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Nothing Could Be Finer


If you had a chance to visit the Education Building at the North Carolina State Fair, you may or may not have noticed something exciting in the “Arts & Photography” section: Cary High School won a blue ribbon in the High School Art Competition! CHS competed against around thirty schools from all throughout North Carolina, and took home the gold! Art from six students, representing Visual Arts II & III Honors, was featured in the exhibit. Their art required a wide array of materials and styles, including neo-expressionism, realism, and (as coined by Ms. Silver) the “Creative Coffee Rings” technique, in which students create coffee rings on an empty canvas, and must create a full-fledged design from them.

Junior Angel Xelha’s stunning interpretation of the coffee ring technique

Here’s what Junior Abby Lundergan had to say when asked about the journey in creating her piece, and wrestling with a new, abstract style:

“When we originally got the prompt for the project, I was very intimidated by the style of neo-expressionism. However, being encouraged to put weird images and thoughts onto a canvas was really motivating. Creating a self portrait in this style was very freeing and allowed me to create a distinct message; I wanted to portray all the odd perspectives people see others in. Many viewpoints may be out of the ordinary, but it’s our job as a viewer to be open minded. That’s the biggest message I try to reach in all of my art— to simply be open minded.”

Abby Lundergan’s neo-expressionist self-portrait.

And here’s a tidbit from Senior Hunter McCoy on what his piece, and having his art displayed at the State Fair, means to him:

“I think the piece fits the state fair really well. It represents what North Carolina means to me, and I chose to portray that through all of the friends I’ve made and memories I’ve shared. The state, as well as the State Fair, is chiefly about the people you spend your time with. It made me really happy when I was asked for my piece to be brought to the State Fair, and to learn that CHS won first place made this already sentimental art mean so much more to me.”

Hunter McCoy’s captivating depiction of him and his peers


Didn’t get a chance to see these breathtaking beauties in person? Don’t fret! These works of art are currently displayed in the glass casing in front of the main office, for all of CHS to admire.

An Ode To Spirit Week


I don’t know about you, but by this point in the school year, I can truly say I wish it was over. Each day presents the same monotonous cycle of six-and-a-half hours of school followed by heaping piles of homework, only to be repeated the next day. Not only does the amount of hard work and studies tend to get me down, but also the effort involved in getting socially ready for another day of school. I struggle under the burden of finding different outfits to wear every day and trying to be in a presentable manner for myself and my peers. However, there is one week out of the fifty-two where everything is different. The shining light at the end of a dark tunnel. Five days of unmitigated jubilation. Spirit Week. 

If we were at any normal school this would last one brilliant week, but seeing as we go to the grandest high school in the state of North Carolina, it doesn’t stop there. With the help of Hurricane Michael, we have been granted a miraculous extension to what we thought would end come the weekend. If you participated in the initial spirit week, fantastic job: you get more spirit week! If you did not participate, no need to fear. I know the shame you have from not engaging previously has eaten you from the inside out, but believe me, your sins will be pardoned—just participate in this week! There truly is no excuse! Nothing could be better than dressing up in outrageous outfits for five straight school days to represent what Cary High School does best: school spirit.

*Thursday’s theme is Holiday, and Friday’s is Green and White.

An Unexpected Threat From Hurricane Florence: North Carolina’s “Mega-Mosquitoes”

Photo: Entomologist Phil Kaufman shows size comparison between an average-sized mosquito and an American Gallinipper Mosquito. (University of Florida) Credit: Marisol Amador/UF/IFAS



Hurricanes Florence and Michael demolished North Carolina’s coast—from torrential rains to catastrophic flooding to wind gusts reaching ninety miles per hour. As the southeast is recovering from these monster storms, another complication has surfaced: mosquitoes. Once the clouds shifted and the rain stopped, puddles in coastal regions remained. As this water grew increasingly stagnant, it became the ideal breeding grounds for an aggressive species of mosquito: the American Gallinipper. At almost three times the size of an average mosquito, this mosquito is a particular nuisance; it can inflict a painful bite that penetrates multiple layers of clothing. However, unlike many mosquitoes, these Gallinippers do not transmit deadly diseases like West Nile Virus, Malaria, or Zika.

