Activists push for end to ICE despite fears of political harm to Dems

July 8, 2018
KXAN

Calls to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement is a rocky road between activists who want deportations to stop and Democratic officials who want to see fellow Democrats elected.

Some Texas Democratic leaders say campaigning on one issue is a sure way they will lose this November Election. Immigration activists are pushing them to do it anyway.

Cristina Parker with Grassroots Leadership is calling for eliminating the agency as well. She thinks thousands of officers looking for people to deport is too drastic, since living in America without legal status is a civil violation, not a criminal offense.

"We're talking about people's families. We're talking about the people who live next door to you. The idea of someone out there hunting them down is terrifying," said Parker.