What started off as a radical position is becoming more and more tied with the mainstream Democratic Party’s platform ahead of the 2018 midterm election: abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
Perhaps this moved into the mainstream after 28-year-old Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez unseated senior House Democrat Joe Crowley in her primary election with part of her platform being to abolish ICE.
Because after Octavio-Cortez’s victory, Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) were quick jump aboard the “abolish ICE” train. New York’s mayor Bill De Blasio also hopped on as the caboose.
The policy is ludicrous. ICE is in charge of overseeing homeland security and investigating crimes such as human trafficking. We need this agency.
The implications of the Democratic platform to abolish ICE will be horrendous for the party. President Donald Trump has already done his part to suggest this, tweeting the following on Sunday morning:
The Liberal Left, also known as the Democrats, want to get rid of ICE, who do a fantastic job, and want Open Borders. Crime would be rampant and uncontrollable! Make America Great Again
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) July 1, 2018
On a Saturday interview with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo, President Trump said he hopes Democrats who are calling to abolish ICE reconsider “because they’re going to get beaten so badly.”
He’s probably right. The position is a massive political mistake.
“If it ain’t broke, don’t fix it,” the famous saying goes. But if something is perceived to be broken, one would think the proper solution is to fix it rather than abolish it.