Gallinipper Mosquitoes are floodwater mosquitoes; the female lays eggs at the edges of bodies of water that are likely to flood in heavy rains. These mosquitoes are especially unique because their eggs can lie dry many years until, after heavy rains, they finally hatch adults. With Hurricane Florence’s widespread flooding, billions of dormant mosquito eggs were hatched at once, posing a threat to the Carolinas in the form of half-inch long “mega-mosquitoes.” Governor Roy Cooper has already allocated $4 million for mosquito control in twenty-seven coastal North Carolina counties and others affected by flooding. As of yet these mosquitoes have not posed a threat to the Triangle area, but if they continue to breed, they may assume the cardinal’s position as North Carolina’s state bird.

Organized Chaos: Cary Improv at a Glance


Do you have a flair for the dramatic? Are you quick on your feet? Do you really enjoy Whose Line is it Anyway? If you answered “yes” to any of those questions, you should consider auditioning for the CHS Improv team! Auditions are after school Wednesday, October 10th and Thursday, October 11th, with a workshop on Tuesday, October 9th. All of these will happen in the Drama Room.

Improv, or improvisational comedy, is acting without a script. At CHS, we practice “short-form improv.” In short-form improv, players learn different “games”; these are scenes in which players have to follow specific rules, such as not being able to use specific body parts, having to talk in a funny voice, or playing a certain character. Audience members are called on to give suggestions that the players then have to incorporate in the scene.

CHS has a robust theatre department, and our improv troupe is no different. The Improv department here is divided up into eight teams of three or four players, each with one  team captain. Improv captains teach, guide, and support the other players, as well as leading their teams. There are six regular season improv matches, one every month, from November to April. These matches are divided into two rounds, with two teams “playing against” each other in the first round, and two different teams “playing each other” in the second round. Each Improv team plays in three out of the six normal matches. In May, there is a seventh All-Star match, where teams of All-Star players are selected to play against each other, and where four captains play against a team of teachers!

Why audition for Improv? Well, there are lots of reasons! First, it builds very strong public speaking and acting skills, as being required to think on one’s feet builds adaptability and comfortability in front of an audience. In addition to improving my theatrical capabilities, participating in Improv has helped me build confidence and become more outgoing. In improv comedy, there is little room for shyness or uncertainty—you have to jump in headfirst! I realized that, if I could do something as crazy as improv comedy, I could go into a room full of people I didn’t know and strike up a conversation. Finally, the greatest reason to try out for Improv is the near-familial bonding that takes place between teams. Throughout the course of a season, players bond with one another, and a small, tight-knit community is created.

Still need more convincing? Here are statements from the other seven captains as to why they think you should try out for Improv!

James Auwn: “Improv is not just a super fun performance art; it’s also a great life skill that helps you think under pressure and respond to spontaneity.”

Ian Bower (the Improv Manager): “Improv may seem incredibly overwhelming, because (seemingly) the only person you can rely on is yourself; however, that isn’t true. Improv at CHS is done with a team that knows your strengths and weaknesses, and everyone comes together to create something beautiful. You aren’t really doing improv for the audience—you’re doing it for yourself and your team.

Gabe Crochet: “Improv is more about the team you bond with than the shows themselves, and you eventually learn to have more fun with those onstage, as opposed to worrying about what people think of the scene.

Abby Lundergan: “Improv creates such a tight-knit community within such a fun and easygoing activity. No one ever knows what they are going to be doing in improv, which makes it such a wonderful thing to be a part of, especially as an underclassmen. Absolutely no one knows what will happen. We are clueless in the best possible way: as a team.

Hunter McCoy: “People know improv for the comedy, when in reality, the structure of the scene itself is more important. A scene composed completely of jokes, without any substance, will fall flat much quicker than a well-improvised, somber scene. That’s why everyone, including those who don’t consider themselves funny, is encouraged to audition.

Gwen Muncy-Champitto: “I think improv is so special because it gives you a place to get out of your head and be silly, whether by adopting crazy accents or rolling around onstage. Laughing and having an outlet to exercise your creativity is so important.

Allie Jessee: “I would definitely not be as outgoing and welcoming as I am now if it had not been for improv. It forces you—in a loving way—to let go of your insecurities and just put yourself out there on stage and with your team members. Performing improv leaves you with laugh-out-loud memories and exciting newfound confidence.

Hopefully, this article was enough to convince those on the fence about auditioning to come and try out, and to even further encourage those raring-to-go. We are so excited for auditions, and for the coming year of inevitably sensational improv comedy.

