There’s been a lot of pearl clutching about calls to abolish ICE. Advocates are not calling for open borders or an end to immigration enforcement. They are calling for an end to an agency that has lost all moral authority and legal credibility to actually enforce those laws and instead to reform and rebuild it from the ground up with input from the communities it is tasked with working with. That may sound radical to some, but it sounds a lot like common sense to me.
Examples abound. ICE itself was the direct result of a changed mandate and renaming of INS after a series of incompetence and mismanagement at that department. DHS and the DNI folded and renamed around 90 different agencies after the widespread government failure that led to 9/11. Let us also not forget calls from a Republican Congress after WACO to abolish the ATF or their annual call to kill the IRS. Locally, the MDC was long viewed as a bastion of patronage and finally gutted down to its core functions, merged with state agencies and renamed in the early 2000’s as the DCR.
It is time we stop holding immigration rights advocates to a double standard of advocacy where they cannot renamed or reform agencies in the government that are clearly failing their mandates. Any good government advocate can see why ICE is an objective and costly failure in dire need of a top to bottom reform and rebranding.