There’s a growing list of Democratic politicians and activists who are agitating for the abolishment of ICE, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.
But a new poll shows they’re opposing the majority of Americans and even a plurality in their own party.
Fox News reported opponents of the agency, created in the wake of the 9/11 terror attacks, include Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y.; Bernie Sanders, I-Vt.; and Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass.
Warren, for example, said, the president’s “deeply immoral actions have made it obvious we need to rebuild our immigration system from top to bottom, starting by replacing ICE with something that reflects our morality and that works.”
She was referring to a federal law, also enforced by President Obama, in which children are temporarily separated from adults who are jailed while under prosecution for entering the country illegally.
But Rasmussen Reports says its survey of 1,000 likely voters, conducted June 27-28, shows there’s “not much support,” even among Democrats, for abolishing ICE.
Just 25 percent of likely U.S. voters favor getting rid of ICE and 55 percent are opposed. Twenty percent are undecided.
The breakdown is 69 percent of Republicans, 44 percent of Democrats and 53 percent of unaffiliated voters who oppose getting rid of ICE.
The polling company said ICE “has faced increasing criticism as Democrats and the media publicize its long-standing policy of separating most children from their parents when dealing with illegal immigrants.”
“But most voters blame the parents of the separated children at the border, not the federal government.”
Rasmussen also found that despite President Trump’s efforts to toughen border enforcement, voters still think it’s easier for illegal immigrants to get into the United States and stay there than in much of the rest of the world.
And most voters think illegal immigrants “are a significant strain on the U.S. budget, and a plurality (45 percent) says they increase the level of serious crime in America, too.”
Only 37 percent say they want to live in a sanctuary community.
Fox’s list of lawmakers seeking to abolish ICE included Rep. Earl Blumenauer, D-Ore., who said, “We should abolish ICE and start over, focusing on our priorities to protect our families and our borders in a humane and thoughtful fashion.”
Rep. Pramila Jayapal, D-Wash., said she would “love” to see ICE vanish.
And Rep. Jim McGovern, D-Mass., said, “It’s time.”
Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wisc., already has written legislation get rid of the agency.
Other Democrats on the bandwagon are New York Mayor Bill de Blasio, New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, Wisconsin congressional candidate Randy Bryce and New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.