Shakin’ Up Shakespeare



The theatre department at Cary High has continuously shined through fall plays, spring musicals, and monthly improv shows, showcasing laughter and tears with brilliance. As expected, the 2018-2019 season will be no different! With a hilarious spoof of a play, a talented slate of new improv captains, and a heartwarming classic musical that dazzles on stage, Cary’s excellence can only keep growing.

Let’s focus on one show-stopping performance at a time; this autumn’s feature is The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised]. But don’t be fooled by the title–this wacky one-act show has barely any “real” Shakespeare in it! The original cast was only three people who used minimal costumes, audience participation, and frequent improvisation. Totally fun, right? But if you still need to be convinced, there are so many reasons why you should come see The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised].

The Cary High cast will be ten people with equal amounts of crazy costumes and laugh-out-loud moments. They will not only amaze with their physicality, but also with giant monologues that they’ll spout at break-neck speed! Plus, audience members will have to come up on stage, yell intensely, and make conversation with our crazy cast members. If you’re someone who wants to feel completely immersed in whatever you watch, this is truly the show for you.

Additionally, the cast will actually be performing all thirty-seven of Shakespeare’s plays, so if you really are a Bard buff, you will not be disappointed. But, again, don’t be misled. There are no traces of a traditional Midsummer Night’s Dream or Hamlet–instead, there’s a gender-bended Romeo and Juliet, a legit Old English rap, and a royal football game!

Not only is this comedy for improv enthusiasts and Shakespeare know-it-alls, but also for music and sports fanatics. The Complete Works of William Shakespeare (abridged) [revised] presents a play for everyone, young and old. Come support your more dramatic classmates and get ready for a belly laugh-filled night!

Tragic Takeaways


This summer, tragedy struck the Capital Gazette of Annapolis. A lone gunman opened fire in the paper’s office and coldly killed five staff members. The attack was brutal, heartless, and cruel. Though the ruthlessness of this assault is the epitome of the worst of America, the response embodies its best. The Gazette valiantly published a paper not only the following day, but everyday thereafter. The continuation of business was complicated by the loss of key staff members and capital equipment, but the Baltimore Sun stepped up and provided their presses and equipment to the Gazette. As time went on, the Gazette put out a request for additional writers to help continuing publishing. The response was overwhelming; the paper was inundated with offers from writers across the country. The outpouring of aid was so great the paper was forced to turn people away as there were simply too many offers. The Gazette‘s uninterrupted publishing was fitting for an industry that will stop at nothing to keep the public informed, and the perseverance and dedication of writers, editors, and publishers all across the country serves as a ringing endorsement of the unwavering spirit of America’s free press in the face of any attack.

Such devastation is disheartening, but we can all take something away from the response to these ruthless murders. Journalists nationwide saw the attack as not just against the Gazette but against the press corps of America. As a result, they joined together to show both their assailant and the public that the news could not be stopped. In doing so, not only did they continue their colleagues’ legacy perfectly, they sent a clear message that no matter what the attack on the free and independent press, the dissemination of news will not be stopped. This bodes incredibly well for a news industry facing mounting challenges to its objectivity, access, and its very existence. News is now attacked not just as biased but as outright false. These attacks threaten the integrity of news as people in high authority use their vast reach to assail news organizations, eroding public trust in journalism at large. While there are indeed examples of suspect journalism, the vast majority of journalists have a genuine love for the truth and uphold the good name of their profession.

This is perhaps the biggest takeaway from the response to the Capital Gazette attack: that American journalists aim to inform the public and will stop in the face of no attack, whether it be physical as in Annapolis, or a war of words, as our president is now waging on unfriendly press. The Page is a staunch supporter of the good journalists of America and we detest any attack on the press. The attack at the Gazette was tragic, and we must never forget the pain of this attack. We must move on, however, and take this tragedy and create from it a triumph for America’s press.

A Reflection on Media Sensationalism


Many of us probably have similar experiences of Hurricane Florence’s four day trudge through the Carolinas. We spent days, maybe even weeks, watching the “cone of possibility,” obsessing over every shift westward or eastward, constantly calculating the chances of school canceling, offering our own takes. And then, as the hurricane came closer and dipped south of us, weakening earlier than expected, we settled in begrudgingly to a period of seemingly pointless house arrest. It was rainy, windy, and maybe our lights flickered a couple of times, but overall, this “hurricane” didn’t seem like much of a crisis here in Cary.

Hurricane Florence was a crisis, though, for many in eastern North Carolina and along the coast. Even though it wasn’t quite what forecasters expected, it still brought severe flooding and wind damage. It affected thousands–taking their electricity, their homes, and in some cases, their lives.

