Issues, Politics

Polls: Americans Want to Keep ICE

The Twitter hashtag turned trendy a misinformed rally cry known as ‘Abolish ICE’ which is failing to gain political traction for the Left.
In fact, according to a Harvard-Harris poll, three-quarters of Republicans and a solid majority of Democrats oppose abolishing ICE.
A few Democrats more in tune with reality are urging a refocus on policy reform rather than abolishing immigration law enforcement.
Which shouldn’t come as a surprise; after all, opening up our back door to every would-be drug dealer and terrorist somehow doesn’t sit well with even the most liberal Democrats.
Here’s more from Hot Air…

 

“Abolish ICE” isn’t a solution, argues my colleague Ed Morrissey at the Daily Beast today, it’s a slogan. Indeed, and that’s being generous. It started as a Twitter hashtag, per HuffPost. As the phrase started showing up more online, desperate opportunists like Kirsten Gillibrand who are looking for an angle to shore up their left flank in the 2020 primaries glommed onto it. Just like that, the hashtag #AbolishICE had become the slogan “Abolish ICE,” which had in turn become a semi-serious policy proposed by a semi-serious U.S. senator. And once it did, other supposedly serious 2020 contenders had to keep pace with Gillibrand by proposing it too.

Suddenly Democrats have a problem. No one to the right of the DSA thinks “abolish ICE” will help claw back Rust Belt voters who flipped from Obama to Trump in the last election, but because it’s gone from zero to “litmus test” overnight with Gillibrand’s and Warren’s help, the party leadership can only run so far from the idea without getting into trouble.

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