Some Democrats have joined the call to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency – especially under President Trump’s administration.
As more Democrats push back on the Trump administration’s immigration policies – including the “zero-tolerance” policy for illegal immigrants that resulted in thousands of children being separated from their families until the president signed an executive order –some are seemingly warming up to the idea that ICE should be eradicated or completely redone.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat, echoed Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez – a young congressional candidate who stunned the political world when she beat longtime incumbent Rep. Joe Crawley in New York’s Democratic primary – in calling for the eradication of ICE.
Congressional candidate Randy Bryce, Wisconsin
A Democrat running for outgoing House Speaker Paul Ryan’s congressional seat in Wisconsin, Randy Bryce called for the abolishment of ICE.
In 2002 I voted against the creation of DHS and the establishment of ICE. That was the right vote. Now, it is time to do what Americans overwhelmingly want: abolish the cruel, dysfunctional immigration system we have today and pass comprehensive immigration reform.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) July 3, 2018
We must not be about forcing over 10 million undocumented people, many of whom have been here for decades, to continue living in fear and anxiety. Congress must do what the American people want. Let us create a humane and rational immigration system.— Bernie Sanders (@SenSanders) July 3, 2018
Every country needs reasonable law enforcement on their borders. ICE is not reasonable law enforcement. ICE is broken, it’s divisive and it should be abolished.— Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) June 29, 2018
Cynthia Nixon to @theView: "I think we need to abolish ICE."— ABC News (@ABC) June 21, 2018
"They have strayed so far from the interests of the American people and the interests of humanity—we need to abolish it." https://t.co/J3CyOvcPHJ pic.twitter.com/0CXQdD4eQw
ICE has abused their power to deport so many women, children, and asylum seekers with no criminal record to countries where their lives are at risk.— Randy Bryce (@IronStache) April 4, 2018
ICE didn't exist until 15 years ago. There's no reason for them to exist now.
Add your name: #AbolishIcehttps://t.co/7s0f1RkjRa