House Republicans want to give Democrats the rope they need to hang themselves.
According to The Hill, GOP leaders plan to allow a Democrat bill calling for the abolishment of US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to be voted on, in hopes of exposing those that are weak on national security and causing a visible splinter in the left.
ICE, established in 2003, enforces federal laws governing border control, customs, trade and immigration to promote homeland security and public safety. In addition to securing the border from illegal immigration, ICE plays a key role in stopping human trafficking, drug trafficking, and weapons smuggling.
“I think it’s the wrong approach. I think everyone ought to be on record about where they stand on that issue,” said House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-LA). He says abolishing ICE “is a radical, extreme position that would lead to open borders and undermine America’s national security.”
The movement to abolish ICE went mainstream after the stunning primary win of Socialist Democrat Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York. After she defeated a ten-time incumbent, several Democrat leaders jumped on board the abolish ICE bandwagon, including Sen Kristen Gillibrand (D-NY) and presidential hopeful Sen Elizabeth Warren (D-MA).
The Establishing a Humane Immigration Enforcement System Act was introduced last week by Democrats. The bill states, “On the date no later than 1 year after the enactment of this Act, the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement shall terminate.”
The GOP is hoping Democrats in swing states will be torn and some will have to vote against the measure to avoid looking weak on national security.
President Trump has repeatedly praised ICE for their efforts on the border.
To the great and brave men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit. You are doing a fantastic job of keeping us safe by eradicating the worst criminal elements. So brave! The radical left Dems want you out. Next it will be all police. Zero chance, It will never happen!
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2018
By giving Democrats the chance to vote on the bill, Republicans are hoping to further expose the left’s pattern of demanding actions, but then backing off when given the opportunity to have those actions come to fruition.
This same technique was used by President Trump earlier this year when Democrats demanded amnesty for 800,000 DACA recipients. Trump bettered the deal, offering amnesty of 1.8 million illegals, resulting in Democrats walking away from the table.