More than 100 Elected Officials Want to Abolish ICE — Only a Fraction of Americans Agree

| JUL 11, 2018 | 9:24 PM

Reuters/Joshua Roberts

In an open letter, over 100 state and local officials called on Congress to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), but only 25 percent of Americans want that to happen.

In a poll conducted by Politico and Morning Consult, only a quarter of Americans want to abolish ICE. Over half of Americans believe in keeping ICE, while 21 percent of voters are not sure.

The poll also revealed a partisan divide on the issue, with 79 percent of Republicans supporting ICE and only 34 percent of Democrats agreeing. In fact, 43 percent of Democrats would like to see ICE abolished. 

The Working Families Party worked to secure signatures from officials at all levels of government from 20 states to abolish the agency:

The signers of the letter hope “to bring an end to the fear and suffering that rampant immigration enforcement causes in our communities by defunding and disbanding ICE.”

The calls to abolish ICE started with Democratic fresh-faces like New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, but more senior members of the party have taken notice.

Although the movement to abolish ICE may be gaining steam from the loudest voices on the Democratic side of the aisle, most Americans have made it clear that they support ICE:

While Republicans are largely united in their support for ICE, it remains to be seen how Democrats will align as the 2018 midterms draw near.