With so many immigrant families still detained and separated at the border, the demands to dismantle ICE have become louder and louder. And now it seems like our representatives have finally heard our cries.
Democratic House Reps. Pramila Jayapal and Mark Pocan are currently preparing to introduce a bill that would abolish ICE once and for all.
Rep. Jayapal told The Seattle Times that the bill would “eliminate the agency as it stands, and restructure its functions, starting from scratch.”
Obviously, she’s not advocating for no immigration enforcement at all but would rather build a new system from the ground up.
“There will still be enforcement of immigration laws, but it must be without cruelty and abuse.”
While they already have the support of many other Democrats in Congress, the duo is hoping to get some Republicans onboard as well.
But even if the bill made it past the House, it’s unlikely that it would survive the Senate, let alone make it to the Senate floor.
Senate Majority Leader Mitch McConnell currently controls what bills do and don’t get presented on the floor and considering he basically lives up Trump’s ass, it’s unlikely the bill would see the light of day.
Even so, it’s gratifying to know that our elected representatives are not only listening to us, but taking action. While many Republican representatives seem to only cater to their donors (ahem, Paul Ryan), it’s important to remind everyone in Congress who they truly work for: we, the people. It’s their constituents who elected them and it’s their constituents who can oust them.
So if you feel strongly about ICE and the Zero Tolerance Policy, make sure you let your representatives know. Here’s how you can contact them.
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Lena Finkel is the Editor and Founder of Femestella. Prior to starting Femestella, she worked at People, InStyle, and Tiger Beat. Her favorite Housewife is Bethenny Frankel (by far!), but when she’s not watching RHONY, you can probably find her hanging with her kitty Tom or tweeting at Sen. Chuck Schumer.