GOP pollster: Democrats won’t be talking about abolishing ICE in November

A Republican pollster predicted Wednesday that abolishing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) will not be a major topic of conversation and media attention once the midterm elections arrive.

"I don't think this is something we're going to be talking about in November," Polling Company president and CEO Brett Loyd told Hill.TV's Joe Concha on "What America's Thinking." “This is something that will go away."

“This isn’t anything that any sitting congressman is actually considering as a viable option," Loyd continued. 

"We will probably still be talking about immigration," he said. "I don't see right now there being any consensus with Congress being able to pass anything in the near future." 

Loyd's comments come as progressive Democrats increasingly call for abolishing ICE amid public outcry against the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy that led to the separation of thousands of migrant families at the U.S.-Mexico border. 

New York Democratic congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez has publicly called to end the agency, while Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) have rallied around the idea of dismantling the agency. Other Democrats have pushed back on those calls.

— Julia Manchester