Trump: “they’re going to get beaten so badly… I love that issue if they’re going to actually do that”
The Abolish ICE movement is now a full-blown Democratic Party thing.
We noted in “Abolish ICE” is Democrat for “Open Borders” and Yes, Dems are actually going to run on that, that the movement gained steam after New York Socialist Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez put out the call, and it was picked up by presidential hopefuls Senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Kamala Harris.
Elizabeth Warren doesn’t want to be left behind in the race to win the support of 2020’s Democratic Socialist base, so Warren jumped on the Abolish Ice bandwagon today.
Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren on Saturday called for US Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be replaced with an agency that reflects America’s morality and “that works,” joining the growing chorus of Democrats who have called for the agency to be scrapped.
“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,” Warren said at an immigration protest against family separations in Boston, Massachusetts, which was among hundreds of marches, protests and rallies taking place across the nation Saturday.
“President Trump seems to think the only way to have immigration rules is rip parents from their families, is to treat rape victims and refugees like terrorists and to put children in cages,” Warren told the large crowd of protesters who gathered outside Boston’s City Hall Plaza.
She added, “This is ugly, this is wrong, and this is not the way to run our country.”
This will play to the base, but is unlikely to play beyond that because everyone understand that when Democratic Socialists say ABOLISH ICE, what they really mean is ABOLISH BORDERS. They certainly don’t mean that they want better border enforcement. Certainly ICE can be improved, but everyone understands that the Abolish ICE movement is about open borders.
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Leading Democrats appear to be living in the same type of bubble that led to Trump’s victory. A recent Harvard/Harris poll showed strong support for border security:
Although American voters are sympathetic to immigrant families being separated at the border, they demand stronger border security and immigration enforcement. Voters do not believe that families ought to be separated when they cross illegally (88%), and they support the Trump administration’s late policy reversal, allowing families to stay together (71%), even if it was done unilaterally through an executive order.
A majority of voters want immigration reform (73%) and secure borders (76%). Voters also want stricter enforcement of immigration laws (70%). Voters support prosecuting immigrants who cross the border illegally (53%) and sending these immigrants home (64%). A majority (55%) also stand against so-called “catch and release” policies.
Expect Republicans to jump all over this new Democratic push. And Trump already has, tweeting:
To the great and brave men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit. You are doing a fantastic job of keeping us safe by eradicating the worst criminal elements. So brave! The radical left Dems want you out. Next it will be all police. Zero chance, It will never happen!
Fox News reports that Trump is practically jumping for joy that abolishing ICE is the movement Democrats are getting behind:
President Trump is predicting that Democrats will be “beaten so badly” if they campaign on the policy of abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) — just as the once-fringe call to scrap the agency is going mainstream among the left.
In an interview to be aired Sunday with Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures,” Trump was asked what he thinks about more Democrats lining up to call for the agency’s abolition.
“Well I hope they keep thinking about it. Because they’re going to get beaten so badly,” he said. “You know ICE, these are the guys that go in and take MS-13, and they take them out. Because they’re much tougher than MS-13, like by a factor of 10. And these are the ones – you get rid of ICE you’re going to have a country that you’re going to be afraid to walk out of your house.”
“I love that issue if they’re going to actually do that,” he added.
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