Journalist Sean McElwee on the Abolish ICE movement (and the Overton window).

Can #AbolishICE Win Elections?

Can #AbolishICE Win Elections?

A daily news and culture podcast with Mike Pesca.
Aug. 27 2018 8:47 PM

#AbolishICE … and Then What?

Journalist Sean McElwee wants the agency — and the criminalization it exists to punish — to disappear completely.

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Demonstrators march through downtown calling for the abolition of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement on Aug. 16 in Chicago.

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Chances are you’ve heard #AbolishICE before. Journalist and activist Sean McElwee kick-started it and argues it’s not just the agency that needs to go down, but the criminalization of undocumented residence within American borders.

In the Spiel, stupid stuff comes in threes.

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