Maria Sacchetti reports for the Washington Post:
“Immigration and Customs Enforcement chief Thomas D. Homan and a vocal labor union that represents part of the agency’s workforce are both big fans of President Trump’s tough deportation policies. But they are increasingly at odds with each other.
Tensions spilled over in November when Trump nominated Homan to serve in the role permanently. The National ICE Council went public with allegations that the agency is “grossly mismanaged” and urged Trump to investigate. An ICE spokeswoman called the union’s claims “baseless” and said agency morale has increased nationwide since Homan took the helm in January.
Seeking to quell the controversy, Trump reached out to union president Chris Crane to set up a meeting. But the White House also says it steadfastly supports Homan, who is awaiting a Senate confirmation hearing and has backing from Republicans in Congress.
“The president nominated Tom Homan for his decades of experience and steadfast commitment to enforcing the law,” said Raj Shah, a White House spokesman. “He has earned the strong support of the rank-and-file ICE officers and will make an outstanding director.”
The dispute pits two of Trump’s loyal supporters against each other — the union that endorsed him for president and the top ICE official who defends his hard-line views. It is erupting as the White House is urging Congress to significantly expand the agency.
Trump said he would deport millions. Now ICE is in the spotlight.
(Monica Akhtar/The Washington Post)
Critics dismiss the union’s complaints as part of a long-running power struggle and say the allegations are either unsubstantiated or amount to isolated incidents in the sprawling federal agency. But union leaders, who represent 6,000 employees, say they are frustrated by what they call a failure by Homan and other top managers to stem misconduct in an agency that has little public oversight.”
Read the complete article at the link.
DHS appears to be an agency where the line cops have seized control of policies and basically do whatever they feel like doing in arresting folks and starting removal cases. No wonder there is a backlog in the U.S. Immigration Courts!
Interestingly, neither Trump’s nor Homan’s willingness to pander to “gonzo” enforcement appears to have appeased the troops. I have little doubt that there is unpunished “misconduct” at DHS.
For example, several recent reports by the DHS IG paint a picture of an agency suffering from bureaucratic incompetence and occasional lawlessness. But, that doesn’t seem to concern Trump and his followers. Indeed, several recent articles indicate that there have been nearly unprecedented internal attempts to suppress certain parts of the report on the implementation of the original Travel Ban and to impede the information from getting to Congress.