Three Democrat lawmakers who introduced legislation to ‘abolish ICE’ had their bluff called when House GOP leaders agreed to bring the bill to the floor.
The legislation dubbed the ‘Establishing a Humane Immigration Enforcement System Act’ was introduced on Thursday by Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Adriano Espaillat (D-NY).
According to The Hill, the Democrat bill would “create a commission to examine ICE’s responsibilities and then recommend transferring them to other agencies.”
Other prominent Democrats have also called for abolishing ICE, including Bernie Sanders, Kirsten Gillibrand, and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio, who allegedly broke immigration laws himself recently.
MORE: The bill’s sponsors say they introduced the measure because they believe U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is too corrupt to reform. https://t.co/bf4XJ8vZpm
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Republican lawmakers responded by essentially saying ‘if you want to move that far to the extreme, let’s do it.’
Their bluff was called when GOP leaders agreed to get them on record with their vote.
“Abolishing ICE … is a radical, extreme position that would lead to open borders and undermine America’s national security,” House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA) said. “I think it’s the wrong approach. I think everyone ought to be on record about where they stand on that issue.”
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) agreed, saying he’d bring the bill to the floor of the House for a vote.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy says he plans to put the Dem’s abolish ICE bill on the House floor for a vote before the August recess
— Alex Moe (@AlexNBCNews) July 12, 2018
Wouldn’t you know it, all three of the Democrats who introduced the bill said they’d vote ‘no’ on it, claiming they know Speaker Paul Ryan isn’t serious about passing it.
So? Even if that’s the case, if you strongly believe in abolishing ICE, why wouldn’t you vote ‘yes’?
“We know Speaker Ryan is not serious about passing our ‘Establishing a Humane Immigration Enforcement System Act,’ so members of Congress, advocacy groups, and impacted communities will not engage in this political stunt.”
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— Ella Nilsen (@ella_nilsen) July 12, 2018
The fact is, these Democrats aren’t serious about passing it either. They were just looking for some love from their radical leftist base who truly believe ICE is the equivalent of the Nazis taking people to ‘concentration camps.’
At the same time, they must surely realize that a vast, vast majority of Americans oppose the abolition of ICE.
“This is the agency that gets gangs out of our communities, that helps prevent drugs from flowing into our schools, that rescues people from human trafficking,” Ryan said of the radical Democrat legislation.
He also believes Democrats “are tripping over themselves to move too far to the left.”
Even Senate Minority Leader Charles Schumer (D-NY) has backed away from the ‘abolish ICE’ movement.
“No American likes the separation of children and that’s an awful thing and that’s got to be stopped, but ICE does do some things that are very important,” he said.
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