President Trump’s controversial policy of separating refugee families has rightly intensified calls to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE). The agency, which was established after September 11 and functions within the Department of Homeland Security, is tasked with detaining and deporting immigrants. However, as it tends to resort to immorally criminalize all immigrants, viewing any undocumented immigrant as an inherent threat, it should be dismantled, argues Danny Katch in SocialistWorker.org. It’s time to return to the pre-9/11 days when the INS solely oversaw legal immigration and border enforcement and did not resort to militarized borders and viewing immigration through the lens of terrorism.
Calls for abolishing the Customs Enforcement agency (ICE) are short-sighted and irresponsible, as the agency is necessary to enforce American immigration laws and borders, argues Fox News host Tom Carlson as reported by Daily Caller. According to Carlson, last year alone, ICE removed 226,00 immigrants who broke American law. Dismantling the agency would mean an end to enforceable US borders, which could lead to increased crime in America, as alien gang members, drug smugglers and convicted murderers could illegally cross the borders unchecked. In addition, without enforceable borders or immigration laws, US companies could also bring in countless illegal workers, taking away American jobs or lowering wages.