On Thursday, three House Democratic members introduced a measure calling for the abolishment of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The GOP majority, calling their bluff, enthusiastically agreed the measure should be brought to the House floor for a vote so Democrats would be on record supporting such a move. House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) said he planned to bring the Democratic bill to the floor.
Then, as if by magic (or reading the polls, which show only 25% of Americans think ICE should be abolished), the same three Democratic congressmen who introduced the measure, Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Adriano Espaillat (D-NY), said they would vote no if the measure reached the House floor.
Here is the ostensible reason the Three Gallant Musketeers offered for turning tail and running:
According to The Hill, the bill would “create a commission to examine ICE’s responsibilities and then recommend transferring them to other agencies.”
Even Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) has eschewed the idea of jettisoning ICE, saying, “No American likes the separation of children and that’s an awful thing and that’s got to be stopped, but ICE does do some things that are very important.”