Farr made the remark Tuesday when Immigration and Customs Enforcement Chief Julie Meyers was addressing concerns about federal raids of illegal immigrants before the House Homeland Security Appropriations Subcommittee, which Farr sits on.
“What happens is the public image of you becomes one of not this compassionate law enforcement agency but essentially a Gestapo-type agency that is knocking down doors,” Farr said, according to preliminary transcripts of the hearing.
Meyers interrupted Farr and said: “We are not the Gestapo.”
Replied Farr: “I appreciate that, and I know that. I’m just telling you that there is a very ill will public opinion in the counties I represent about ICE.”
Farr has not withdrawn the remark. He said it came from the impression many of his constituents have of ICE, which periodically rounds up people without proper documents and deports them.
Over in Sam’s represented county, crime is out of control, there are Mexican gang members shooting each other all over town at and hard working businesses getting robbed every week. Even the Mayor of Salinas had his home burglarized. It’s certainly not the ICE agents causing the crime wave, Sam the Sham shows his support for the criminals and not the protectors.