An increasing number of Democrats are calling for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency — especially under President Trump’s administration to be abolished, Fox News informed.
ICE was introduced through the establishment of the Department of Homeland Security in wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks that killed nearly 3,000 people in 2001. The website of the agency states that ICE “was granted a unique combination of civil and criminal authorities to better protect national security and public safety in answer to the tragic events on 9/11.”
Housed within DHS, ICE is in charge of executing hundreds of federal immigration statutes.
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 — more are seemingly warming up to the idea that ICE should be eradicated or completely redone. Calling on ICE to end could be a winner for Democrats seeking to rally the party’s base in the 2020 presidential primaries.
Yet some Democrats have seemingly waffled on the idea or been unsupportive completely.
Trump suggested that Democrats who continue to push for abolishing ICE will “get beaten so badly” in the 2018 midterm elections in an interview with Fox News.
“You know ICE, these are the guys that go in and take MS-13, and they take them out because they’re much tougher than MS-13, like by a factor of 10,” Trump said. “You get rid of ICE, you’re going to have a country that you’re going to be afraid to walk out of your house.”
From lawmakers to congressional candidates, read on for a look at some Democrats who have begun to call for the abolition of ICE.