Douglas Andrews / May 19, 2021

The Abolition of ICE

Thanks to Joe Biden, our Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency now exists in name only.

Leftists have upped their euphemism game of late, and they needed to. Because their ideas, when viewed in plain sight and explained in plain language, are becoming more repulsive by the day.

Take last summer’s riots, for example, and the calls of the Democrats’ hard-left flank to “defund” or “abolish” the police. Try as they might, their leadership couldn’t unsay those odious words, but they did manage to educate Sandy Cortez and her ilk on how to keep from turning off four-fifths of the American people whenever they open their mouths: Instead of “defund” or “abolish,” try saying something softer, subtler, smoother. Try saying “reimagine” instead.

Cortez appears to have learned her lesson, at least partially, because this is what she tweeted on February 23: “It’s only 2 mos into this admin & our fraught, unjust immigration system will not transform in that time. That’s why bold reimagination is so impt. DHS shouldn’t exist, agencies should be reorganized, ICE gotta go, ban for-profit detention, create climate refugee status & more.”

“Reimagination,” she said. But also: “ICE gotta go.”

And away ICE went. Not literally, of course, but functionally. Our nation’s Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency has become a toothless shadow of its former self.

“Did you miss the story about Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) being abolished?” asked Gary Bauer. “Joe Biden and his open borders gang are smart enough to avoid saying it out loud, as the socialist Squad does. [They] effectively abolished ICE, but they’ll never tell you they did it. Last month, deportations hit a record low, even as illegal border crossings are surging to record highs. Under new Biden Administration regulations, ICE has effectively been handcuffed.”

Let that sink in. Deportations are at a record low, yet border crossings are at an all-time high. The math speaks for itself.

Crisis? What crisis? There’s no crisis here, says the crisis-free Biden administration.

“The more we learn about the true dimensions of the crisis at the U.S.-Mexico border,” writes the Washington Examiner’s Byron York, “the worse it is. Now, a new report says that in the last few months U.S. authorities have encountered illegal border crossers not just from Mexico, or the Northern Triangle countries, but from 160 nations around the globe. People are coming to Mexico from the most distant spots on the planet in order to cross illegally into the United States, confident that President Joe Biden will let them stay. And Biden is doing just that.”

Yes, they’re coming from the “Northern Triangle” countries — Guatemala, Honduras, and El Salvador — but they’re also coming from Ecuador, and Venezuela, and the Middle East, and India, and elsewhere in Asia.

As York reports, they’re flying to Mexico City, and from there they take a two-day bus ride to the border. “Aid workers report seeing migrants from everywhere — ‘Arabic, Haitian Creole, Hindi and Portuguese speakers,’ among many others.”

And why are they coming? “Because,” as York writes, “they have heard — correctly — that this moment presents a huge opportunity to enter the United States illegally without fear of being sent home. ‘While most of the migrants do not necessarily understand the intricacies of U.S. border policy, many said in interviews that they perceived a limited-time offer to enter the United States,’” said one reporter. “Friends and family members already in the country, along with smugglers eager to cash in, have assured them that they will not be turned away — and this is proving to be true.”

The result needn’t be said, but Bauer says it just the same: “Most Americans are not happy with Biden’s handling of the border. They blame him for the current crisis, and prefer Trump’s border security policies over Biden’s open borders agenda.”

Still, AOC got her wish. ICE has essentially been abol… uh, reimagined.

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