Democratic lawmaker, Ruben Gallego sent out a tweet warning members of ICE that they “will not be safe” in the future for following president Trump’s immigration laws.
The threat came from an Arizona representative and seems to imply that any government official that is following the laws and deporting illegals could be held accountable after president Trump is no longer in office.
If you are a US government official and you are deporting Americans be warned. When the worm turns you will not be safe because you were just following orders. You do not have to take part in illegal acts ordered by this President’s administration. https://t.co/BLq48HRkbH
— Ruben Gallego (@RubenGallego) August 30, 2018
The idea of a lawmaker threatening US officials for upholding the law is worrisome to say the least.
The president of the National ICE Council made a statement regarding Gallego’s comments.
“It should be frightening to every American that a sitting member of Congress would threaten the safety of any person and their family, and incite the public to take acts of violence against them, let alone the lives of those whose job it is to protect us and keep us safe.” – Chris Crane, president of the National ICE Council.
It is frightening. Any lawmaker, especially one from a border state, that threatens government officials for upholding immigration laws is going to have a hard time getting re-elected. Gallego may have felt the same way and tried to tone down his message when media came calling.
Speaking to Fox News, Gallego tried to walk back his original tweet and said, “Government officials who violate the law or the constitution will not be immune to legal consequences. They will eventually be held accountable for their actions, even if the Trump administration is refusing to do so.”
We are a country of laws and when our lawmakers start threatening our officials for following the laws, it is safe to say that politics is becoming more important than actual leadership.
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