Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is one of the most controversial sects of government in the United States.
From widespread raids targeting longtime residents to extended detainment of American citizens to using a fake university to lure immigrant students on education visas, the organization routinely faces criticism for its human rights abuses.
Now, in a case of irony that Alanis Morissette couldn't even imagine, ICE released a statement commemorating Human Rights Day.
ICE honors Human Rights Day https://t.co/FqKqhVKACZ https://t.co/KFrO23acbP— ICE (@ICE)1576025013.0
The statement was released by ICE's Human Rights Violators and War Crimes Center, and read:
"The women and men of ICE dedicate themselves every day to protecting the dignity and human rights of people around the world. Through our work investigating perpetrators of genocide, torture, war crimes and other violations of human rights, they are committed to seeking the prosecution and removal of human rights violators seeking refuge here. We will not allow the United States to be a safe haven for those who violate human rights."
While ICE may be confident in its efforts to deport human rights violators, its respect for human rights is widely considered lacking. Some—like Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-NY)—say that it should be abolished altogether. It's a relatively new sect, having only been founded in 2003.
People found the declaration in support of human rights tone-deaf at best.
Delete your account. https://t.co/IdsFsAYsv4— Julián Castro (@Julián Castro)1576093529.0
@ICEgov Satire is dead when the authoritarian gov't agency that violently rounds up immigrants and throws them into… https://t.co/yusSu2VYJA— Ben Norton (@Ben Norton)1576047670.0
@ICEgov https://t.co/WNnUrcVt2R— J.J. (@J.J.)1576079527.0
@ICEgov It would be great if you would just honor human rights. https://t.co/JD3Wbi8Lbe— ATOMIC RAT 🍑 (@ATOMIC RAT 🍑)1576093905.0
@ICEgov someone who works for ICE just got paid hundreds of dollars to google “diversity hands” and call it a day https://t.co/IqYqbxUzO7— philine (@philine)1576096564.0
@ICEgov Why don’t you stop violating international law in regards to human rights then? Abolish yourself— Portland Assembly (@Portland Assembly)1576096885.0
@ICEgov Do the over 70,000 children removed from parents and incarcerated get an extra ration of bread crust today then?— Louis Gallego (@Louis Gallego)1576096792.0
@ICEgov This could not be more of an insult to our intelligence— Nancy Rogers (@Nancy Rogers)1576096926.0
At least 24 immigrants have died in ICE custody since President Donald Trump took office.