Left wing open borders activists are demanding the dismantling or defunding of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), which was established in 2003 under the Department of Homeland Security to enforce federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration. The whole purpose for establishing ICE was to promote a more coordinated approach to homeland security and public safety than had existed prior to the 9⁄11 terrorist attacks. The leftist base of the Democratic Party could not care less about Americans’ safety, however. They are pushing a radical anti-law enforcement agenda on immigration, mirroring the Black Lives Matter movement that reviled the police. The left’s rallying cry is “Abolish ICE.” It is reminiscent of the call by a Black Lives Matter activist during a Fox News interview two years ago to “abolish the police, period.”
The left’s rhetoric is becoming increasingly insane, as they live in a world where up is down and down is up. For example, according to Cynthia Nixon, the Sex and the City actress who is challenging Governor Andrew Cuomo in the New York gubernatorial primary this year, ICE, which was granted civil and criminal authority to better protect national security and public safety in response to the terrorist attacks on 9⁄11, is itself a “terrorist organization.” She launched her very own “Abolish ICE” petition.
A protestor in Los Angeles from a “woman’s peace organization” felt that simply calling ICE a terrorist organization did not go far enough. She told MSNBC on Saturday, as protests against President Trump’s zero-tolerance law enforcement policies took place across the country, that ICE is “beyond a terrorist organization.” Then she blamed the whole immigration problem on U.S. economic and foreign policies. “We’re a woman’s peace organization,” she exclaimed, “and it is the violence of the United States government, and it is the 60% of the tax dollars that’s spent on the weapons and war that creates the immigration and refugees and our, you know, economic policies. So we have to be responsible. We have to bring them in and hold them and, not violate them farther than our policies have violated them.” Under this “reasoning,” the vicious animals of MS-13 who have illegally infiltrated our country became that way because of the U.S. government’s policies. Therefore, we are asked to make sure we do “not violate them farther than our policies have violated them.” Such is the thinking of the looney left.
Chanting “Abolish Ice,” protesters affiliated with the Women’s March staged a sit-in last Thursday in the Senate’s Hart Office Building, leading to the arrest of about 600 people. The Palestinian-American Islamist Linda Sarsour, a co-chair of the 2017 women’s march against Donald Trump who called for a “jihad” against the president at the Islamic Society of North America (ISNA) convention in Chicago a year ago and has opposed assimilation, helped to organize the “Abolish Ice” protest.
The Democratic party is following its radical left base. The No. 4 Democrat in the House of Representatives, Joe Crowley, was defeated in a primary contest by a young Democratic Socialist, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who wants to abolish ICE. Boston-area Democratic congressional candidate Ayanna Pressley wants to defund ICE because it is an “existential threat” to “immigrant communities.” Last week, Wisconsin Democratic Representative Mark Pocan said he intends to introduce a bill in Congress that would officially abolish ICE, attacking what he claimed were the “heartless actions of this abused agency.” He has supporters in the House for his proposal. Democratic senators such as Senator Elizabeth Warren of Massachusetts and Senator Kristin Gillibrand of New York, both considered contenders for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020, have joined the anti-ICE chorus.
“The speed at which Abolish ICE has moved from slogan to legislation is telling,” said Sean McElwee, the co-founder of the progressive data group Data for Progress. “Every Democrat who wants to be President must articulate to the progressive base a vision of a world without ICE.”
The illogic underlying the “Abolish Ice” campaign is illustrated by Senator Gillibrand’s criticism of the law enforcement agency. ICE “has become a deportation force,” she tweeted. Duh! If foreigners are entering this country illegally, they should normally be deported. What’s Gillibrand’s alternative? A hearty welcome with open arms for flouting this country’s immigration laws, while people trying to enter the country legally must wait in line for years? Ending all forms of immigration detention, meaning more catch and release of illegal aliens who will seek the protection of sanctuary cities and be free to commit crimes against American citizens? Encouraging more migrant parents to risk their children’s lives as well as their own by placing themselves and their children in the hands of drug smugglers and human traffickers?
Gillibrand does not see the breaking of U.S. immigration law as a criminal matter. “We need to separate immigration issues from criminal justice,” she tweeted. Tell that to the families of victims killed by illegal aliens.
Senator Warren believes it is time to abolish ICE with something that “reflects the morality of the country.” Does the “morality of the country” include the enabling of drug smuggling, human trafficking, terrorist infiltration, or the killing of law-abiding U.S. citizens by illegal immigrants who never should have been allowed into this country in the first place? Apparently so, as far as Senator Warren is concerned, since she wants to abolish the agency charged with the responsibility to stop these threats to Americans’ security and sense of well-being.
Democrats risk overplaying their hand and allowing Republicans to portray them during the upcoming midterm election campaigns as pro-open borders and soft on crime. President Trump previewed this line of attack, tweeting 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!” That nicely sums up the direction the Democratic Party is going, led by its radical left base.
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