A time is fast approaching when it will be a non-starter for Democrat candidates to support the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
The first reported instance we have of this new requirement comes from Arizona, where Ann Kirkpatrick, a candidate for the state’s 2nd Congressional District, was booed after she raised her hand in support of ICE. Kirkpatrick and the other candidates were asked if any of them “would have declared [their] support for ICE agents without any increased oversight,” according to The Washington Free Beacon. Kirkpatrick raised her hand.
There has been a push in the Democratic Party — at least vocally — to “abolish ICE” to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, which activists say have led to the forceful removal of children from their families at the border. Protests against the agency took place in Philadelphia, Seattle, and Columbus, Ohio, and other cities, predictably becoming violent. Protesters even went after the agency as it broke up a child sex-trafficking ring.
Prominent 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have also called to abolish the agency, including Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Democrats even tried to introduce an “abolish ICE” bill, but the moderate wing of the party put a stop to it by telling House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) they’d vote no if it was brought to the floor. Instead, Ryan brought a resolution that favored ICE, and Democrats chickened out, with only 18 voting against the resolution, and many more simply voting “present.”
But if the progressive wing of the party is going to boo anyone who supports the agency, Democrat candidates may have to start publicly stating they’ll “abolish” ICE.
Good thing there are actually more sensible members of Congress.