Some leading Democrats are becoming increasingly worried that calls from several prominent party members to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency will boomerang on the party at the polls in November.
The Democrats calling for the elimination of ICE aren’t obscure backbenchers. Two potential Democratic presidential candidates — New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand — have jumped on board the anti-ICE bandwagon, joining a growing list of far-left Democrats.
Top Democrats tell Axios they’re worried that a sudden wave of ambitious party members calling for the abolition of ICE — U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, which is newly controversial because of the detained kids — will make the party look weak on security, a key issue for many swing voters.
Between the lines: These Dems fear the phrase makes them an easy target for conservatives who accuse Democrats of wanting “open borders.”