Get rid of ICE — and other agencies

President Donald Trump’s policy of separating migrant children from their parents detained at the border increased calls among activists and lawmakers to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

That policy has been revoked, although the impact of it still is being undone. Yet this may be an opportunity for those on the left, right and in between to find common ground.

Trump and his budget director, Mick Mulvaney, in June revealed a goal of reorganizing the federal government. For example, the Labor and Education departments would be merged.

Perhaps consolidation and restructuring would include agencies tasked with protecting our borders, managing immigration and preventing terrorists from entering the country.

Now, those duties are handled by three entities:

• U.S. Customs and Border Protection is responsible for protecting our borders to prevent terrorists and terrorist weapons from entering the United States, while facilitating the flow of legitimate trade and travel.

• U.S. Citizenship and Immigration Services is responsible for the administration of immigration and naturalization adjudication functions and establishing immigration services policies and priorities.

• U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement is responsible for identifying and shutting down vulnerabilities in the nation’s border, economic, transportation and infrastructure security.

Perhaps there is a more efficient way to accomplish these goals. Certainly, the federal government overall can be streamlined.

Full details have yet to be revealed by Trump and Mulvaney. But if it results in more efficiency and less bureaucracy, that should be something Americans can agree on.

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