The spokesman for New Jersey’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) has ties to multiple hate groups, according to a Sunday report from The Newark Star-Ledger.
Spokesman Emilio Karim Dabul has edited and written for multiple anti-Muslim hate groups, and has thrown his support behind anti-Muslim public figures, the Southern Poverty Law Center (SPLC) and Star-Ledger concluded after an investigation into his history.
The New Jersey ICE office has reportedly declined to respond to questions about Dabul’s affiliations.
“Given ICE’s expanded power and shrunken use of humanitarian reprieves under this administration, the New Jersey field office director’s silence on the man who speaks for him is troubling,” the Star-Ledger editorial board wrote.
Dabul was an editor for ACT for America, a group that the SPLC has deemed the largest anti-Muslim organization in the U.S.
“ACT has stayed true to its mission by working to advance anti-Muslim legislation at the local and federal level while flooding the American public with hate speech demonizing Muslims,” the SPLC said in a statement on its website.
Dabul also published an article in support of Steven Emerson, a man who accused New Jersey Gov. Chris Christie of having a “strange relationship with radical Islam” after Christie nominated Sohail Mohammed, who is Muslim, for a state judgeship, according to the Star-Ledger. The outlet that published the story, FrontPage, is owned by David Horowitz, who is closely associated with multiple anti-Muslim groups.
Emerson on Fox News called Birmingham, England a “totally Muslim” city “where non-Muslims just simply don’t go,” a statement that the network had to later retract.
The left-leaning Center for American Progress deemed Emerson’s group, the Investigative Project on Terrorism, a part of “the Islamophobia network in America,” the Star-Ledger reported.
Dabul called Emerson a “hero” who reports on “very clear and present dangers to our national security from the Islamists’ terror networks.”
“Granted, it’s hard to hold an ICE spokesman to account for associating with Islamophobes, when [head of ACT for America] Brigitte Gabriel posed for photos with Trump and top presidential advisor Stephen Miller hobnobbed with [FrontPage owner David] Horowitz’s hate group and authored the Muslim ban,” the Star-Ledger editorial board wrote.
“Anti-Muslim bigotry is at the top of this administration,” the editorial staff added.
ICE has faced escalating scrutiny in recent months following reports that President Trump‘s “zero-tolerance” immigration policy resulted in thousands of children being separated from their children at the border.
A number of progressive Democrats and left-wing activists have called to “abolish ICE,” and the slogan is becoming a litmus test for the party.
BY EMILY BIRNBAUM – 08/06/18