Democrats in key South Florida Congressional races are backing the idea of abolishing ICE, but other Democrats are assuring that that’s not the answer to solving the illegal immigration issue that the United States is facing.
Of the five Democrats that are running to replace Representative Ileana Ros-Lehtinen, three of them have backed the idea. In addition to them, four newly elected congressional Democrats have also said that they will fight for the abolishment of ICE.
Sean McElwee, an advocate of anti-deportation, commented that “The brutality of taking people out of their homes for 20 years has now sort of been fully seen. For a while, the only people I could get to agree with me were third-tier candidates, who I love and agree with but who don’t have much of a chance…but now this has legs.”
However, many Democrats argue that abolishing ICE is not the right move to go forward. Mary Barzee Flores, a Democrat looking to unseat Mario Diaz-Balart, noted that “ICE should be targeting and arresting people that pose an imminent threat to others, not just rounding up innocent-even if undocumented-people. It is neither reasonable nor practical to simply say ‘let’s abolish ICE,’ but its enforcement priorities should be significantly adjusted.”
In addition, Debbie Mucarsel-Powell, a Democrat running against Carlos Curbelo, detailed that “Abolishing ICE is not the answer. I believe the agency must correct its abuses and should dedicate its staff to protecting the country from actual threats, like child exploitation, human trafficking and drug-related crimes, instead of attempting to induce fear in immigrant communities.”