Arizona Democratic Rep. Ruben Gallego made a number of threats to Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agents this week. He warned that anyone who conducts deportations “will not be safe” after President Trump leaves office. The basis for his ire was a belief that ICE is deporting Americans. ICE deports illegal aliens, not American citizens.
“If you are a U.S. government official and you are deporting Americans be warned,” Gallego tweeted. “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.”
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 president of the National ICE Council Chris Crane responded with outrage that a sitting congressman would incite violence as ICE officials “enforce the nation’s laws and keep our communities safe.”
“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,” Crane said.
Gallego later clarified his remarks saying, “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.”