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2018, 2020 Dems Divided Over ‘Abolish ICE’ Movement

A number of potential 2020 candidates have endorsed the idea, while 2018 Senate candidates are shying away from the issue.

By NTK Staff | 07.04.2018 @2:00pm
2018, 2020 Dems Divided Over ‘Abolish ICE’ Movement

A divide is growing in the Democratic Party among those potentially seeking the presidential nomination in 2020, and Democrats who are running for re-election in battleground states this year. The wedge pushing them apart? The “Abolish ICE” movement.

Democrats considering a presidential run have spoken out in support of the slogan, saying that ICE needs to go. On the other hand, a number of Democrats are trying to hold onto their Senate seats in states that President Trump won in 2016.

Here’s how Democrats have come down over the debate.

In support of Abolish ICE:

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY): Gillibrand was the first senator to call for the dismantling of ICE. She is a potential 2020 candidate.

Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-MA): The Massachusetts senator told a crowd last weekend that America should “replace” ICE. Warren is up for re-election this year in a relatively safe seat, but she is also frequently mentioned as a possible presidential candidate.

In opposition to Abolish ICE:

Sen. Bill Nelson (D-FL): The vulnerable senator, up for re-election this year, rejected the movement. Nelson told the Tampa Bay Times, “We should not abolish ICE. We ought to abolish Trump.”

Sen. Claire McCaskill (D-MO): McCaskill, running this year in a state Trump won by double digits, called the movement “dumb” this week.

Sen. Amy Klobuchar (D-MN): The president did not win Klobuchar’s state in 2016, but he came close. With the senator up for re-election in a battleground state year, she rejected the calls to end immigration enforcement.

Not Clear:

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA): The rising Democratic star from California suggested that the United States “re-examine ICE and its role,” but she stopped short of joining calls to “abolish ICE.”

Sen. Bernie Sanders (I-VT): In an appearance on CNN in June, Sanders dodged a question about the “Abolish ICE” movement, saying that America needs a change in policy.

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