Pence: 'Spurious Attacks On ICE By Our Political Leaders Must Stop'

Larry Hoffman
July 7, 2018

The brother of a murdered Border Patrol agent has hit out at "hypocritical" and "lawless" Democrats after they called to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). "Rounding up children, that's not what they're supposed to do", he said. "This Administration is attacking immigrants on a multitude of fronts and we must resist on all of them". Calls to dismantle ICE have mounted across the country in the wake of the Trump administration's family separation policy, which has left hundreds of children stranded in detention centers without their parents. So whether you want ICE to do it or you want to go back to Immigration and Naturalization Services, whether you want the Federal Bureau of Investigation to do that - someone is going to enforce our federal immigration laws in this country.

"That's all we are asking, that they are able to quell our fears", Romero said. In an interview with Fox News that aired Sunday, Trump said he was thrilled that some Democrats were adopting this new rallying cry and signaled he would use it against them as often as possible. Under President Barack Obama, the unit prioritized removing those undocumented immigrants who had committed serious crimes, but the Trump administration has broadened its mandate to target anyone in the USA illegally.

Those immigrants who are being asked to sign the form are not given the choice of remaining in the USA with their children while they pursue asylum cases.

Because of this multipart structure, even some Ice agents believe it should be abolished, although likely not in the way that activists are calling for. It employs more than 20,000 people.

However, he said there could be concern around immigration enforcement more broadly.

Over the weekend, hundreds of thousands gathered for marches in cities and towns across the country in act of mass resistance against Trump's immigration policies.

The protesters are demanding an end to the separation and jailing of families at the U.S. -Mexico border and the closure of a immigration detention facility in Berks County. Fifty-five percent (55%) are opposed. "In these polls I try to be as detailed in the policy questions as I was polling for six years for President Clinton", Penn said, "because public opinion in America is far more nuanced than people realize - small changes in policy make a big difference". This was the question: "Many entering the US illegally claim asylum and are held here pending a review of their claim for asylum".

"I agree with the Congressional Hispanic Caucus that abolishing ICE won't solve the problem of cruel and inhumane enforcement by the Trump administration", said Schrier, the Issaquah pediatrician who has led Democratic contenders in fundraising.

Did the Democratic Party miss that election? If Penn's findings are correct, most Americans are closer to Trump than today's Democrats.

Byron York is chief political correspondent for The Washington Examiner. If you would like to discuss another topic, look for a relevant article.

Be Civil - It's OK to have a difference in opinion but there's no need to be a jerk. "We care for our neighbors, and we for immigration rights".

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