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 RyanHow the Trump tax law passed: Dealing with a health care hangover Dems fight to protect Mueller amid Rosenstein rumors Jordan wants Rosenstein to testify before House Judiciary Committee 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) CrowleyFor Capuano in Massachusetts, demography was destiny Carper fends off progressive challenger in Delaware primary Election Countdown: Fallout from Massachusetts stunner | In Delaware, Carper looks to avoid next progressive upset | Dem 2020 primary already in full swing | How a Dem ex-governor hopes to take red-state Tennessee | GOP challengers hit Dems over tax votes 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 GillibrandDem senators slam GOP for announcing Kavanaugh vote ahead of Ford testimony Kamala Harris calls for Senate to protect Mueller probe as Rosenstein faces potential dismissal This week: Kavanaugh nomination thrown into further chaos MORE (N.Y.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerRNC spokeswoman: Who is more unhinged - Hirono, Avenatti, or Spartacus? Ex-White House official revises statement to Mueller after Flynn guilty plea: report CNN editor: Booker's 'groping incident' 'different' from Kavanaugh allegation MORE (N.J.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenLawmakers unveil massive bipartisan bill aimed at fighting opioid crisis Dems push back on using federal funds to arm teachers Admiral defends record after coming under investigation in 'Fat Leonard' scandal MORE (Mass.), quickly followed suit

On Thursday, Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanBlue wave poses governing risks for Dems Trump Jr., Dem congressman spar over Ellison's association with Farrakhan Dems seek ways to block Trump support for Saudi-led coalition in Yemen 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.