Republican pollster Jim McLaughlin said on Wednesday that Democrats have backed off their calls to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) because a majority of voters are against the move.”Two to one, Americans do not want to abolish ICE. That’s why the Democrats have backed off on that,” McLaughlin told Hill.TV’s Joe Concha on “What America’s Thinking.”
Various Democratic lawmakers and candidates have called to abolish the government agency amid the backlash to the Trump administration’s hardline immigration policies that led to the separation of migrant families at the U.S. southern border.New York House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez won her Democratic primary while supporting the idea, while Democratic Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.) and Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) have also indicated that they back the concept.
A Politico/Morning Consult poll released earlier this month found that 54 percent of Americans polled said they wanted to keep ICE, while only 25 percent of those polled said they wanted to abolish the agency.
It seems that left wing politicians went a bridge too far on this issue. President Trump’s signature issue is border enforcement, and Democrats risked motivating the president’s supporters in their effort to energize their own in the wake of the Ocasio-Cortez victory over longtime Democrat congressman Crowley in New York. Democrats were playing with fire, and voters are ready to burn them at the polls.