Kirsters Baish| An Arizona Democratic Congressional candidate was booed by angry members of the crowd when she argued in favor of supporting United States Customs and Immigration Enforcement (ICE) while participating in a debate this past Thursday. ICE has recently been under fire by Democrats for enforcing immigration law.
The Daily Wire reports of the recent push to abolish ICE:
There has been a push in the Democratic Party – at least vocally – to “abolish ICE” to protest President Donald Trump’s immigration policies, which activists say have led to the forceful removal of children from their families at the border. Protests against the agency took place in Philadelphia, Seattle, and Columbus, Ohio, and other cities, predictably becoming violent. Protesters even went after the agency as it broke up a child sex-trafficking ring.
Prominent 2020 Democratic presidential candidates have also called to abolish the agency, including Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), and Elizabeth Warren (D-MA). Democrats even tried to introduce an “abolish ICE” bill, but the moderate wing of the party put a stop to it by telling House Speaker Paul Ryan (R-WI) they’d vote no if it was brought to the floor. Instead, Ryan brought a resolution that favored ICE, and Democrats chickened out, with only 18 voting against the resolution, and many more simply voting “present.”
The candidate, Ann Kirkpatrick, is running for Arizona’s 2nd Congressional District. When the moderator posed the question if any candidates would show “support for ICE agents without any increased oversight,” Kirkpatrick raised her hand. She was the only candidate to support the notion.
As you can hear from the video, the crowd was not happy with Kirkpatrick’s gesture.
Then, the candidates were questioned whether or not they support Democratic leadership reprimanding California Representative Maxine Waters for comments she made, pushing supporters to harass Trump officials if they saw them in public places. Once again, Ann Kirkpatrick was the only candidate on the stage to raise her hand to the question. The audience erupted in angry booing and heckling once again.
There were at least three more instances during the event during which the audience heckled Ann Kirkpatrick.
The Washington Free Beacon writes, “In June, a judge ruled that Kirkpatrick could appear on the primary ballot next month, even though some of her campaign documents contained incorrect residency information. The lawsuit challenging her appearance on the ballot was funded by the campaign of former Arizona state Rep. Matt Heinz, one of her opponents in the Democratic primary.”