Abolish — Not “Abandon”

The president has said Democrats want to “abandon” Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in a bid to further inflame already high partisan tensions.

Following protests across the country in opposition to the administration’s immigration policy, the president has said that Democrats want to “abandon” the highly controversial Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) agency.

He made his inflammatory accusation at an event in West Virginia on Tuesday, a day before protesters in New York City would unfurl a banner from the base of the Statue of Liberty reading, “ABOLISH ICE.”

One can only assume that the president’s attack was an attempt to further enrage his base against Democrats following a judge’s decision that immigrant families cannot be detained arbitrarily or indefinitely.

The decision makes it less likely that the administration will be able to repeal the Flores settlement, which fixed the maximum allowable detention time for a child at 20 days.

All of this comes as we continue to approach the court-mandated deadline for the government to reunite all immigrant children who have been separated from their parents even though we still don’t know exactly how many children remain in federal detention.

 

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