Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
Worldwide | By Victor Meyer

President Trump attacks Democrats over increasing calls to abolish ICE

President Trump attacks Democrats over increasing calls to abolish ICE

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who beat Rep. Joe Crowley in New York's Democratic primary, ran on a platform that called for the abolition of ICE.

Across the nation, ICE has never seemed more visible as anger continues over the separation of families under the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy.

They're not alone. Some progressives on the Hill worry that wielding the "Abolish ICE" banner would be a political gift to Trump and his allies, and that Democrats should consider a more nuanced approach.

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand becomes the first sitting USA senator to publicly call for the elimination of Immigration and Customs Enforcement; reaction and analysis on 'The Five'.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), another possible 2020 Democratic candidate, made similar comment last week during an MSNBC interview, saying that the government should "probably think about starting from scratch" with immigration enforcement. "I don't think ICE today is working as intended", she said, to Cuomo's apparent surprise.

Johnson said that "recent calls to abolish ICE are dangerously misguided and overlook the vital work that ICE officers and special agents perform each day".

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"We are enforcing the laws that they enacted and they want to vilify us for doing it", the native New Yorker said, criticizing the senator for falsely claiming ICE is separating families at the southern border. Officials hope to reopen the facility early next week for the first time since June 20, Federal Protective Service spokesman Robert Sperling said.

Sen. Elizabeth WarrenElizabeth Ann WarrenSenate Dems ask FEMA to extend Puerto Rico shelters Senate confirms Trump's pick to lead U.S. forces in Afghanistan Anti-establishment fervor grips Dems MORE (D-Mass.) joined the chorus of ICE critics on Saturday, calling for "replacing ICE" while slamming the White House's "ugly" immigration practices. Before the border separation crisis, Harris had introduced legislation that would curb the expansion of immigration detention centers.

"We're going to maintain a presence there and ensure the safety and security of the facility", he said.

His proposal would create a commission, the objective of which would be to issue recommendations to Congress and identify the essential functions of ICE that can be returned to other federal agencies. A media relations contact with ICE's Detroit field office did not respond to email and telephone inquiries about the impact of the protest. This month, WikiLeaks published the identities and information of more than 9,000 supposed current and former ICE employees.

CBS has identified the men as agents from the Department of Homeland Security inspector general's office.

President Trump defended "great and brave" Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers against progressive calls to shut the agency down in a pair of Saturday morning tweets.

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