GOP senators are going on offense in supporting U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) while slamming calls on the left to abolish the agency.
More than a dozen Republican senators this week submitted a resolution spearheaded by GOP Sens. Ted Cruz (Texas) and John Kennedy (La.) expressing support for ICE and knocking a push by some progressives who want to dismantle the agency.
“Calls to abolish ICE not only disregard our immigration laws and give implicit license to those who want to enter our country illegally, they also smear the heroic sacrifices of ICE agents and put people at risk, especially in border states like Texas,” Cruz said in a statement on Thursday.
The resolution in support of the agency comes as the push to nix ICE has gained steam among the party’s resurgent liberal base in response President Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policies, which led to the separation of thousands of immigrant families along the U.S.-Mexico border.
A group of liberal House Democrats on Thursday introduced legislation to abolish ICE and shift the bureau’s responsibilities to other federal agencies.
The Senate resolution offers support for ICE officials, members of the military and law enforcement. It would also formally denounce calls to abolish ICE.
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