As the debate over immigration continues on the national scene, a group of Democrats chose to stake a position on the far left of abolishing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE). However, the GOP may call their bluff, and those same Democrats are now singing a different tune.
House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy has suggested putting the bill to a floor vote, giving Democrats the opportunity to show their constituents on which side of the issue they fall.
The move would expose some Democrats, but others could take a stand in support of ICE and solidify their position on the issue. McCarthy has yet to convince Speaker Paul Ryan of the gambit’s value, though Ryan agrees that the Democrats have made a categorical mistake.
Paul Ryan: Dems' "abolish ICE" push is the "craziest position" https://t.co/ZVazrepQdS
— MSNBC (@MSNBC) July 12, 2018
But things took a turn as this discussion played out and some of the bill’s own sponsors said they would not vote for the bill.
ROFL–House Dems are outraged (what else is new?) at Speaker Ryan for scheduling a vote on THEIR OWN bill to abolish ICE. They never thought they'd actually have to go on record & stand by the ridiculous things they say to incite mobs! Priceless!https://t.co/1gink5m9df
— Gov. Mike Huckabee (@GovMikeHuckabee) July 13, 2018
The bill to abolish ICE was introduced Thursday. The bill’s sponsors included Reps. Mark Pocan (D-WI), Pramila Jayapal (D-WA) and Adriano Espaillat (D-NY). All three are now saying they will not vote for their own bill.
In a statement to Vox, the sponsors described the potential vote as a ‘political stunt’, and said they would vote no and wait for a day where there would be ‘meaningful action’ on the issue.
New: the 3 Dem reps who introduced the Abolish ICE bill — Pocan, Jaypal, and Espaillat — will vote no on their bill if it's brought to the floor. https://t.co/4hCbhToesI
— Ella Nilsen (@ella_nilsen) July 12, 2018
While the Washington Examiner reports have been a handful of other Democrats who have come out in support of abolishing ICE, House Minority called for reform of the agency, not its elimination.
A Politico poll last week showed that only 25% of Americans support abolishing ICE, making the vote all that more delicate for Democrats choosing a far-left stance. Forty percent of voters would be less likely to vote for a candidate who advocated as such.