Thanks to the Black Lives Matter movement, people are giving a lot of thought to what forms of law enforcement might benefit from reform or being reorganized altogether.
Naturally, attention has fallen on US Immigration and Customs Enforcement, an agency whose practices have been called a “human rights catastrophe” by Amnesty USA.
Now some US politicians are even calling for an end to ICE altogether.
Congresswoman Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who often grabs headlines for her commitment to left-wing ideas, has tweeted that the agency should be abolished, as a matter of humanity.
Sharing a video that showed immigrant children being illegally detained by ICE officials, AOC wrote:
Abolishing ICE isn’t a radical thing to do, it’s a humane thing to do.
Of course, AOC’s comment immediately sparked debate.
Some disagreed that abolishing law enforcement agencies like ICE would help make a safer America.
However, others said they no longer recognised the country they were taught to be proud of.
Abolishing ICE sits in parallel to cries of defunding the police, an action which American cities like Minneapolis have voted to implement.
As many people have explained, defunding or abolition work would not take place at once but would instead see funding and services slowly channelled away from being the work of police officers or immigration officials and into community bodies.
Perhaps then we wouldn’t have to watch videos of young children holding up desperate posters from hotel windows to human rights activists who want to make sure their basic rights are upheld.