Dan Kohl, the Democratic candidate for the 6th Congressional District seat to challenge Republican Glenn Grothman, says he strongly disagrees with a proposal to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE), despite a movement within the Democratic party that is readying legislation to do so.
While fellow Democrat Rep. Mark Pocan’s is readying his “Abolish ICE” bill, not all Democrats seem to share his view. Media Trackers reached out to Kohl for his view on the matter last week, While he didn’t respond to us, he did speak against abolishing ICE in a radio interview. Kohl was a guest on the WHBY, Appleton radio show Fresh Take With Josh Dukelow and told Dukelow that he “strongly disagrees” with proposals to abolish ICE:
“…ICE was created after 9/11 to protect the homeland, to go after criminals, so that’s what ICE should be doing. I strongly disagree with proposals to get rid of ICE, but I do think that we need to make sure that ICE is doing the things that they were created to do. That means going after violent gangs, that means going after criminals, that means going after human trafficking, those kinds of things. Not striking fear into families and those kinds of things.”
Media Trackers previously noted that in a recent Washington Post opinion piece, former Secretary of Homeland Security under President Barack Obama, Jeh Johnson, called the idea “not a serious policy proposal.” A recent poll showed that only 1 in 4 Americans support abolishing ICE. The proposal grew out of opposition to Trump administration immigration policy of separating parents and children. Support for the idea grew after Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a liberal challenger, defeated House Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley in a Democratic primary for Crowley’s New York City-based seat. Ocasio-Cortez campaigned on the issue.