Donald Trump on Monday told News4Jax that the United States military "conceptually" endorsed him and that "virtually every police department" supports his bid for the presidency. And during the third presidential debate, Trump said his hardline stance on immigration had earned him an endorsement from Immigration and Customs Enforcement, NBC News reported.
None of that is true.
Federal agencies are barred by law from endorsing candidates in political elections. The Department of Defense, meanwhile, has its own set of guidelines that tightly restricts any active duty military or civilian personnel from publicly choosing political sides.
ICE has not endorsed any candidate, nor is it able to. Instead the union representing ICE employees, National Immigration and Customs Enforcement Council, gave the Republican nominee its backing. And it represents just a quarter of the more than 20,000 employees that work at the agency.