Democrats in Congress have a problem on immigration law and enforcement. Rather than fix the problem, a growing number of lawmakers have decided to embrace slogans to deflect from Capitol Hill’s own failure to anticipate the outcomes of the laws passed by Congress. The sudden demands to “abolish ICE!” not only lack coherence, but ditches responsibility instead of addressing the problem effectively. …

ICE neither created these restrictions nor set the zero-tolerance policy in place. ICE follows the laws passed by Congress, their interpretation by the judiciary, and the enforcement priorities of the executive branch as it has since its creation in 2003. That hasn’t stopped opponents of those enforcement priorities from demanding ICE’s abolition—while doing nothing to fix the underlying problems.