Wisconsin Congressman Mark Pocan says he wants to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE)

Posted at 3:17 PM, Jun 25, 2018
and last updated 2018-06-25 17:01:09-04

WASHINGTON, DC -- Congressman Mark Pocan (D-Madison) announced Monday that he would introduce legislation to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement, better known as ICE.

Pocan said he plans to introduce the legislation in the U.S. House of Representatives later this week.

“During my trip to the southern border, it was clear that ICE, and its actions of hunting down and tearing apart families, has wreaked havoc on far too many people," Rep. Pocan said in a statement. "From conducting raids at garden centers and meatpacking plants, to breaking up families at churches and schools, ICE is tearing apart families and ripping at the moral fabric of our nation."

Pocan says his legislation would dismantle ICE and "create a commission to provide recommendations to Congress on how the U.S. government can implement a humane immigration enforcement system."

Though the legislation will likely be popular with his Democratic base, Pocan's proposal stands little chance of passage in the GOP-controlled Congress.

In a statement, Republican Party of Wisconsin Communications Director Alec Zimmerman condemned the move as "dangerous":

“Yet again, Democrats are siding with their radically left base over our law enforcement. Instead of focusing on how to secure our borders, Pocan is launching a dangerous stunt with no regards for the rule of law or safety of our communities," Zimmerman said.