Calls to Abolish ICE Resound, but Hispanic Caucus Says Hold On
A document by the Congressional Hispanic Caucus (CHC) appears to be pushing back on calls to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), instead focusing the blame for the agency’s misconduct on Donald Trump and his administration. In talking points circulated by Caucus staff to the members and obtained by The Daily Beast, the documents call ICE’s immigration enforcement regime both “inhumane and harsh” and say that “abolishing ICE without changing President Trump’s disastrous immigration policy will not solve the problem.” The talking points say that immigration enforcement is just one part of the agency’s portfolio and that it handles issues such as narcotics enforcement, investigating cybercrimes, human smuggling, firearms smuggling, and counterterrorism -- all very important security options. The document then goes on to state that the agency’s policy priority under Trump appears to be to deport 11 million people that “has led to this public outcry ... The agency’s name or place on the organizational chart doesn’t need to be changed. ICE needs greater oversight and accountability so that we can protect the homeland and better manage our broken immigration system,” the talking points say. A source close to the CHC told The Daily Beast that the talking points did not constitute a formal position of the CHC. More here.