The White House is going all in on defending ICE amid burgeoning Democratic calls to ‘abolish’ the agency


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The White House is ramping up its defense of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, colloquially known as ICE, amid burgeoning calls from Democrats for the agency to be abolished.
On Friday, Vice President Mike Pence said the calls for ICE to be abolished were “irresponsible” and said the Trump administration is with the agency “100%.”
Sens. Elizabeth Warren, and Kirsten Gillibrand, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, and rising Democratic star Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez are among those calling for ICE to be abolished.

The White House is ramping up its defense of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the agency known as ICE, amid burgeoning calls from some Democrats for the agency to abolished.

“Just when you thought the Democrats couldn’t move farther to the left, leading members of the Democratic Party, including candidates for higher office, are actually openly advocating for the abolition of ICE, an agency that protects the American people and our communities every single day,” Vice President Mike Pence said during a trip to ICE headquarters on Friday.

Citing calls for ICE to be abolished from Sen. Elizabeth Warren, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, Pence said that while “the American people have a right to their opinions, but these spurious attacks on ICE by our political leaders must stop.”

Pence said the calls for ICE to be abolished were “irresponsible” and said the Trump administration is with the agency “100%.”

The calls to abolish @ICEgov are not just outrageous – they’re irresponsible. Abolishing ICE would mean more illegal immigration, more violent crime, more vicious gangs, more drugs, and more human trafficking. #IStandWithICE pic.twitter.com/MWTF4x8PG4

— Vice President Mike Pence (@VP) July 6, 2018

Immigration was already poised to be a key issue in this year’s midterm elections, but ICE has been pushed to the center of that debate as the Trump administration faces criticism over its “zero tolerance” immigration policy and the separation of migrant families at the border. A Reuters/Ipsos poll released this week found that immigration was the top concern for voters ahead of the midterms.

In addition to Warren, Gillibrand, and de Blasio, several Democratic members of the House have also called for ICE to be abolished.

Meanwhile, rising Democratic superstar Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who won a shocking victory in the New York Democratic party congressional primary in June, is also among those who’ve called for the agency’s abolishment. Pence …read more

Source:: Business Insider

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