One of liberal Democrats’ leading publications has begun staking out key policy positions for candidates, and that means abolishing ICE.
The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency has run headlong into extremist Democrats who believe the United States should be an open borders country, free for criminal illegal immigrants to rape, murder and build massive gang cartels such as MS-13.
California has declared itself a “sanctuary state,” despite widely reported incidents of violent crime by illegal immigrants. The anti-law enforcement sentiment that was once only the domain of the most subversive liberals has moved to the middle of the Democratic Party and candidates planning to take on incumbent Pres. Donald J. Trump are under relentless pressure to campaign on eliminating ICE altogether.
The Nation recently published a policy piece called “It’s Time To Abolish ICE.” The piece argues that enforcing immigration laws has no place in a Democratic society.
The publication argues its case by viewing the issue through the eyes of a lawyer who filed the initial gay marriage case that became national law, and currently defends illegal immigrants from deportation. The attorney, Dan Cannon, is running for Congress and is ranked among the most extremist members of the Democratic Party. But that doesn’t make him a fringe actor in the DNC — far from it.
“I don’t think a lot of people have any kind of direct experience with ICE, so they don’t really know what they do or what they’re about. If they did, they’d be appalled,” Canon reportedly said.
The Nation article goes on to point out that “The idea of defunding ICE has gained traction among immigrant-rights groups horrified by the speed at which, under President Donald Trump, the agency has ramped up an already brutal deportation process.”
Other prominent liberal voices fully support the notion that ICE should go away, allowing an influx of illegals to unseat working class Americans from jobs and drive down hourly wages.
“(Defunding ICE) is a growing position on the left, and I imagine 2020 Democratic presidential aspirants will have to grapple with it,” MSNBC host Chris Hayes posted on Twitter.
“ICE operates as an unaccountable deportation force. Dems running in 2020 should campaign on ending the agency in its current form,” Tweeted CNN commentator and former Obama Administration insider Brian Fallon.
When California’s Sen. Kamala Harris didn’t get in lock step with the left’s policy idea, she experienced a significant backlash from vocal Democrats.
“Kamala Harris is very likely running for president in 2020,” penned the Liberal Splinter’s Jack Mirkinson. “It should be a political problem for her that she is not willing to take her criticisms of ICE to their logical conclusion and call for its abolition.”
“She should be asked, over and over again, why exactly she is willing to uphold the legitimacy of such a racist, corrupt, and thuggish organization,” he said.
Mirkinson also pushed for the likes of Bernie Sanders, Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and Sen. Elizabeth Warren being pressured with the same question.
Although this type of non-mainstream pressure would seem inconsequential to Republicans, libertarians and conservatives, the Democratic Party has entered perhaps its most vulnerable era in memory.
The controversies about Hillary taking over the DNC have been widely publicized. But what has been missing in the fake news media’s coverage is the fact the DNC was teetering on bankruptcy before the Clintons infused it with cash. Since her failed bid to secure the White House, the DNC has been outpaced by the GOP nearly 2-to-1 in terms of fundraising. Early 2018 reports indicated that the national committee was unable to pay its bills.
The little money that trickles in comes with radical strings attached. Most Americans have grown familiar with the liberal rallying cries of “resist” and “obstruct.” That ultra-left ideology applies to dealing with ICE.
In recent weeks, office holders such as Oakland Mayor Libby Schaaf and House Democratic leader Nancy Pelosi have blasted the immigration agency. Schaaf went as far as to tip off criminals in the Bay Area that ICE planned to serve arrest warrants. Among those who eluded capture were known rapists. Her actions are consistent with The Nation’s article that states.
“Though the party has moved left on core issues — from reproductive rights to single-payer health care — it’s time for progressives to put forward a demand that deportation be taken not as the norm, but rather as a disturbing indicator of authoritarianism,” Sean McElwee writes.
The Trump administration’s Justice Department, led by Attorney General Jeff Sessions, has indicated opposition to open borders and strong enforcement of the immigration laws on the books.
Sessions has pushed back against Schaaf’s lawlessness, calling California’s policies “radical” and “irrational.”
“It cannot be the policy of a great nation to reward those who unlawfully enter its country with legal status, Social Security, welfare, food stamps, and work permits and so forth,” Sessions reportedly said. “How can this be a sound policy?”
While open borders, lawlessness and defunding ICE may be irrational, it appears to be a core issue for Democrats in coming elections.
~ Conservative Zone