Abolish ICE? No, say these two vulnerable Florida Democrats

Leroy Wright
July 6, 2018

It was a heartless and poorly planned exercise aimed at discouraging would-be immigrants from countries south of us from illegal entry.

City Councilman Gil Cedillo also joined a growing list of politicians and organizations calling for an end to ICE by introducing a resolution that would support its elimination.

The White House issued a lengthy release that outlined the consequences of abolishing the agency.

When was ICE set up?

"We want tough, strong, powerful borders, and we want no crime".

It is one of three agencies-all part of the Department of Homeland Security (DHS)-that's been tasked with immigration control. "That's the problem; it's the Trump policy that's the problem at our border".

Formed at the same time as the Department of Homeland Security in 2003, ICE encompasses more than 20,000 employees. The term "sanctuary" refers to a jurisdiction that limits how far local officials will go to help enforce immigration law. But, as MSNBC host Chris Hayes tweeted, "you don't need an agency devoted to unauthorized immigration to apprehend violent criminals". The core demands - no more ICE, no more criminalized migration, and no more family separations - are surprisingly focused, considering how disjointed and unfocused other large leftist movements have been. In April, the agency raided another plant in eastern Tennessee, arresting almost 100 people.

But the plurality - 44 percent - backed the government's current position: that the families be held together in detention centers until their immigration hearings and then be deported or allowed to stay. However, deportations soared under Obama. He says she came to the USA legally from Chihuahua state and worked to quickly assimilate, eschewing Spanish for English so much so that he and other offspring didn't learn Spanish at all. That policy was mostly carried out by a separate agency, Customs and Border Patrol, though many parents are eventually transferred to ICE for immigration hearings.

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Even those who recoil at some of Trump's immigration policies and cite the family-separation policy as a wrong-headed, avoidable series of tragedies, don't think abolishing ICE is the answer. "You abolish ICE now, you still have the same President with the same failed policies, whatever you replace it with is just still (going to) reflect what this President wants to do".

Elected Democrats and left-wing activists have called for ICE to be reformed or abolished, including Senate minority leader Chuck Schumer and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi.

Democratic lawmakers plan to introduce a bill that would dismantle the agency. Even ICE agents have called for it to be disbanded.

Gwen Graham wouldn't say she supported abolishing ICE.

This is the president's No. 1 message for the midterms: Republicans are tough on the border and strong on crime, and Democrats are weak and will let hordes of immigrants come in illegally and "infest" our country. Among those who oppose abolishing ICE, 63% say it's not aggressive enough.

Customs and Border Protection and ICE serve different functions. "So anyone who says that is either ill-informed or outright lying".

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