Kirsters Baish| Doesn’t it just seem like some Democrats hate Trump just to say they hate Trump? They seem to ban together with that “gang mentality” when it comes to criticizing him on his stance in issues like illegal immigration. Some Democrats have even called to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE.)
Over the last year, many Democrats have pushed for ICE’s abolition, but outspoken New York Representative/self-proclaimed Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has been at the forefront of the battle.
Unfortunately for Ocasio-Cortez, “the same zeal to abolish the agency that intercepts illegal drugs, breaks up human trafficking rings and deports illegal aliens is not shared by all of Ocasio-Cortez’s Democratic colleagues — especially one who sits in the unique position of having oversight over that government agency,” reports Conservative Tribune.
It was reported by CNS News that Democratic Representative Benny Thompson of Mississippi, who is currently serving as the chairman of the House Homeland Security Committee, stated this past Sunday that he wouldn’t be allowing any bills looking to abolish ICE pass his jurisdiction.
The Democrat’s comment came while he was making an appearance this Sunday on C-SPAN’s “News Makers” program.
Conservative Tribune reports, “Washington Times reporter and politics editor Stephan Dinan asked Thompson about the anti-ICE stance among some of his fellow Democrats and whether he shared the notion that ICE should be abolished and if such legislation would be allowed to progress through his committee.”
“Well, you know, I’ve been a supporter of ICE,” Thompson answered. “They do a job just like any operation. We can review what they do. And if we need to tweak it, I’m committed to doing that.”
“There have been some question about ICE’s interior enforcement role, and we need to look at that. As you know, we share jurisdiction of ICE with the Committee on Judiciary, so in some instances we’ll probably have to have joint hearings,” he continued.
“But I don’t think there’s any issue that we won’t look at to see if we can improve it,” Thompson answered.
Dinan interjected, asking flat out, “Will you bring an abolish ICE bill through your committee?”
Thompson answered with a simple, “No.”
Take a look:
Conservative Tribune reports:
Ocasio-Cortez and several others on the left have been on a warpath against ICE for nearly a year, comparing the agents to jack-booted thugs of fascist dictators while accusing them — generally without evidence — of committing various atrocities against innocent migrants lacking documentation, better known as illegal aliens.
However, it would appear that the effort to replace ICE with some sort of “humane” agency that would place illegal immigrants on a pedestal above U.S. citizens is essentially dead on arrival — even in a Democratic-majority House — as the chairman of the committee who would have to approve such a bill has already gone on record as defending the continued existence of the agency.
To be sure, Thompson will most likely conduct vigorous oversight of ICE, and may even allow for the passage of proposed legislation out of his committee that makes significant reforms to the agency — how such a bill might fare in the Senate is anybody’s guess — but he won’t allow for the abolition of ICE on his watch.