Clinton Won These House Districts. So Why Are Their Dems Tripping over Themselves to Praise ICE?
Yesterday, House Republicans brought forth a resolution “supporting the officers and personnel who carry out the important mission of the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement.”
The resolution pushes right-wing, xenophobic narratives, e.g., the idea that eliminating ICE “would allow dangerous criminal aliens, including violent and ruthless members of the MS–13 gang, to remain in American communities.”
In fact, ICE is the one terrorizing American communities and engaging in gross violations of human rights. And Republicans support that.
Although the movement to abolish ICE (devolving any legitimate functions housed under the agency to other entities and shifting immigration policy to have a greater humanness to it) has gained in popularity, it does not have full buy-in across the House Democratic Caucus. (There’s work to do.)
House Democratic Leadership criticized the resolution as a distraction from Trump’s heinous policy of separating families at the border and encouraged members to vote “present.” Although I would fully support a NO vote on the resolution, I can understand the logic of mass abstention — a rejection of the need to have the vote in the same place and a desire to show unity.
The resolution passed 244 to 35, with 133 Democrats (a little more than 70% of those in attendance) voting present. 34 Democrats and Justin Amash (MI-01) showed principle and leadership by voting NO.
18 Democrats, however, bucked their party to vote FOR the amendment — FOR hatred of immigrants, fear-mongering of immigrants, violation of human rights, torture of children, and breaking up of families.
“Well, those Democrats are in conservative districts where they have to do stuff like this,” you might think (although that logic is always flawed). In fact, 12 of the 18 districts were won by Hillary Clinton in the 2016 general election (and 14 out of 18 by Obama in 2012). 7 of the 18 went for Clinton by more than 10%, and 4 by more than 20%.
Even if you were in a Republican district, you should reject shameless efforts to pander to voters’ worst prejudices. But if you’re in a solidly Democratic district, you should be ashamed of yourself — and you should find a new job.
Voters have the ability to help get their legislators new jobs when they go to the ballot box in November.