It’s hard for many to believe, but there is a growing sentiment on the left that is seeking to make the idea of abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) a pillar for the Democratic platform in 2018 and 2020.
In an op-ed piece, Roberts asks what’s so crazy about the idea of eliminating a federal agency.
“The clarion calls to excise ICE from the executive corpus have rung especially clear of late. First, an essay by Sean McElwee in the Nation last week probed whether “an unaccountable strike force executing a campaign of ethnic cleansing” is compatible with democracy. (His answer: No.) Then, MSNBC’s Chris Hayes asked potential 2020 presidential contender Sen. Kamala D. Harris (D-Calif.) if the agency, which Harris says has abused its power, should exist. (Her answer: Yes.)
To Harris’s further-left detractors, the resignation Tuesday of San Francisco’s ICE spokesman after the Trump administration put out false public statements about a recent raid offered one more reason that she’s wrong. Of course, ICE is abusing its power, they argue – that’s what it was created to do. And anyone who plans to lead the Democratic Party should say so and fight to defund it. Conservative and more moderate commentators, on the other hand, act as if they’ve never heard a proposition so radical. Take a government agency and just … get rid of it? Who’d ever suggest something so extreme?…
What’s happening today is happening because of Trump, but it’s also happening because of what ICE was always meant to be: an immigrant disposal system. The agency isn’t after “good” guys or “bad” guys. It’s after everyone. “The shackles [are] off,” as Trump said, but the beast they were holding back was born 15 years ago. Being a good Democrat might just mean killing it.”
Roberts goes further pointing out how many other government agencies and departments have been targeted for elimination by both parties over the years: The IRS, Education and Energy are among those aimed at by Republicans. And Barack Obama suggested getting rid of the Commerce Department.
What Roberts is missing is the reality that all of those targeted agencies are still going strong. Talking about and eliminating are obviously two very different things.
The Washington Post columnist is right in stating that ICE has not been around as long as other agencies. It was started in 2003 by the Homeland Security Act in response to the 2001 terror attacks. They have been responsible for getting many criminal illegal aliens out of the country, and they have whittled away at more than ten million illegal aliens in our cities and towns.
What she failed to mention is that ICE has always existed and was not called ICE but their responsibilities as a division of the United States Immigration and Naturalization Service (INS). In 2003 INS was broken up into three parts U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services (USCIS), U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), and U.S. Customs and Border Protection (CBP). All were placed under homeland security, Roberts has a short memory, or wants to rewrite history. INS was conducting “raids” long before ICE was started. You can click here to read an article from the LA Times about INS raids in 1993 below is a picture of an INS officer chasing a suspect.
Their work is a catalyst for significant passion on both sides of the aisle. In the video clip below, you can hear Thomas Homan from ICE responding to Nancy Pelosi’s charge that his agents are “cowardly.”
What is most surprising about Robert’s column is her understanding of the purpose of ICE. She described the agency as “an immigrant disposal system.” There is one word that is missing in that description: “illegal.”
What do you think will happen if you actually get rid of the agency that is charged with getting rid of people who are in this country illegally?
Many of the GOP are probably hoping that this will make it to the Democratic platform in the coming elections.
Watch Homan ask Pelosi: “How dare you call ICE agents cowardly?”
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