by Daveda Gruber:
Democratic lawmakers and candidates progressively are seeking the elimination of Immigration and Customs. Enforcement comes as part of their group of demands in D.C.’s intense border battle.
One side is seeking a border wall, and the other is looking to dismantle the lead enforcement agency. This is causing a great divide between people. The progressive side is growing with an open border ideology.
Socialism is the new Democratic view. More and more Democratic politicians have embraced such causes as ‘Medicare for all’ and a federal jobs guarantee. They are getting behind the call to abolish ICE.
No borders means no country. Can’t they see it hasn’t worked out well for anyone in countries in Europe?
There is a growing influence of the progressive wing.
Look at the Liberal primary challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’ shock victory Tuesday night over Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., a member of party leadership.
Ocasio-Cortez ran on all of those platforms, and even protested outside an ICE center in Texas.
Crowley’s language in his description of ICE was making do with calling it a “fascist” organization that needed to be put “back on its leash.”
That attitude was not enough for Democratic primary voters. They were overwhelmingly out to back Ocasio-Cortez.
On Wednesday morning in comments to CNN (Communist News Network) after her primary win, she went even further and claimed ICE was running “black sites” at the border.
She said, “Its extra-judicial nature is baked in to the structure of the agency and that is why they are able to get away with black sites at our border, with the separation of children.”
The Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy has the focus on ICE. The policy called for all illegal border crossers to be prosecuted. This led to the separation of families because of longstanding detention rules. Then President Trump signed an executive order last week ordering families be detained together. He also tweeted:
In recent days we have heard shameless attacks on our courageous law enforcement officers. Extremist Democrat politicians have called for the complete elimination of ICE. Leftwing Activists are trying to block ICE officers from doing their jobs and publicly posting their…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 28, 2018
The headlines focused on the abolition of ICE. The Democratic Party base has been advocating for open borders and no deportations. It has now moved from being a slogan on protest placards to an idea being pondered by 2020 hopefuls.
New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is coming under heavy pressure from the left to call for the elimination of ICE. A far-left challenge from actress and activist Cynthia Nixon is applying pressure. She called ICE a terrorist organization.
She said, “ICE has strayed so far away from its mission. It is supposed to be here to keep Americans safe but what it has turned into, frankly, is a terrorist organization of its own that is terrorizing people who are coming to this country.”
Cuomo has not called for abolishing the agency but he did accuse ICE in April of engaging in an “assault on our democracy” for its raids in the state and issued a cease-and-desist letter.
Cuomo said, “The reckless and unconstitutional practices ICE is deploying in our communities violate everything we believe in New York and are an assault on our democracy.”
On the other side of the country, Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif. has been considered as a 2020 Democratic contender. She said that the U.S. should consider “starting from scratch” for ICE. She stopped short of calling to abolish it.
On Sunday Harris said, “There’s no question that we’ve got to critically reexamine ICE and its role, and the way that it is being administered, and the work it is doing. And we need to probably think about starting from scratch.”
In Oregon, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, who had voted against the agency’s creation in 2002, has stuck to his guns on his opposition in a recent post in which he calls for it to be shut down.
He said, “We should abolish ICE and start over, focusing on our priorities to protect our families and our borders in a humane and thoughtful fashion.”
The idea isn’t limited to deep-blue Democrats.
On Monday Rep. D-Wis., announced that he will introduce a bill to abolish the agency which was set up during President George W. Bush’s administration in the wake of 9/11.
Pocan said in a statement, “I’m introducing legislation that would abolish ICE and crack down on the agency’s blanket directive to target and round up individuals and families. The heartless actions of this abused agency do not represent the values of our nation and the U.S. must develop a more humane immigration system, one that treats every person with dignity and respect.”
Some Republicans and conservatives delighted are delighted. They believe that it may move Democrats into unelectable territory.
Tom Cotton, R-Ark., said on Twitter:
Based on the last week, Democrats apparently want to campaign on open borders, mass migration, & abolishing ICE. Give them points for honesty. Let’s vote.
— Tom Cotton (@TomCottonAR) June 27, 2018
Mark Krikorian, head of the Center for Immigration Studies which advocates for tighter immigration restrictions tweeted:
Please, Democrats, make “Abolish ICE” the focus of your campaign this fall! https://t.co/DLW3Op7G8Q
— Mark Krikorian (@MarkSKrikorian) June 27, 2018
Calls to abolish ICE may do well in New York City and Los Angeles, it is unclear how such calls would play in states like Pennsylvania, Ohio and Michigan. There voters backed a hardline immigration policy with President Trump in 2016.
Democrats in Florida, running against Republican Reps. Carlos Curbelo and Mario Diaz-Balart, have shied away from embracing the ICE talking point.
Democrat Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, who is running against Curbelo, said. “Abolishing ICE is not the answer. I believe the agency must correct its abuses and should dedicate its staff to protecting the country from actual threats, like child exploitation, human trafficking and drug-related crimes, instead of attempting to induce fear in immigrant communities.”
In the Democratic primary for Republican Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen’s seat, candidate has called to abolish the agency.
Haggman said that the agency needs to be replaced with something that would do more than simply focus on enforcement, although he wouldn’t say exactly what that would be.
He said, “The way we had it before under [the now-defunct Immigration and Naturalization Service], something like that, we can enforce our immigration laws through another mechanism, not ICE which is out of hand.”
Some Democratic leaders have continued to stress a need for border security.
President Trump accused Senate Minority leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., of wanting open borders.
Open borders, @realDonaldTrump? The bipartisan immigration bill I authored had $40 billion for border security and would have been far more effective than the wall.
— Chuck Schumer (@SenSchumer) June 21, 2018
Where are you on all this? Do you think ICE should be abolished? Do we need borders? Of course we do. The tactics used by Democrats is a NWO policy that starts with Socialism and then communism.
I believe a country is no longer a country without borders. We need ICE even more now than ever before. We need a wall and border security. Our illegal immigration is out of control. We need to put Americans first. Americans need to be cared for before people who come here illegally.
We must get behind Trump supporting Republicans and get more seats in the House and Senate. We need that RED WAVE. We need to stop SOCIALISM!