I spent most of this tropical storm in my room, fiddling around with the Common App, checking Instagram and Twitter, and thinking about getting things done. I also checked the weather every once in a while, gawking at the live stream of a shredded American flag in the middle of the ocean (at Frying Pan Tower) before venturing into mainstream news websites to see the national coverage of our storm.

Sometimes it’s hard, as we lounge about in our comfortably dry houses, to fully grasp the weight of a storm like this. We need reminders of the severity. But on sites like CNN or the Weather Channel, the storm becomes something beyond a natural disaster; it’s a spectacle, a source of entertainment. Dramatic all-caps fonts, menacing graphics, and buzz-words fill the pages. This hurricane is no joke, but it seems like large media corporations are less motivated by saving lives, and more motivated by generating buzz, clicks, and ultimately, money.

Media coverage is one of the best ways to warn people about an upcoming threat and urge them to prepare, to save lives. It’s a gift that we have the internet and Twitter and caring public figures that all spread the word. But once the storm starts, do we really need constant updates on something as sensitive and serious as a death toll?

Statistics like death tolls are important for measuring the effect of and response to a storm, but clickbait-y real-time updates trivialize the lives lost, making a hurricane scoreboard out of them. As I saw Florence’s toll start at four, jump to nine, and then to thirteen, I felt a disconnect between the numbers and the actual people. And while that’s true of nearly any statistic, perhaps we need time to grieve more fully for individuals before tacking them on to a growing count. At the very least, death toll numbers certainly don’t need to be eye-catching headlines.

But there’s hope yet. I stumbled upon a New Yorker dispatch on flooded hog lagoons in the wake of Hurricane Florence. An article like this exposes a reader to more than what’s at hand; it shows the connections between the environment, our farming policies, and natural disasters. It interviews farmers who provide first-hand accounts of the larger farming industry’s disregard for the environment. Ultimately, it educates the reader’s perspective of the world, rather than reinforcing short attention spans with dramatic sound bites.

Overly-sensational news is here to stay. But if we could just shift our focus, and readership, to publications that dig deeper, that provide more fully human stories, we’ll only be more empathetic, educated, and ready to take appropriate action.

Your Guide to the 2018 Local Elections


Listed below are profiles on candidates running for the North Carolina House and Senate in Cary High’s district. This is different from the election for the U.S House and Senate elections going on. If elected, the candidates below will work in our state government, not the national government, to create and pass laws. The NC Senate consists of 50 members and the NC House consists of 120 members, but other than this the two chambers have the same amount of power, unlike the U.S government where the senate is more powerful. On February 6th, the Supreme Court ordered the NC Senate and House districts to be changed through the case North Carolina v. Covington. The Supreme Court ordered this change because it found that the NC legislature had unfairly packed African-Americans into the same districts to weaken their influence, a violation of the fourteenth amendment.


NC Senate District 16

Wiley Nickel (D): Ever since graduating from Tulane University with a major in political science and from Pepperdine University with a law degree, Wiley Nickel has dedicated his time to public service. He served as a staffer under both Al Gore during the Clinton White House and Barack Obama, who has endorsed his current campaign. In Cary, Nickel works as a local attorney because he believes that those on trial in the North Carolina justice system should be treated “fairly and compassionately.” He has a wife and two children, whom he loves dearly. His campaign describes him as a “progressive candidate” who wants stronger gun control laws, better public schools, and expanded access to affordable healthcare. He believes it is crucial that he wins because he wants to end the Republican supermajority in our state senate. He beat Luis Toledo in the Democratic primaries 55% to 44%.

Paul Smith (R): Paul Smith is a North Carolina native who received his BA in Political Science from NC State. He married his highschool sweetheart and has three children and eight grandchildren. He was raised to learn and respect the bible and taught his children to do the same, and today one of his sons serves as a missionary overseas. Although Paul has never worked in politics, he owns a small business with several employees. He is a self described “Christian Conservative” who has worked as a baptist deacon since 1972. He supports fewer restrictions on gun ownership, school choice, and strong borders. He ran unopposed in the primaries.

Brian Irving (L): Brian Irving received his BA from the University of the Philippines and his graduate degrees from Webster University and Loyola University. He served in the United States Air Force from 1967 to 1992. After retiring, Irving and his wife moved to North Carolina, which he grew to love when he was stationed here. He has two children and six grandchildren. Although he has never won a race, Irving has run as a Libertarian candidate in District 16 before. He believes that in order to achieve greater liberty in North Carolina, citizens need to have more choices when it comes to healthcare and schooling. He also believes that there should be less regulations on our economy, especially in regards to licensing, which he claims hurts competition.


