For weeks now there have been mass protests over the separation of children from their illegal immigrant parents. The turmoil has included protesters demanding that Immigration and Customs agency (ICE) be abolished. Democrats have joined the protesters in their demands that ICE be abolished.
Senators Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kamala Harris (D-Calif.) ad Bernie Sanders (D-Vermont), all potential presidential candidates in 2020, have now called for the abolishment of ICE. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who sent shock waves through the Democratic Party by defeating 10-term Congressman Joe Crowley in a NYC primary, made the abolition of ICE a key platform in her campaign.
President Trump has warned that if ICE were to be abolished, “Crime would be rampant and uncontrollable.” Now that’s pure hogwash. The overwhelming majority of the illegals are not burglars, robbers, rapists or murderers, nor do they join gangs. Trump also says that he has “watched ICE liberate towns from the grasp of MS-13.” More hogwash. While the Border Patrol may have stopped some MS-13 gang members from getting into the U.S., It is the FBI and local police that have been busting up the MS-13 gangs.
President Trump’s balderdash aside, there are very good reasons why ICE should not be abolished. Without ICE there would be no Border Patrol officers to stop illegal immigrants from entering the U.S. at established border crossings or to intercept those who have managed cross the border elsewhere. The Border Patrol Is doing the best it can to stop the wave of illegal immigration and should be commended, not abolished.
The separation policy, which has led to the demands that ICE be abolished, is stupid and entirely unnecessary. The parents, for the most part, are not going to be sent to prison, their only crime is having entered the U.S. illegally. The detention centers should have been set up like the detention centers that held Japanese-American families after Pearl Harbor.
If the truth be known, the only reason children are being separated from parents is to discourage families from Central America and Mexico from trying to enter the U.S. illegally.
The policy of separating children from their parents, although recently rescinded by President Trump, could result in a devastating blow to the Republicans in the coming mid-term elections.
A stupid policy is no reason to abolish an important and effective agency. Abolish ICE? No Way!