ICE union chief ejected from immigration reform presser

Rick Moran
A few inconvenient questions that Senators didn't feel like answering.

Daily Caller:

Chris Crane, head of the immigration officers union, was pulled out of a Senate press conference today when he tried to question Sen. Chuck Schumer during the televised roll-out of the 844-page immigration rewrite.

While reporters asked questions, Schumer ignored three requests from Crane, who sought to question him about aspects of the far-reaching law, which promises to tighten enforcement of immigration laws at borders, airports and seaports.

"Will you take a question from law enforcement?" Crane asked, repeating the question twice before being removed.

Schumer ignored the question, and repeated his advocacy for the bill. Crane's union represents agents of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) service.

Schumer and the other Senators have struggled to control the debate about the bill, which was released this week after months of closed-door drafting. Supporters are now trying to win Senate approval of the far-reaching bill by June.

Critics say the bill has many loopholes and flaws that will allow political appointees to minimize enforcement of immigration law.

Crane, who heads the president of the National ICE Council, has been a vocal critic of the bill.

The border patrol, and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, are part of the Department of Homeland Security.
The incident brings to mind President Merkin's outraged response to an argument between the Russian ambassador and one of his advisors in the film "Dr. Strangelove": "There's no fighting in here. This is the War Room!"

Indeed, "There are no questions here! This is a press conference!"
One would think that the head of the union representing the people on the front lines of immigration enforcement just might want some answers about how the bill would affect their ability to do their jobs.

But this is Washington, and reality rarely intrudes on theater.


A few inconvenient questions that Senators didn't feel like answering.

Daily Caller:

Chris Crane, head of the immigration officers union, was pulled out of a Senate press conference today when he tried to question Sen. Chuck Schumer during the televised roll-out of the 844-page immigration rewrite.

While reporters asked questions, Schumer ignored three requests from Crane, who sought to question him about aspects of the far-reaching law, which promises to tighten enforcement of immigration laws at borders, airports and seaports.

"Will you take a question from law enforcement?" Crane asked, repeating the question twice before being removed.

Schumer ignored the question, and repeated his advocacy for the bill. Crane's union represents agents of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) service.

Schumer and the other Senators have struggled to control the debate about the bill, which was released this week after months of closed-door drafting. Supporters are now trying to win Senate approval of the far-reaching bill by June.

Critics say the bill has many loopholes and flaws that will allow political appointees to minimize enforcement of immigration law.

Crane, who heads the president of the National ICE Council, has been a vocal critic of the bill.

The border patrol, and the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, are part of the Department of Homeland Security.
The incident brings to mind President Merkin's outraged response to an argument between the Russian ambassador and one of his advisors in the film "Dr. Strangelove": "There's no fighting in here. This is the War Room!"

Indeed, "There are no questions here! This is a press conference!"
One would think that the head of the union representing the people on the front lines of immigration enforcement just might want some answers about how the bill would affect their ability to do their jobs.

But this is Washington, and reality rarely intrudes on theater.