Some Democrats with eye on 2020 say: 'Abolish ICE'

01 July, 2018, 09:56 | Author: Charlene Valdez
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They're not alone. Some progressives on the Hill worry that wielding the "Abolish ICE" banner would be a political gift to Trump and his allies, and that Democrats should consider a more nuanced approach. "Every agency has to have an enforcement branch; immigration is no exception", Yale-Loehr said.

The president in a pair of tweets Saturday that abolishing ICE would "never happen", adding that its employees are "one of the smartest, toughest and most spirited law enforcement groups of men and women that I have ever seen".

"I don't think ICE today is working as intended", Gillibrand said on CNN Thursday evening.

Calls to "abolish ICE", once limited to the far-left parts of the Democratic Party base, have shifted into the mainstream of the party in response to the Trump administration's tough policies on illegal immigration - particlarly the "zero tolerance" policy on detaining all illegal border crossers. On Tuesday, upstart progressive candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old middle class Latina from the Bronx, shocked the political world by unseating longtime Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in a NY primary. Immigration enforcement is important, both sides agree on that.

"Well I hope they keep thinking about it, because they're going to get beaten so badly", Trump told Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo in an interview excerpt released Saturday. [I] believes that if we are to uphold civic justice, we must abolish ICE and see to it that our undocumented neighbors are treated with the dignity and respect owed to all people, regardless of citizenship status.

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Ocasio-Cortez has made abolishing ICE a core campaign promise.

"To the great and courageous men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit".

Earlier this week, the Texas Observer reported that 19 senior ICE investigators asked DHS Secretary Kristjen Nielsen to spin the Homeland Security Investigations division out of ICE.

In a following tweet, he says abolition will "never happen!"

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During my trip to the southern border, it was clear that ICE, and its actions of hunting down and tearing apart families, has wreaked havoc on far too many people.

This aide said the party should focus on "the cruelty of the actions around family separations and some of the ridiculous tactics used by ICE to bully state and local governments" to comply with federal immigration detainers.

Alarmed by the rhetoric, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, which has been critical of Trump's immigration agenda, developed talking points to emphasise the "inhumane and harsh" treatment of immigrants by ICE. Support for the notion of open borders on the left is also becoming more apparent according to The Guardian, though incumbent Democratic politicians and press are quick to dismiss this scenario, as The Washington Post suggests.

"We give them room to talk about better immigration policy", she said, comparing the circumstances to the civil rights movement, when Martin Luther King Jr., was viewed more favorably by white power brokers than more strident leaders like Malcolm X.

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