Who really wants to abolish ICE? Surely not the American people

Who really wants to abolish ICE? Surely not the American people
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The U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, commonly known as ICE, began operations in 2003 as a result of a major reorganization of the federal government in the wake of the 9/11 terrorist attacks on America that murdered nearly 3,000 innocent people. In a dangerous world, ICE’s main objective, plain and simple, is to keep the American people safe and secure. With 20,000 courageous employees, ICE’s mission centers on “smart immigration enforcement, preventing terrorism, and combating the illegal movement of people and goods.”

After that horrible September morning almost 17 years ago, I witnessed something truly inspiring. I saw Americans from all walks of life come together and unite as a grieving nation. I watched as our government leaders moved forward together and make important decisions so that such a heinous act would be less likely to happen again.

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The Senate overwhelmingly passed the Homeland Security Act of 2002, which paved the way to establish ICE, by a margin of 90-9. This consequential measure enjoyed the broad support of conservatives like former North Carolina Sen. Jesse Helms and Utah Sen. Orrin HatchOrrin Grant HatchTrump holds more Medal of Freedom ceremonies than predecessors but awards fewer medals Trump to award Medal of Freedom to former Attorney General Edwin Meese Trump to award racing legend Roger Penske with Presidential Medal of Freedom MORE, and liberals like California Sen. Dianne FeinsteinDianne Emiel FeinsteinSenate Democrats want Warren to talk costs on 'Medicare for All' Khashoggi fiancée meets with lawmakers seeking 'justice and accountability' for his slaying Schiff should consider using RICO framework to organize impeachment MORE, New York Sen. Chuck SchumerCharles (Chuck) Ellis SchumerTurkey says soldier killed despite cease-fire in Syria Schumer calls for FDA to probe reports of contaminated baby food How Trump and Pelosi went from bad to worse MORE, and even former New York Sen. Hillary ClintonHillary Diane Rodham ClintonSanders: 'Outrageous' to suggest Gabbard 'is a foreign asset' Clinton attacks on Gabbard become flashpoint in presidential race Saagar Enjeti: Clinton remarks on Gabbard 'shows just how deep the rot in our system goes' MORE.

Reasonable people can plainly see that ICE officials are under immense pressure on a multitude of fronts each and every day. They cannot let their guard down for one minute. President TrumpDonald John TrumpTrump says he doesn't want NYT in the White House Veterans group backs lawsuits to halt Trump's use of military funding for border wall Schiff punches back after GOP censure resolution fails MORE thoroughly understands this and has been working with congressional Republicans for months to try to come up with commonsense solutions to reform our immigration system to help ICE do its job of keeping Americans safe. But the Democrats have been nowhere to be found. They do not seem interested in compromise simply because of their juvenile dislike of President Trump.

In fact, the position of the Democrats to date has been “our way or the highway.” Despite overture after overture from President Trump and Republicans on Capitol Hill, the Democrats have chosen not to come to the table to negotiate in a constructive way. Now we know why. It is not just that they cannot stand President Trump. It has now become clear that the Democratic Party no longer cares about border security. In fact, some leading Democrats actually want to abolish ICE.

After Democratic Socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s victory over liberal swamp creature Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyCBS to Ocasio-Cortez on Sanders support: 'As a woman of color, why back an old white guy?' Ocasio-Cortez throws support to Sanders at Queens rally Ocasio-Cortez, Monica Lewinsky empathize with Meghan Markle's 'sudden prominence' MORE in the New York congressional primary on June 26, national Democrats like New York Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten GillibrandSanders seeks spark from Ocasio-Cortez at Queens rally Overnight Defense — Presented by Boeing — House passes resolution rebuking Trump over Syria | Sparks fly at White House meeting on Syria | Dems say Trump called Pelosi a 'third-rate politician' | Trump, Graham trade jabs Senate confirms Trump's Air Force secretary pick MORE and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio have gotten behind the “Abolish ICE” movement, thus pulling back the curtain to expose liberals for what they truly want. Cleary they believe that the heroes at ICE are an impediment to their misguided dream of an open borders utopia.

This untenable position that national Democrats are taking on immigration and border security flies in the face of public opinion. In fact, just last week long time Clinton pollster Mark Penn released a study that found a whopping “84 percent of Americans favor turning undocumented immigrants over to federal agents.” But do not expect the flailing Democratic Party to pay attention to startling numbers like this because their unhinged radical base surely is not.

The truth is, it was not so long ago that President Clinton was advocating for the very measures on border security that are now espoused by President Trump. If you are wondering where the Democratic Party of that era is, it is gone and never coming back. Tom PerezThomas Edward PerezClinton’s top five vice presidential picks Government social programs: Triumph of hope over evidence Labor’s 'wasteful spending and mismanagement” at Workers’ Comp MORE, chairman of the Democratic National Committee, said as much when he recently described Ocasio-Cortez as the future of the Democratic Party.

During his 1995 State of the Union address, President Clinton said, “That is why our administration has moved aggressively to secure our borders more by hiring a record number of new border guards, by deporting twice as many criminal aliens as ever before, by cracking down on illegal hiring, by barring welfare benefits to illegal aliens.”

If Bill ClintonWilliam (Bill) Jefferson ClintonHouse Democrat pledges 'there will be open hearings' in impeachment inquiry Democrats dig in ahead of Supreme Court ruling on 'Dreamers' Even with likely Trump impeachment, Democrats face uphill climb to win presidency MORE came to Capitol Hill today and said that to the Democratic caucus in the House, it is my guess he would be run out of town. That being said, it is time to put the “Abolish ICE” movement to the test. When Congress returns next week, Republicans should bring resolutions to the floor that express steadfast support for ICE and the brave men and women who work there to keep Americans safe day in and day out.

David Bossie is the president of Citizens United and a contributor to Fox News. He was deputy campaign manager for Donald Trump and was chief investigator for the House Oversight and Government Reform Committee during the Clinton administration. Follow him on Twitter @David_Bossie.