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Abolishing ICE by funding it?

• Scott Jay

n spite of promises to "Abolish ICE," Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez and others voted to fund it on their very first day in office. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez made quite a stir in her surprise victory in New York's 14th Congressional district last year. Most notable was her radical-sounding declaration that she wanted to "Abolish ICE," the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency responsible for rounding up and deporting undocumented immigrants. Back in July, I wrote somewhat skeptically about this slogan emanating from Ocasio-Cortez, and taken up by many other Democrats. Now, we can begin to judge exactly what the slogan would mean in practice. It turns out, she along with the entire Democratic Party caucus in the House of Representatives voted to fund ICE on their very first day in office. This was not a catch-all bill to reopen the federal government, which has been shut down for weeks while Trump refuses to sign a budget until he gets funding for a border wall. That was


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