At AFSC we believe there is nothing divisive about the call to abolish ICE. Join us now by signing the petition to abolish ICE. As the idea has gained momentum and become a rallying cry, some pundits and policymakers have pushed back, arguing that eliminating the agency might be too radical an idea to gain broad support. But here’s why we think that taking a principled, feasible stand – abolish ICE – is both strategically sound and just radical enough to bring about social change.
1. Abolish ICE is principled and reasonable.
The mission of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is at odds with the values and principles that AFSC and other rights activists hold dear. Created in the aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, ICE set out an extreme agenda: the deportation of all “removable” immigrants. Grandparents and children, business owners and workers, students and caregivers: All are the targets of ICE. This is large scale family separation.