We did not do too well enforcing the law without ICE. Before ICE got up and running the number of illegal immigrants soared. We now have between 11 and 24 million.
The border is still way too porous. Drug dealers gun runners, human traffickers, and violent gang members stream across along with illegal immigrants who are not otherwise criminals. Some large percentage of the kids in the “families” coming across illegally are being rented to gangsters or are being trafficked.
We need to double ICE to truly enforce the law. More border security, maybe a wall, strict e-verify, incarceration for those awaiting trial are needed to stem the flow of illegals. Stronger laws and more vigorous enforcement is needed to stop sanctuary cities and states from obstructing justice. In the 1950s and 1960s, many states and cities tried to obstruct and undermine Federal laws on Civil Rights. Presidents Eisenhower, Kennedy, and Johnson sent in the FBI, Federal Marshals, and Army troops to enforce the law. Cities and states have no authority to set their own immigration policy and those who continue after due warning to defy the Federal law in this area should be dealt with in similar fashion. Federal Marshals can arrest offending local officials, and ICE can then enter jails to take custody of illegal immigrants being sheltered in them. A few companies of Army troops can be deployed as backup to keep order.
The key point is that immigration law needs to be enforced and a Federal organization is necessary to do the job. Call them ICE, call them whatever you want. We need them and should be thankful to the men and women who serve to protect our borders and enforce our immigration laws.