Elections Are Around The Corner: Here’s A List Of Democrats Calling To Abolish ICE

Democrat lawmakers are looking to overturn seemingly every immigration law currently on the books for the United States. Democrats in Congress and candidates across the country want open border policies, the immediate or expedited legalization for migrants in the country illegally, and the abolition of the federal immigration enforcement agency.

Democratic socialist Alexandria Oscario-Cortez, who recently won a Democrat primary election in New York and is expected to win in the general election, has already made waves in the Democrat Party and caused a number of Democrats to call to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). She said during her campaign that the agency should be terminated and others have echoed her remarks.

Washington Examiner has kept track of the growing number of Democrats who have similarly called to abolish the immigration enforcement agency.

Check out their list:

  • Sen. Elizabeth Warren: The Massachusetts senator and liberal fixture said Saturday at a rally in Boston: “We need to rebuild our immigration system from top to bottom by starting with replacing ICE with something that reflects our morality.”
  • Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.: Like Warren, she is a potential 2020 contender. Gillibrand decried ICE as a “deportation force” — a reference to child separation at the border that Trump officials have criticizedas being inaccurately pinned on ICE. She told CNN she would like to get “rid of it, start over, reimagine it and build something that actually works.”
  • Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis.: The chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus is working on legislation to eliminate ICE. Reps. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., Jim McGovern, D-Mass., Raul Grijalva, D-Ariz., and Mike Capuano, D-Mass., have indicated they would support such a bill, according to Vox.
  • Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: The 28-year-old self-declared democratic socialist who defeated fourth-ranking House Democrat Joe Crowley of New York last week. She ran on a platformthat includes abolishing ICE.
  • New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio: “ICE’s time has come and gone,” the mayor said in a radio interview on Friday.
  • Cynthia Nixon: The actress-turned-Democratic candidate for New York governor has called ICE a”terrorist organization” that should be abolished.
  • Randy Bryce. This labor organizer who is vying to take retiring House Speaker Paul Ryan’s seat in Wisconsin’s First Congressional District encouraged his Twitter followers in April to sign their support for abolishing ICE.
  • 50/50: Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., hasn’t gone so far as to call for abolishing ICE, but did say last week that ICE should be reassessed “from scratch.”

Other Democrat lawmakers including Senator Amy Klobuchar and Senator Tammy Duckworth have called for fundamental changes to the policies of ICE, but say the agency is necessary.

The Trump administration is pushing back on these calls and White House counselor Kellyanne Conway recently said during an interview with Fox News that, “The call for the abolition of ICE, in my view, is the intersection of arrogance and ignorance.”

“This is a very simple binary choice,” she continued, as Washington Examiner reports. “You’re either for… a sovereign nation that has a border, or you’re for open borders and a lot of the crime that comes with that.”

And, “You’ve got smarter, I think, more senior Democrats like Sen. Blumenthal of Connecticut this week saying he doesn’t think that calling for the abolishing of ICE is a fruitful exercise, pushing back against folks like Kirsten Gillibrand, the senator from New York who not so long ago was a center-right member of Congress.”

National Rifle Association spokeswoman Dana Loesch similarly commented that calls for the abolition of ICE are an “absolutely horrible idea.”

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