NC House of Representatives District 11

Allison Dahle (D): Allison Dahle is a Raleigh native who received her BA in Theatre and Music from the University of South Carolina. She has dedicated most of her adult life to helping people with disabilities find jobs by working with the ARC and Columbus industries. In 2003, she settled down at a local law firm, married, and adopted two dogs. She is running for office because she believes that medicaid should be expanded, HB2 should be fully repealed, and common sense gun laws should be passed. In the primary election she beat incumbent Duane Hall, who faced sexual harassment allegations, 68% to 26%.

Tyler Brooks (R): Tyler Brooks received his BA in Latin from Wake Forest University, and then went on to receive his law degree from Vanderbilt University. In Raleigh, he worked as an associate for a law firm and moved up the ranks to partner. Today, he works with the Thomas Moore Law Center and has made a distinguished career for himself and is now a fellow of the American Bar Association. Tyler Brooks believes in increasing funding for teacher pay and school supplies, increasing funding for infrastructure, low taxes, religious liberty, and is pro-life. In the primary election he beat Shawn Hamilton 64% to 35%.

Travis Groo (L): Travis Groo received his BA in Communication Arts from the University of West Florida. Although raised in Texas, he has found a home in North Carolina, where he lives with his two children. He believes in less government restrictions, more choices for children’s education, lower taxes, and more choices for healthcare.

Ballot Measures– a bill that must be voted on by the citizens in order to be enacted

  1. North Carolina Income Tax Cap Amendment: If passed, this amendment will reduce the maximum income tax the state is allowed to take in from 10 percent to 7 percent. The current income tax rate is below 6 percent.
  2. North Carolina Right to Hunt and Fish Amendment: If passed, this amendment will enshrine the right to hunt and fish within our state’s constitution.
  3. North Carolina Marsy’s Law Crime Victims Rights Amendment: If passed, this amendment will give victims the right to know what is happening to the defendant who is accused of committing crimes against that victim.
  4. North Carolina Legislative Appointments to Elections Board and Commissions Amendment: If passed, this amendment will change the way the State Elections board is appointed by preventing the governor from appointing a member. Instead, four members will be chosen by the majority party and four by the minority party.
  5. North Carolina Judicial Selection for Midterm Vacancies Amendment: If passed, this amendment will change how judges are replaced if they vacate their seat early by installing a committee of people chosen by the legislature. The committee will nominate two people to fill the position and the governor will appoint one.
  6. North Carolina Voter ID Amendment: If passed, voters will be required to present a voter ID before voting.

Cells, Planets: A Reflection about the Fine Arts at GSE


Editor’s Note: Over the summer, Jake Bryant attended the Governor’s School of North Carolina  (a publicly funded residential program for intellectually and artistically gifted high school students) for Choral Music.

“Celestial” is one of the few words that can accurately describe the delicious harmony present when the Governor’s School East Chorus of 2018 sang the first few notes of “Cells, Planets,” during our closing assembly. We, the choir, were firmly planted on the stage, rooted in our desire to step out of ourselves and deliver this one last performance—his one, final, fleeting gift. The notes we sang were cast into the thick, swampy, air; soaked in regret and heartache, they drifted out to the crowd slowly, as if they were trudging through molasses. Our chests were heavy and sore, and the tears we shed that day could have filled pondsupon rivers upon oceans. During those five minutes and forty-something seconds, we were an amalgam of love and warmth. For a moment, the stage lights turned into stars, the audience into planets, and it felt as if we were exploring the Milky Way. For a second or two, we were perfectly positioned between present and future, and those five minutes and forty-something seconds were millennia and fractions of milliseconds at the same time.

I’m not very superstitious, but it was truly an out-of-body experience. I have never felt so warmed by music as I did in that moment. If it was not already clear how free we felt to express our emotions and empty our hearts, our uncontrollable sobbing surely proved that; everyone, quite literally, everyone, opened their hearts without any fear, judgement, or weakness. We were all connected, and in my opinion, music was the vehicle that brought us to that destination. “Cells, Planets,” the GSE 2018 Chorus’ flagship song, was the gut-wrenching, heart-shattering “song of the summer” at Meredith College. The lyrics discuss how cells, planets, and every other part of our universe are connected in that they are (at the most basic level) made of the same things, and that human compassion is ultimately what really defines the world. This prose—combined with the lustrous, effervescent music—made for a song that was performed at the exact right time, by the exact right mix of singers and for the exact right audience, and was able to profoundly impact every single student.

