Offbeat House GOP to bring Dem ‘abolish ICE’ bill up for vote

22:26  12 july  2018
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Dems who drafted bill to abolish ICE now say they'll vote against it

  Dems who drafted bill to abolish ICE now say they'll vote against it Democrats who drafted a bill to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement [ICE] suddenly announced Thursday night that they would vote against it if the legislation went to the floor, after House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy told Fox News he intended to call their bluff. "We know Speaker [Paul] Ryan is not serious about passing our 'Establishing a Humane Immigration Enforcement System Act,' so members of Congress, advocacy groups, and impacted communities will not engage in this political stunt," Reps. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, Pramila Jayapal of Washington and Adriano Espaillat of New York told The Hill and other news outlets.

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There’s no guarantee any bill that passes in the Senate will get a vote in the House , however. Trump and GOP leaders in Congress stood firm in refusing to negotiate on immigration until the McCarthy wouldn’t commit on Monday to bringing up any immigration bill passed in the Senate.

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House GOP leaders plan to bring a Democratic measure calling for the abolishment of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to the House floor, hoping to force Democrats into a difficult vote.

The Democratic bill, introduced Thursday, would create a commission to examine ICE's responsibilities and then recommend transferring them to other agencies.

Republicans see the growing "abolish ICE" movement as a political winner that will make at least some Democrats running in swing districts uncomfortable.

"Democrats have been trying to make July 4th about abolishing ICE which is a radical, extreme position that would lead to open borders and undermine America's national security," House Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) told The Hill.

Democrats' push to abolish ICE reaches Capitol Hill

  Democrats' push to abolish ICE reaches Capitol Hill The calls on the left to abolish the government's Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency reached Capitol Hill on Thursday, as three Democratic representatives filed legislation to close the agency that has become the face of immigration raids in the Trump administration. "ICE is not working in its current form because the president has abused it to go after people with parking tickets, traffic violations, etc., rather than focusing on domestic terrorism and human trafficking and the big crimes," said Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin, one of the bill's sponsors.

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"I think it's the wrong approach. I think everyone ought to be on record about where they stand on that issue."

House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) said he planned to bring the Democratic bill to the floor.

The Establishing a Humane Immigration Enforcement System Act was introduced Thursday by Reps. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.), Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.) and Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y.).

They argue that ICE, which was created in 2003 as part of a new Homeland Security Department, has become "militarized" in its approach to deportations.

"President Trump's blanket directive to round up and target all undocumented immigrants underscores the unchecked power which ICE has used to terrorize our communities," Pocan said in a statement. "From conducting raids at garden centers and meatpacking plants to targeting families outside churches and schools, the president is using ICE as a mass-deportation force to rip apart the moral fabric of our nation."

GOP leaders jockey for affection of House conservatives

  GOP leaders jockey for affection of House conservatives House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-Calif.) and Majority Whip Steve Scalise (R-La.) are jockeying for the affection of conservatives and adding to their war chests ahead of a potential race to succeed retiring Speaker Paul Ryan (R-Wis.). And they're doing so in very public ways.

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Republicans have blasted the effort, arguing dissolving the agency would lead to an influx of human and drug trafficking, gang violence and increase the country's risk of being subjected to an act of terrorism.

And some Democrats have signaled they do not support the effort.

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer (D-N.Y.) has stopped short of calling for ICE's abolishment, for example.

"No American likes the separation of children and that's an awful thing and that's got to be stopped but ICE does do some things that are very important," he said at a press conference in Buffalo earlier this month.

Some Democrats want to go to war over abolishing ICE. So does President Trump. .
Analysis: After weeks of immigration policy struggles, the president's allies think the debate over the agency's future puts him on more favorable political terrain.WASHINGTON — President Donald Trump's base voters didn't like it when he beat a retreat on the policy of separating undocumented families at the border. And they were so dead-set against "amnesty" provisions in a House immigration bill he backed that he later falsely claimed he never lobbied on it.


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