For weeks leading Democrat Senators Kamala Harris, Corey Booker and Kirsten Gillibrand have amplified calls to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Their support of this idea came after newly elected socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez called for the end of the agency during an interview with CNN.
But according to their own Democrat voters, abolishing is a step too far. A new Associated Press-NORC poll tells the story.
The rallying cry from some liberals to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement isn’t a likely winner this election year, as a new poll finds only a quarter of Democrats support eliminating the agency that carried out the Trump administration’s policy of separating immigrant children from their parents.
While the majority of Democrats don't approve of eliminating the agency altogether, they do not view ICE positively.
But even as they don’t want to fully dismantle ICE, 57 percent of Democrats view the agency negatively, including nearly three-fourths of those who describe themselves as liberal, according to a poll released Monday by The Associated Press-NORC Center for Public Affairs Research.
Meanwhile, Ocasio-Cortez seems to be backtracking on her calls to completely eliminate at least one purpose of the agency.
#AbolishICE means not having an agency that incarcerates children and sexually assaults women with impunity.— Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (@Ocasio2018) August 21, 2018
It does not mean abolish deportation.
Also, I have no problem saying white supremacy has no place in this country.
It’s the GOP that struggles to say that. https://t.co/7gbXezIhu5