsen, a musician and carpenter from close to Seattle, attacked an ICE detention center in Washington. He was finally killed by police after he threw “incendiary devices,” lighting a car on fireplace and making an attempt to set buildings and a propane tank ablaze. Van Spronsen self-identified with the far-left antifa ideology, and carried out the assault following mass raids that rounded up undocumented migrants. Prior to his assault he penned a manifesto despatched to a pal that mentioned he deliberate to “take action against the forces of evil,” and goal “concentration camps.”

Tacoma PD have confirmed in a press release that regardless that Willem van Spronsen’s #antifa manifesto & suicide letter was extensively distributed, they have been by no means notified by anybody earlier than he carried out the firebombing assault. They additionally say he tried to ignite a 500-gallon propane tank.

— Andy Ngo (@MrAndyNgo) July 19, 2019

ICE has come below rising scrutiny and criticism, significantly from left-wing progressive Democratic lawmakers, reminiscent of Representatives Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez of New York, Ilhan Omar of Minnesota and Rashida Tlaib of Michigan, who’ve known as for the company to be abolished. President Donald Trump’s hardline immigration insurance policies have led to nationwide consideration on the plight of undocumented migrants and asylum seekers making an attempt to come back to the county. ICE detention services for immigrants and their poor situations have been harshly criticized by human rights teams, Democratic lawmakers, authorized consultants and medical professionals.

Although situations within the services are believed to be worse below Trump, the detention facilities have been harshly criticized by activists and rights teams throughout Obama’s tenure as properly. An ACLU lawsuit in opposition to the federal government through the Obama years described the situations as “appalling,” saying they left people in “freezing, overcrowded, and filthy cells for extended periods of time, [with] no access to beds, soap, showers, adequate meals and water, medical care, and lawyers in violation of constitutional standards and Border Patrol’s own policies.”

Obama was additionally labeled by some activists because the “deporter-in-chief,” as his administration oversaw the deportation of extra undocumented people than that of another earlier president. As of 2018, regardless of Trump’s incendiary rhetoric in opposition to migrants and his hardline immigration insurance policies, the variety of annual deportations below his White House nonetheless lagged behind the yearly common carried out by the Obama administration.

BREAKING: Here is HD video of an ICE guard driving his truck into us as we sat peacefully blocking the Wyatt Detention Center.

We’re placing our our bodies on the road as a result of we see the camps and the roundups. We’ve discovered from our ancestors: NEVER AGAIN FOR ANYONE. pic.twitter.com/KnOu5xoOEb

— âœ¡ï¸ Never Again Action âœ¡ï¸ (@NeverAgainActn) August 15, 2019

While Torres and different former ICE officers have warned in opposition to violence focusing on the company, activists have additionally confronted violence for protesting the company. As tons of of Jewish protesters, largely members of the group Never Again Action, demonstrated exterior the Wyatt Detention Center in Rhode Island on Wednesday night, a correctional officer allegedly drove a pick-up into the group. A video of the incident was uploaded by Never Again Action to Twitter. The group was additionally reportedly pepper sprayed by different officers, as they tried to dam the services entrance whereas they known as for ICE to be abolished.

“The truck came barreling towards us, and was clearly trying to run us over,” Jared Goldstein, a protester who was within the truck’s path, instructed Newsweek. “This was a group of peaceful protesters who were pepper sprayed and almost run over by correctional officers from the same facility we were here to protest.”

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