Congressional Vote Cancelled on Abolishing ICE

On July 16, 2018, the Republican-controlled House reversed its decision to allow a floor vote on a Democrat-sponsored bill to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency (ICE). House Republicans will instead allow a vote on approving further support for ICE that includes language refuting any notion of its abolition. The agency has been the subject of controversy lately in the wake of frequent raids and increased enforcement action on undocumented immigrants, particularly in so-called “sanctuary” jurisdictions. There is, however, no evidence that ICE intends to target those with valid status in the United States.