Republican pollster Jim McLaughlin said on Wednesday that Democrats have backed off their calls to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) because a majority of voters are against the move.
“Two to one, Americans do not want to abolish ICE. That’s why the Democrats have backed off on that,” McLaughlin told Hill.TV’s Joe Concha on “What America’s Thinking.”
Various Democratic lawmakers and candidates have called to abolish the government agency amid the backlash to the Trump administration’s hardline immigration policies that led to the separation of migrant families at the U.S. southern border.
New York House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her Democratic primary while supporting the idea, while Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) have also indicated that they back the concept.
A Politico/Morning Consult poll released earlier this month found that 54 percent of Americans polled said they wanted to keep ICE, while only 25 percent of those polled said they wanted to abolish the agency.
— Julia Manchester