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 experiment that is ICE has failed, and must be ended as soon as possible.”
— Working Families Party (@WorkingFamilies) July 11, 2018
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.
What @realDonaldTrump and @mike_pence are doing to immigrant families is unconscionable. ICE is an out-of-control agency and it must be stopped. In this country, nothing can stop millions of people from demanding change. #AbolishICE https://t.co/1qneQynY4B
— Cynthia Nixon (@CynthiaNixon) July 7, 2018
Here’s what must be done:
We must #abolishICE. It’s very structure is about as undemocratic and authoritarian as it gets in the US.
We have to replace ICE with an updated INS-like structure that handles crime through the same court system we’ve had for well over 100 years. /8
— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) May 26, 2018
Gillibrand: “Abolish and Reimagine ICE”
Warren: “Abolish and Replace ICE”
Bernie: “Restructure ICE”
Ocasio-Cortez: “Abolish and Replace ICE” (with “updated INS”) https://t.co/H5iwWorMfF
— Topher Spiro (@TopherSpiro) July 3, 2018
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:
The men and women of @ICEgov are American heroes – you’re doing an important job. We’re going to continue to work to ensure this agency has the support and the resources that you need and the respect that you deserve. #IStandWithICE
— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) July 6, 2018
Did you know:
In 2017 ICE made 4,818 gang arrests (796 were MS 13 animals)
They bust dozens of child sex trafficking rings a year
Democrats want to abolish the rule or law and those who enforce it. They prefer anarchy to protect illegals than law and order
— Charlie Kirk (@charliekirk11) July 7, 2018
Wrong Park Ave Perry. We should NOT stop the cooperation & coordination between ICE & our local forces. We should support ICE! I support ICE. We should have MORE cooperation & coordination. The extremism of the Dem Socialists is now getting even more out of touch w reality. pic.twitter.com/BWToJNwL6c
— Lee Zeldin (@leezeldin) July 11, 2018
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.