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White House senior policy advisor Stephen Miller (R) joins Press Secretary Sarah Huckabee Sanders to discuss U.S. immigration policy at the daily briefing at the White House in Washington, U.S. August 2, 2017. REUTERS/Jonathan Ernst – RC12A3375CB0

This is absolutely right--we may have moved on from thinking about ICE and immigration all the time but that’s on us (and all the other crises to be fair). ICE is an evil, vile, fascist organization that is pure poison. It absolutely needs to be abolished.

In 2018, one of the biggest demands of immigrant rights activists was “Abolish ICE.” The rallying cry intensified in part due to the Trump administration’s border policy, which separated parents from children and horrified the world. Just a few days ago, leaked tapes of the first lady exposed her indifference toward the policy in 2018, and reminded us of the administration’s complete disdain of the humanity of people seeking asylum. Today, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is still targeting and detaining hundreds of thousands of people, and separating loved ones from their families and communities. And while fewer families are being ripped apart at the border, family separations are still happening.

This suggests two things: The Trump administration has become more adept at hiding its abuses, and the problem with ICE was never about any one specific policy. Indeed, a recent report has proven once again that the agency is, at its core, rotten.

In September, Congress released an alarming new report exposing both egregious conditions in ICE detention centers as well as the agency’s failure to identify and respond to abuses. Following visits to eight ICE detention facilities and interviews with more than 400 people in ICE custody, the Congressional Committee on Homeland Security reported poor physical and mental health care, failure to protect people in detention from Covid, and constrained access to legal services and information.

These findings merely add to a pattern of well-documented institutional medical neglect and abuse at ICE that proves no one is safe in its custody.

I do not expect Joe Biden to abolish ICE. In fact, I know he won’t. But we must demand this to make any meaningful change in that agency, which needs to be cleaned with bleach from stem to stern.

What I do want from Biden is to actually tear down the sections of the border wall that Trump has had built. I want those absolutely torn down and I won’t accept any other result.

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