This phenomenon of connectedness—of being unafraid to trust and open up to those we knew quite well, and those we didn’t know at all—was not only present during choral music performances. Every single artistic discipline managed to arouse passion and empathy within anyone who viewed or interacted with them. Never have I been more inspired by artists than I was by the musicians, dancers, actors, and artists of Governor’s School. Each and every student fully committed to their craft, day in and day out. The achievements of my peers are certainly nothing to scoff at, either. The GSE instrumental music students composed music about the intricacies of time and space that was performed at the end of the first week; the theatre students wrote, blocked, and published a play within four weeks. Of course, the students of academic disciplines were just as fearsome, wielding their pens, paper, and calculators to stir change in even the most stubborn of individuals. They were peerless in their determination to begin dialogues crucial to progress. While I did have a uniquely deep connection to the arts disciplines, I was still touched by the academia of GSE on every single day of the term.

The opportunity to attend Governor’s School was something I deeply, deeply wish was available to every student in North Carolina. The emotional and artistic attachments and freedom we discovered are unlike any that I have, and maybe ever will, experience. Never have I been in such a supportive, uplifting, hearty, compassionate environment. The experience was once-in-a-lifetime, like a blue moon, or catching a hummingbird in flight: rare, precious, and the most absolute form of beauty. My time at GSE was like a shooting star—fleeting, yes, but encapsulating and wondrous for the few moments I was able to experience it. During those magical seconds, where my fellow choir members and I joined hands and parted in the form of that final performance, we abandoned our problems in bittersweet bliss. Our hearts had swelled to planetary sizes, and, for a minute, we were threaded together, like the thread that connects cells, planets, and everything in between.

ICE: The Facts


There has been a lot of controversy surrounding ICE since the Trump administration introduced its “zero-tolerance” policy, which has led to the separation of more than 2,000 children from their parents. In response to this, calls to abolish the agency have emerged.

What is ICE?

Immigration and Customs Enforcement, better known as ICE, is responsible for many things, including investigating the illegal movement of people and goods, enforcing immigration laws, and helping to prevent terrorism. They enforce federal laws, both criminal and civil, that relate to immigration, trade, customs, and border control. ICE was created in 2003 as a branch inside the Department of Homeland Security in response to the September 11th attacks.

Why are there calls to abolish ICE?

As more stories of immigrants being deported surface in the news, the calls to abolish ICE have grown louder. The claims that ICE is separating families at the border have helped spark this movement, but according to the ICE chief, the U.S. Customs and Border Patrol is the agency that is separating the families. Although ICE may not be to blame for separating families, they have been accused of multiple accounts of abuse. In April, The Intercept published an article about 1,224 complaints of sexual and physical abuse. Many people have started to call for the complete reconstruction of this agency. In an interview by CNN on June 29, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York stated, “I believe that it has become a deportation force and I think you should separate out the criminal justice from the immigration issues.” She goes on to say that the U.S. should reimagine ICE and replace it with something that works.  

Did ICE agents want to abolish the agency?

While it is true that 19 ICE agents wrote a letter to Kirstjen Nielsen, the Homeland Security secretary, they did not call to dissolve ICE. In the letter they state, “We propose to restructure ICE into two separate independent entities of HSI [Homeland Security Investigations] and ERO [Enforcement and Removal Operations].” They explain in the letter that the two sub-agencies, HSI and ERO, have evolved and become so separate that “ICE’s mission can no longer be described as a singular, synergistic mission.”

How is ICE helpful?

Although ICE has frequently been critiqued, the agency still has many responsibilities.  ICE’s only purpose is not just deporting illegal immigrants; they also help investigate human trafficking, financial crimes, and the smuggling of illegal goods such as firearms and drugs. In congressman Higgins’ speech on the House floor, he states, “Last year alone, ICE arrested more than 127,000 criminal aliens responsible for: 76,000 dangerous drug offenses; 48,000 assault offenses; 11,000 weapons offenses; 5,000 sexual assault offenses; 2,000 kidnapping offenses; 1,800 homicide offenses.” He continues to say that ICE rescued 518 victims of human trafficking and made more than 4,800 gang related arrests.