A growing number of activists, progressive leaders, and aspiring officeholders among the Progressive ranks want to do away with Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) entirely. ICE is the agency within the Department of Homeland Security responsible for identifying and removing undocumented aliens throughout the US. It was formed in 2003, as part of the bureaucratic reorganization in response to the 9/11 attacks. “Abolishing ICE” was one of the key promises made by 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who shocked the Democratic party by beating Democratic party stalwart Joe Crowley in his New York congressional district.
This policy has become a de facto policy of the Democratic party. Democrats across the country are now being forced to go on record with their views of ICE – and whether they support the growing chorus from their base. “Abolish ICE” protests have gone nationwide. Some Democrats are less than thrilled with the idea. Bernie Sanders (Progressive) refused to answer the question concerning this issue, saying we need to “create policies that deal with immigration in a rational way” – and swiftly got blowback from his supporters.
Some of the protests have started to get aggressive (civil disobedience) – the state of play now in political activism in the U.S. As an example, dozens of “Abolish ICE” protesters lined up to be arrested recently after blocking traffic on the West Side Highway, just yards from one of the agency’s New York offices. Another was when U.S. and Colorado flags were defaced by protesters at an ICE detention facility. But even more recently, “Abolish ICE” protests are getting, even more, darker and violent.
Bullets fired at ICE offices in San Antonio, Texas was a “targeted attack” against federal employees, the FBI has said. Two neighboring buildings came under fire, but no injuries were reported, the FBI said in a statement. This comes after a man killed in an attack on an ICE jail. He said he was fighting “against the forces of evil.” The man evidently was trying to lite a fuel tank to destroy the ICE jail, which paradoxically may have killed the very people the attacker was trying to help. Other reports include threatening workers and former employees of the GEO Group, a private contractor used by ICE in Florida.
As a follow-through from the recent mass shooting in El Paso, Texas, Antifa is leading a “Border Resistance” militancy training tour that will converge on a 10-day siege in El Paso, TX. A promotional image shows border enforcement officers being killed and government property firebombed. Organizers asking for “white comrades” to pay for others. Texas Lt. Gov. tells Antifa to “stay out.” Well, Trump did call it an “invasion.” With people rushing the border to take up residency and people committing violence to make this happen, Trump may have a point.
So, News Forecasters asks, how far will this go? An outright border war and/or an open border policy? An open border policy may sound humane, but the reality it simply is not practical. Millions would flood the border if it was made official policy. It’s an 80-percent issue, people want to close down the borders. It’s a 70-percent issue to end chain migration. A 68-percent issue to end the visa lottery program and ask people to come here on merit. So says a study from Harvard. So the likelihood of this policy to become a reality is nill, for now, and the foreseeable future. So the cat and mouse game continues at the border.
In an odd way, Trump is encouraging immigration. Remember it was Obama that has been touted as the “Deporter in Chief,” though Trump has threatened otherwise. Trump has been part of the divisive culture in the U.S., whether it be his fault or not. Many love to despise him. So if he wants to do something, his opponents are against it – whether it makes sense or not – it is just the political reality.
So illegal immigration will remain high under the Trump administration regardless of Trump’s policy efforts or rhetoric. Data is hard to obtain on illegal immigration, but some current estimates are nearly 1 million per year. This will most likely continue under Trump and may even exacerbate – wall or no wall. This means under a two-term Trump presidency, America needs to welcome potentially another 8 million illegal immigrants into its midst.