Immigration

'Abolish ICE' — Demos' New Rallying Cry

What did it take for Democrats to finally find a government agency they want to eliminate?

Nate Jackson · Jul. 2, 2018

What did it take for Democrats to finally find a government agency they want to eliminate? A midterm election strategy that includes demonizing President Donald Trump and Republicans for enforcing the law at the border. As Democrats lurch left, they’re even pushing socialist candidates to primary wins. And that’s having policy consequences.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Millennial socialist who ousted the number four House Democrat in a primary last week, has called for abolishing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). It wasn’t long before Democrat 2020 presidential hopefuls followed suit. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) was the first, saying, “I believe that [ICE] has become a deportation force. And I think you should separate out the criminal justice from the immigration issues. I think you should reimagine ICE under a new agency, with a very different mission, and take those two missions out. So we believe that we should protect families that need our help, and that is not what ICE is doing today.”

Gillibrand added, “Keeping our country safe cannot come at a cost to basic human rights.” Keep in mind that she’s the same senator who renewed the call for a ban on “assault weapons” after Thursday’s massacre with a shotgun, despite gun bans trampling Second Amendment rights. To Democrats, some “basic human rights” are more equal than others, but that’s another story.

Other Democrats jumped on the anti-ICE bandwagon, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Cherokee), Sen. Kamala Harris (D-2020) and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio. Meanwhile, hundreds of anti-ICE protesters were arrested in the Hart office building in DC. “The president’s deeply immoral actions have made it obvious we need to rebuild our immigration system from top to bottom,” Warren declared Saturday, “starting by replacing ICE with something that reflects our morality and that works.” Democrats and morality … whoo boy.

That “morality” hinges on smearing all Republicans as racist for advocating secure borders. One Democrat strategist said as much, insisting Trump is using ICE as a tool to “radicalize his racist policies against anyone who doesn’t live in this country.” Given that, according to leftist morality, “racist” is the worst thing anyone or any institution can be, calls for abolishing ICE — and effectively all border enforcement — are inevitably going to become louder.

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