Dem lawmakers announce support for law to abolish ICE

Dem lawmakers announce support for law to abolish ICE
© Getty

A pair of Democratic lawmakers have said they will support a bill to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency, ABC News reported Thursday. 

Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanHow Twitter vaulted 'Abolish ICE' into the mainstream Ocasio-Cortez tiptoes into Washington Gillibrand: 'We should get rid of ICE' if Dems flip House and Senate MORE (D-Wis.), who introduced a bill that would eliminate the agency, told ABC News that Reps. Raul Grijalva (D-Ariz.) and Mike Capuano (D-Mass.) have indicated they will support the effort.

A spokesman for Grijalva said that the congressman is still waiting to hear the details of Pocan's proposal before deciding whether to support it.

Grijalva and Capuano would join Democratic Reps. Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerScalise, GOP chairman clash ahead of flood insurance vote Dems introduce bill to eliminate ICE, shift duties elsewhere 'Paws for Celebration' event brings rescue animals to the Capitol MORE (Ore.), Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalRecord numbers of women nominated for governor, Congress Liberal Dems lay groundwork to push 'Medicare for all' Dems seek probe into EPA head’s meetings with former clients MORE (Wash.) and Jim McGovern (Mass.) among congressional Democrats who support abolishing ICE. 

ADVERTISEMENT

Capuano is facing a primary challenge from Boston City Councilor Ayanna Pressley, who has made abolishing ICE a central part of her campaign.

While the number of Democrats who publicly support the elimination of ICE has grown in recent weeks, the group remains relatively small. Some lawmakers have said they support examining ICE's methods, but oppose getting rid of the agency altogether.

ICE has been the target of several protests in recent weeks amid the Trump administration's controversial "zero tolerance" policy on illegal immigration.

The policy, announced in April, led to the separation of thousands of migrant children from their parents.

Protests have broken out near ICE facilities in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Portland, Ore., in recent days, prompting the agency to put up barriers near entrances or after immigration hearings.

President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL players stand in tunnel during anthem, extending protests 12 former top intel officials blast Trump's move to revoke Brennan's security clearance NYT: Omarosa believed to have as many as 200 tapes MORE ripped the protests during a rally on Wednesday night, saying activists are putting ICE agents "in harm's way."

“These radical Democrat protesters really want anarchy, but the only response they will find from our government is very strong law and order,” Trump said at a rally in North Dakota.