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House Democrats Won’t Vote on Their Own “Abolish ICE” Legislation

Three House Democrats who introduced legislation to abolish ICE won’t support their own legislation now.

By NTK Staff | 07.13.2018 @12:00pm
House Democrats Won’t Vote on Their Own “Abolish ICE” Legislation

Earlier this week House Democrats introduced legislation to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, and now The Hill is reporting that a group of Democrats who introduced the legislation will vote against it if Republicans bring it to the floor.

According to The Hill:

“Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.) released a statement Thursday accusing GOP leaders of exploiting the legislation for political gain after leadership confirmed it planned to hold a vote.”

“While the Democratic lawmakers said they plan to vote against their own measure – which would create a commission to examine ICE’s responsibilities and then recommend transferring them to other agencies – they said they welcome the opportunity for debate.”

The “abolish ICE” movement became a midterm election issue after democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez‘s stunning primary upset of House Democratic Caucus Chair Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY) last month.

Cortez was an earlier supporter of the “abolish ICE” movement and the issue quickly became something of a progressive litmus test for Democrats running in 2018.

Potential 2020 presidential candidates Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kamala Harris (D-CA), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA) have all supported the idea of abolishing the agency.

However, recent polling showed that a majority of Americans oppose the idea of abolishing ICE.

According to a Politico/Morning Consult poll, 54 percent of Americans oppose getting rid of ICE, while only 25 percent of Americans support the idea.

Even Democrats have blasted the proposal. Senate Minority Whip Dick Durbin (D-IL) recently said in an interview that he doesn’t think abolishing ICE is “a credible position.”

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