Ryan: Dems trying to abolish ICE have 'jumped the sharks'

Ryan: Dems trying to abolish ICE have 'jumped the sharks'
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Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanFive takeaways from McCabe’s allegations against Trump The Hill's 12:30 Report: Sanders set to shake up 2020 race McCabe: No one in 'Gang of Eight' objected to FBI probe into Trump MORE (R-Wis.) bashed House and Senate Democrats calling for the abolishment of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), saying they have “really jumped the sharks.”

“They have really jumped the sharks on the left. … It’s amazing,” Ryan told reporters at his weekly news conference in the Capitol. “You want to abolish the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement? This is the agency that gets gangs out of our communities, that helps prevent drugs from flowing into our schools, that rescues people from human trafficking."


Abolishing ICE is an extreme position, Ryan argued, and is one that will scare voters away in the November midterm elections.

“They want to get rid of this agency? It’s the craziest position I’ve ever seen and they are tripping over themselves to move too far to the left,” Ryan said. “They are out of the mainstream of the America, and that’s one of the reasons why I feel very good about this fall.”

Self-described democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who upset Rep. Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyCrowley joins coalition to pass Trump's new NAFTA Crowley, Shuster moving to K Street GOP lawmaker: Amazon would be moving into NY if Ocasio-Cortez wasn't elected MORE (D-N.Y.) in a Democratic primary last month, was one of the first politicians to call for ICE to be scrapped. A number of possible 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, including Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandThe Hill's 12:30 Report: Anticipation builds for Mueller report Kamala Harris: Trump administration ‘targeting’ California for political purposes Harry Reid says he won’t make 2020 endorsement until after Nevada caucus MORE (N.Y.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerSanders endorses Oakland teachers strike The Hill's 12:30 Report: Anticipation builds for Mueller report Why Georgia is the place for black migration and politics MORE (N.J.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSanders endorses Oakland teachers strike On The Money: Dems set Tuesday vote on Trump's emergency declaration | Most Republicans expected to back Trump | Senate plots to avoid fall shutdown drama | Powell heading before Congress News media has sought to 'delegitimize' Tulsi Gabbard, says liberal journalist MORE (Mass.), quickly followed suit

On Thursday, Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanHannity decries Green New Deal as 'economically guaranteed-to-be-devastating' Ocasio-Cortez unveils Green New Deal climate resolution Trump’s AIDS turnaround greeted with skepticism by some advocates MORE (D-Wis.), a progressive leader who’s being encouraged to run for leadership, rolled out a bill to shut down ICE and form a bipartisan group to come up with a replacement for the 15-year-old agency.