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Are we going to have immigration limits or not?
That’s the question underlying the calls for the abolition of Immigration and Customs and Enforcement (ICE), the bureau within the Department of Homeland Security responsible for upholding our immigration rules away from the borders.
The article goes on to state the following:
Despite the efforts of some senior Democrats to try to tamp down the anti-borders fervor of their base for fear of political backlash, the energy in the Democratic party is clearly on the far left. In the words of activist Sean McElwee, a co-founder of AbolishICE.org: “I believe that every Democrat running in the 2020 Presidential Election will have to articulate a vision of a world without ICE.”
The push to abolish ICE is the outgrowth of the growing belief on the left that no illegal alien should ever be deported unless they’ve been convicted of a non-immigration crime.
Rep. Nancy Pelosi (D-Calif.) said back in 2013 “Our view of the law is, if somebody is here without sufficient documentation, that is not reason for deportation.” This is objectively false but shows how #AbolishICE grew out of mainstream Democratic party thought.
The point of abolishing ICE is to end all non-criminal deportations of illegal aliens. That would mean that every foreigner who manages to slip past the Border Patrol or who overstays a visa would be permitted to stay forever, so long as he isn’t convicted of an especially heinous crime.
That would render our entire body of immigration law meaningless. The numerical caps on various categories and the requirements to qualify would be irrelevant because there would be no agency to enforce them. #AbolishICE means nothing if not unlimited immigration and open borders.
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