Democrats facing election in the Senate are breaking with more progressive members of the Democratic Party who are calling for the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to be dismantled.
The calls for abolishing ICE date back months, but the movement began gaining momentum when New York congressional candidate and democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez rallied behind the action, reported The Hill. Since then, more established Democrats such as New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, Illinois Sen. Dick Durbin and Massachusetts Sen. Elizabeth Warren have joined in.
Democrats in the Senate who are up for re-election in November are largely distancing themselves from the far left outcry as they try to embrace more moderate voters. Florida Democratic Sen. Bill Nelson, who is within the average margin of error of his competition, dismissed the idea multiple times.
.@SenBillNelson: “we shd not abolish ICE. We ought to abolish Trump.”
— Adam Smith (@adamsmithtimes) July 2, 2018
Other Democrats such as Indiana Sen. Joe Donnelly, Missouri Sen. Claire McCaskill, North Dakota Sen. Heidi Heitkamp, Ohio Sen. Sherrod Brown and West Virginia Sen. Joe Manchin have remained relatively silent on the issue. (RELATED: Ted Cruz Announces Legislation To Keep Illegal Immigrant Families Together)
Democrats are facing an uphill battle in the November mid-term elections. In order to take control of the Senate, the party must defend 10 seats, all of which were won by President Donald Trump in 2016, and gain two additional senate seats.
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