Ron Vitiello who served as ICE director between June 30 2018 and April 12 2019 openly blast Senator Chuck Schumer on Live TV.
After months of calling out the president and saying the crisis at the border is been manufactured, mainstream media and congressional Democrats finally change their narratives. But while acknowledging the dangers at the border, they cite the conditions to attack Trump.
Former acting director of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Ron Vitiello, called out Senator Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) after his recent visit to the southern border.
The Senate minority leader visited the border last week, calling the conditions “inhumane” and “awful.” While the senator now acknowledges that there is a crisis at the southern border, he spent the first half of the year claiming the crisis was manufactured.
Back in January after Trump declared a “humanitarian and security crisis,” during a primetime Oval Office address, Sen. Chuck Schumer, speaking beside House Speaker Nancy Pelosi, said Trump was working to “manufacture a crisis, stoke fear and divert attention from the turmoil in his administration.” Party leader Tom Perez also called it “manufactured.”
Democrats, many of whom downplayed the Central American caravans back in 2018, renewed their skepticism again after Trump declared a national emergency in February in pursuit of a border wall. Rep. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, D-N.Y., described it as a “‘crisis’ that doesn’t exist.” Sen. Elizabeth Warren tweeted at the time that “we’re not falling” for the “fake crisis.”
Now, Ocasio-Cortez and others are comparing the detension situation to concentration camps.
While that comparison has been criticized, the evidence of overwhelming migrant flows and poor conditions at some detention centers has become undeniable for both sides of the aisle.
During an interview on Fox Business Network, Vitiello slammed Schumer for waiting so long to go down to the border to see the crisis firsthand.
“The minority leader finally takes the time to go down to the border, so now he can stop ignoring or stop claiming that there was a manufactured crisis going on. He saw firsthand the conditions at the border and complained about it basically and essentially accused of people making it look better before he got there. They spent two months trying to get this supplemental [funding bill] through the House and Senate. So they ignored it this whole time. They jerked around with supplemental for two months, then finally go down to the border talk about how terrible it is.”
Vitiello blasted Schumer for criticizing the agents working at the border after “ignoring” the situation in the Senate.
“Not one word of praise for the men and the women in the department, and their families that are going through this crisis and have been since last fall. They’ve ignored this it this whole time, so now finally he has eyes on a problem that’s lasted for quite some time.”