On Monday, Matt Albence, Acting Deputy Director at ICE and the Executive Assistant Director for enforcement and removal operations, supported President Donald J. Trump’s border enforcement policies in a powerful interview.
The 24-year veteran of the agency addressed the detention of illegal immigrants, a major sticking point for Democrats and an issue that has stalled bipartisan border funding negotiations.
Albence says 90% of the people the agency arrests in the interior of the United States have previously been convicted of a crime, have been charged with a crime, or have criminally reentered the United States after being deported.
A staggering number of families, more than 40,000, have been released into the country since December 21st, according to Albence.
Albence also defended statements made by President Trump and slammed Congress for not acting to change failed immigration policies.