Speaker Paul RyanPaul Davis RyanOvernight Defense: Trump roils NATO on summit’s first day | Trump, Merkel relationship sinks lower | House, Senate kick off defense bill talks | Senators symbolically rebuke Trump on national security tariffs Hillicon Valley: Hacker tried to sell military docs on dark web | Facebook fined over Cambridge Analytica | US closer to lifting ZTE ban | Trump, Obama lose followers in Twitter purge | DOJ weighs appeal on AT&T merger FBI agent set for public House grilling MORE (R-Wis.) bashed House and Senate Democrats calling for the abolishment of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), saying they have “really jumped the sharks.”
“They have really jumped the sharks on the left. … It’s amazing,” Ryan told reporters at his weekly news conference in the Capitol. “You want to abolish the Immigrations and Customs Enforcement? This is the agency that gets gangs out of our communities, that helps prevent drugs from flowing into our schools, that rescues people from human trafficking.
The abolishment of ICE is an extreme position, Ryan argued, one that will scare voters away in the November midterm elections.
“They want to get rid of this agency? It’s the craziest position I’ve ever seen and they are tripping over themselves to move too far to the left,” Ryan said. “They are out of the mainstream of the America, and that’s one of the reasons why I feel very goods about this fall.”
Self-described democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who upset Rep. Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyElection Countdown: Latest on the 2018 Senate money race | Red-state Dems feeling the heat over Kavanaugh | Dem doubts about Warren | Ocasio-Cortez to visit Capitol Hill | Why Puerto Ricans in Florida could swing Senate race Dem pollster: Moderate Dems stand best chance in November Ocasio-Cortez wins write-in primary in neighboring congressional district MORE (D-N.Y.) in a Democratic primary last month, was one of the first politicians to call for ICE to be scrapped. A number of possible 2020 Democratic presidential contenders, including Sens. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandLawmakers pitch dueling plans for paid family leave GOP pollster: Democrats won’t be talking about abolishing ICE in November Dems should not call for abolishing ICE ahead of November: Dem pollster MORE (N.Y.), Cory BookerCory Anthony BookerHawley doubles down on Supreme Court messaging against McCaskill Democrats use Mueller probe to attack Kavanaugh Red state Democrats will vote on Supreme Court pick to stay alive MORE (N.J.) and Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenHillicon Valley: Hacker tried to sell military docs on dark web | Facebook fined over Cambridge Analytica | US closer to lifting ZTE ban | Trump, Obama lose followers in Twitter purge | DOJ weighs appeal on AT&T merger Election Countdown: Latest on the 2018 Senate money race | Red-state Dems feeling the heat over Kavanaugh | Dem doubts about Warren | Ocasio-Cortez to visit Capitol Hill | Why Puerto Ricans in Florida could swing Senate race Senate Dems urge Justice Department to review Comcast bid for Fox MORE (Mass.), quickly followed suit.
On Thursday, Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanHouse Dems prepare legislation to shut down ICE, shift responsibilities Pence delivers pep rally for ICE agents amid Dem attacks There’s a better response to abuse than abolishing ICE MORE (D-Wis.), a progressive leader who’s being encouraged to run for leadership, rolled out a bill to shut down ICE and form a bipartisan group to come up with a replacement.