A stunning new poll from Pew Research revealed a major partisan divide surrounding the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency Tuesday, with the survey showing a vast majority of Democrats view the department “unfavorably.”
The public attitude towards the agency was split evenly between the GOP and liberal voters, with 72% of Republicans viewing ICE favorably compared with 72% of Democrats who viewed ICE “unfavorably.”
The poll was conducted between July 11 and July 15th among 1,007 adults through telephone interviews.
The stark divide highlights the growing split between voters regarding immigration as multiple liberal politicians -including former President Barack Obama and NYC Mayor Bill de Blasio- called for the outright abolishment of ICE; saying the agency was beyond “broken.”
Read the full poll here.
IT BEGINS: Bill De Blasio Calls for ABOLISHMENT of ‘BROKEN’ ICE
Big Apple Mayor Bill de Blasio slammed the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency Friday; blasting the “unreasonable” department and calling for the abolishment of ICE in the aftermath of “family separations.”
De Blasio took to twitter to attack the federal agency, saying America needs “reasonable law enforcement” along the US-Mexico border; adding that ICE agents are “not reasonable law enforcement.”
“Every country needs reasonable law enforcement on their borders. ICE is not reasonable law enforcement. ICE is broken, it’s divisive and it should be abolished,” he tweeted.
Every country needs reasonable law enforcement on their borders. ICE is not reasonable law enforcement. ICE is broken, it’s divisive and it should be abolished.
— Mayor Bill de Blasio (@NYCMayor) June 29, 2018
The Mayor’s comments come just days after the President signed an executive order ending “family separations” along the border; effectively permitting minors to remain with their parents while being processed by federal agents.
IT BEGINS: Democrat Calls to ABOLISH ICE Grow Heading into Midterms
More and more Liberal legislators and candidates are calling for the total abolishment of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency; creating a “litmus test” for potential lawmakers heading into the 2018 midterms.
According to Fox News, the Democrats’ renewed calls to limit or eliminate the agency comes as thousands protest the detention of illegal immigrants along the United States’ southern border with Mexico.
“The calls reflect not only the deepening divide between the two partisan poles on immigration — with one side seeking a border wall, and the other looking to dismantle the lead enforcement agency — but the growing influence of the progressive wing,” writes Fox.
“Its extra-judicial nature is baked into the structure of the agency and that is why they are able to get away with black sites at our border, with the separation of children,” said Democrat primary winner Ocasio-Cortez.
Read the full story at Fox News.