In the ups and downs of Congress, the Democrats seem to have a tangible advantage in one of the most recent problems: immigration obsolete. But there is a danger that they will be undermined if the main members of the party join in a leftist cause: the abolition of immigration and customs enforcement.
While his party is struggling to find consensus on a number of immigration issues, President Trump has often said that he is leaving the Realm of Reality to hold the Democrats responsible, especially by claiming they are not help because they want "open borders".
It is a factually false statement, for sure. In 2013, a democratically controlled Senate passed an immigration bill that significantly tightened border security, and today some Senate Democrats are ready to fund Trump's Wall along the Mexico-Mexico border as part of a wider immigration deal.
But Democrats are not helping to discriminate between outlandish political rhetoric and their actual positions, if their left wing demands the abolition of the federal authority best known for deporting illegal immigrants. That's what the new liberal Darling Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez did in her remarkable surprise of 10-year-old Republican Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) this week. A few days later, one of the most prominent and influential voices of the Democrats, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (DN.Y.), joined.
In an interview Thursday night, CNN said that the potential candidate from 2020 agrees with an escalation call on the left to get rid of ICE. "I agree, I do not think ICE works as planned today," said Gillibrand CNN's Chris Cuomo.
She continued, "I believe it has become a deportation force, and I think you should separate the criminal justice system from immigration issues, and I think you should redesign ICE under a new agency with a very different mission and this one Missions
Communication Gillibrand did not say that the United States should stop deporting illegal immigrants. She just said that this special authority should stop because it has become too controversial.
That's not very far from what 19 ICE agents recently argued in a letter to Homeland Security chief Kirsten Nielsen, which the Texas Observer had uncovered. They claim that the drama about deportations interferes with all the other work that ICE is doing, and they have asked to have their agency decoupled from the main organization.
Proponents of the abolition of the ICE do not necessarily want to open all borders to illegal immigrants and let them stay forever. But these are nuances that the president and his allies are likely to be completely overlooked or ignored in trying to use the Democrats as a reason Washington can not help the immigration reform.
The irony is that Democrats now have the upper hand on which party voters prefer to deal with immigration. And maybe Trump helped them.
A Pew Research Center poll released shortly before the recent riot over family border demolitions revealed that the Democrats had a record-breaking 14-point lead over the Republicans. The same Pew poll found that 48 percent of registered voters say they prefer the Democratic candidate in their district, while 43 percent prefer or tend to be Republicans.
Other polls showed two-thirds of Americans opposed to Trump's family separation policy, which the president underlined was when he stopped it with an executive order. Under Trump, James Hohmann of the Post in a recent Daily 202 Newsletter, Americans are actually more supporters of immigration, no less. This is despite the fact that a survey conducted in early June by Fox News (made before the Border Drama) found that Republicans had a 14-point advance on border security.
In this regard, ICE was only from the far left of the Democratic Party. Ocasio-Cortez is one of the leaders of the cause, and she is a member of the Democratic Socialists of America.
Now, a likely Democratic presidential candidate had just the idea of abolishing ICE. This could make it much harder for the Democrats to escape Trump's false claims that Democrats would welcome illegal immigration.
Scott Clement contributed to this report.