The Department of Homeland Security was considered the “worst place to work among cabinet agencies” at a April 2015 hearing.
Now, one senior Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agent has stated that their department is “re-energized.”
Newly appointed DHS Secretary, John Kelly, said during a press conference Tuesday that President Trump’s executive order temporarily banning immigration from seven terror-related countries wasn’t a surprise, and he promised to carry out new and existing immigration laws “humanely and with professionalism.”
The ICE agent who spoke to Washington Examiner on condition of anonymity, said, Kelly’s willingness to enforce immigration laws has “re-energized a lot of us because for so long we’ve been vilified for doing our jobs, and here was someone finally standing up for us.”
“They’re all breathing a huge sigh of relief and realizing that now they can actually get to work and … execute the oath that they took to this nation. I’m convinced that morale has just skyrocketed in the last 10 days,” the ICE agent stated.
The Washington Examiner reported that a high-ranking Customs and Border Protection officer told Kelly after the press conference, “Mr. Secretary, we haven’t had anybody at your level say a kind word about our officers for more than five years.”
Another Border Patrol official, Joshua Wilson, of the San Diego chapter, stated, “We spent eight years handcuffed by the previous administration. Border patrol agents never felt the Obama administration or the former DHS Secretary had our back at any point,” he told the Washington Examiner, adding that “morale is certainly on the upswing.”
H/T: Washington Examiner
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