Polis Takes Coward’s Way Out, Refuses to Denounce Calls to Abolish ICE

Greenwood Village, CO – Today, Colorado Republican Chairman Jeff Hays issued the following statement after Congressman Jared Polis refused to denounce calls to abolish ICE (the United States Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency). Polis did not take a position today and instead took the coward’s way out by choosing to vote “present” on House Resolution 990.

“This was not a difficult vote. Congressman Polis’s decision to vote present and not stand up to the radical, left-wing extremists in his own party who want to abolish ICE was gutless and raises the question where Jared Polis stands on a range of issues important to Coloradans,” said Colorado Republican Chairman Jeff Hays. “Does his failure to stand up to the radical left offer us insights into how he will govern on a range of issues where his base holds positions far outside the mainstream?”

“ICE plays a key role in keeping our communities safe from the worst of the worst, including drug cartels and human traffickers. If Polis were a real leader, he would have stood up for public safety and our law enforcement professionals. Instead, he chose the coward’s way out.”

ICE Keeps Americans Safe:

As the Resolution notes, ICE was responsible in 2017 for the arrest of more than 127,000 undocumented immigrants with criminal convictions or charges, including thousands of sexual assaults, kidnappings, and homicides.

ICE does more than enforce our immigration laws. It also pursues undocumented immigrants guilty of the most heinous crimes, such as human trafficking. In 2017, ICE identified or rescued 904 sexually exploited children and 518 victims of human trafficking.

In 2017, ICE arrested undocumented immigrants with criminal convictions or charges including 76,000 dangerous drug offenses, 48,000 assault offenses, 11,000 weapon offenses, 5,000 sexual assault offenses, 2,000 kidnapping offenses, and 1,800 homicide offenses.

Even Democrats don’t want to abolish ICE:

Senator Bernie Sanders:
“Sen. Bernie Sanders, Vt.-I, asked whether the agency should be abolished, avoided addressing the question directly. ‘I think what we need is to create policies which deal with immigration in a rational way,’ he said on CNN last month.” (Source: NBC News, “The growing Democratic divide over icing ICE,” 7/9/18)

Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer:
“‘Look, ICE does some functions that are very much needed,’ Senate Minority Leader Chuck Schumer, D-N.Y., told reporters last week.” (Source: NBC News, “The growing Democratic divide over icing ICE,” 7/9/18)

Congressional Hispanic Caucus:
As Politico notes, “…members of the Congressional Hispanic Caucus are also fuming over the liberal move to eliminate the agency.”