Dems should not call for abolishing ICE ahead of November: Dem pollster

Democratic pollster Carly Cooperman said on Wednesday that she does not think Democrats should call for abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) ahead of the midterm elections in November. 

"I actually think that strong cries for abolishing ICE, and those kinds of ideas would not be the rally cries Democrats should be doing this November," Cooperman, who works at Schoen Consulting, told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." 

"Even though it's exciting to see these candidates win primaries and to energize the Democratic base, come November, this isn't the way the Democrats are going to win," she added. 

Cooperman's comments come as more Democrats get on board with the idea of abolishing the government agency amid the backlash to the Trump administration's policy that led to the separation of migrant families at the U.S. southern border. 

New York House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D) has supported the idea, while Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandSunday shows preview: Shutdown negotiations continue after White House immigration proposal Ocasio-Cortez speaks about 'justice' at Women's March 2020 Democrats barnstorm the country for MLK weekend MORE (D-N.Y.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann Warren2020 Democrats barnstorm the country for MLK weekend Kamala Harris picks Baltimore as headquarters for potential 2020 campaign: report Dem voters split on importance of women atop the ticket in 2020 MORE (D-Mass.) have also signaled agreement with the idea. 

"You see Gillibrand and Warren, two very prominent senators coming out and embracing the idea of abolishing ICE," she continued. "These ideas are still liberal, more to the left policies." 

 
— Julia Manchester