WASHINGTON, D.C. — The National Immigration Center for Enforcement (NICE), a new interior enforcement nonprofit, issued the following statement in response to the retirement of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) Director Tae Johnson:
“Since January 2021, the Biden Administration has explicitly directed the very agency in charge of enforcing our immigration laws to willfully violate them. This has triggered both a historic border crisis and lawlessness in American communities. That is why it comes as little surprise that both the head of the Border Patrol and the ICE Director decided to “retire” less than a month after Title 42 ended – all while political forces within the Biden Administration continue to implement an effective enforcement shell game and perversion of the law by catching and releasing illegal aliens en masse.
“Tae Johnson should be congratulated and celebrated for more than 30 years of service to this country. It is no doubt that he could no longer preside over the systematic degradation of our laws, as he was forced to lead ICE with both hands tied behind his back. ICE deserves to be able to serve the American people as Congress intended, and it is a shame that he was so hampered by an Administration that takes its direction from anti-enforcement advocates instead of statutes and sound policy. While we doubt that President Biden and his open borders czar Alejandro Mayorkas will allow the next person to actually enforce the law for the sake of brave ICE agents and public safety, we hope it is someone who puts the rule of law over chaos and failed partisan politics.”