ICE Officials Call to Abolish ICE Over Trump's Policy

Minnie Murray
July 2, 2018

President Trump on Saturday lashed out at Democrats amid growing calls to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency.

"To the great and courageous men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit", Trump wrote in one tweet.

In a following tweet, he says abolition will "never happen!"

They called for an end to the Trump administration policy that resulted in separating migrant families at the border and, as the viral protest heated up, began to chant: "Abolish ICE!"

"I believe that [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] has become a deportation force ... and that's why I believe you should get rid of it, start over, reimagine it and build something that actually works", Gillibrand said in a CNN interview Thursday night.

Some key Democratic lawmakers who are possibly eyeing a 2020 presidential campaign against Trump's re-election bid have called for closing ICE, which is part of the government's Homeland Security agency. The demonstrators included Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated the powerful Rep. Joseph Crowley in Tuesday's Democratic primary. But he said, "When people come into our Country illegally, we must IMMEDIATELY escort them back out without going through years of legal maneuvering".

"Even the cops don't like us anymore, because they're listening to the news also", said an agent who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

Republicans and immigration hardliners have welcomed the Democratic shift on the issue, believing that it spells electoral victory for the GOP outside of Democratic enclaves like NY and California.

Homan's retirement comes as the administration faces an global backlash over a policy that has separated parents and children caught crossing the border without documentation, and reunite those families.

ICE is made up of two sub-agencies: HSI (Homeland Security Investigations) and ERO (Enforcement and Removal Operations). "You get rid of ICE, you're going to have a country that you're going to be afraid to walk out of your house".

Immigrant advocacy groups say they're thrilled - and surprised - to see the issue gaining traction among those not tied to immigration.

Right-wing activists with the group Patriot Prayer also have a permit to march later in the day Saturday and the Portland Police Bureau said Friday they planned to have a heavy police presence. "You are doing a fantastic job of keeping us safe by eradicating the worst criminal elements". "Do not worry or lose your spirit", Trump told ICE agents.

The focus was on the roughly 2,000 children who have been separated from their families under President Trump's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy. So fearless! The radical left Dems want you out. ICE is not reasonable law enforcement. Hartford City Councilwoman Wildaliz Bermudez, of the Working Families Party, said the visceral nature of reporting from the border during the height of the family separation crisis pushed the movement toward a tipping point.

I'm introducing legislation that would abolish ICE and crack down on the agency's blanket directive to target and round up individuals and families.

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