Political Rhetoric Blamed For The Recent ICE Office Shootings that happened overnight. ICE Office Shooting In Texas has been blamed on “political rhetoric” about the Trump administration’s policies. According to the FBI statement, Bullets fired at US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) offices in Texas were a “targeted attack” against federal employees. At around 03:00 local (08:00GMT) on Tuesday, several shots were fired at the offices in San Antonio. Two neighbouring buildings came under fire, but no injuries were reported. US media said no arrests have been made and investigators are looking for suspects.
ICE Political Rhetoric Blamed For The Recent ICE Office Shootings In Texas
In a report, ICE blamed the shootings on “political rhetoric” and “misinformation” about the Trump administration’s detention policies. Under the Trump administration, ICE has been criticised heavily for it’s treatment of undocumented immigrants held at detention centres near the US-Mexico border. ICE director for San Antonio, Daniel Bible said; “This disturbing public discourse shrouds our critical law enforcement function and unnecessarily puts our officers’ safety at risk”.
The shootings were called “cowardly, brazen, violent acts” by Christopher Combs, head of the FBI’s San Antonio operations. “Those responsible for firing the shots did some research because they knew exactly what floors ICE was on, and they hit those. “All of the shots that we have found are on the floors where ICE had offices, Although no one was injured, we could be here today talking about the murder of a federal official had the bullets gone two inches in another direction”, Mr Combs said, calling the incident “a very targeted attack”.
Bullet holes were found in several windows at the building located near Brookhaven Drive in north-east San Antonio. Ken Cuccinelli, acting head of Citizenship and Immigration Services tweeted a picture showing a bullet hole in a window at one of the targeted office.
ICE told the media that the building is mainly used for executive and administrative purposes. According to the Washington Examiner, the shooting is the latest of four recent attacks at ICE facilities across the country. The three previous incidents happened in Washington DC, Tacoma, Washington and Aurora, Colorado, within days of each other in July, the website reported. The dates of the incidents include:
Aug. 13 – San Antonio, TX
July 16 – Washington, DC
July 14 – Tacoma, WA
July 12 – Aurora, CO
Mr Comb said that, given the current climate, FBI investigators fear there could be more attacks. “We cannot allow political discourse to lead us to the point of violence, where federal employees, innocent people doing their jobs, are put in harm’s way,” he said.