Trump attacks ‘abolish ICE’ movement on the morning of massive nationwide protest

Trump attacks ‘abolish ICE’ movement on the morning of massive nationwide protest

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY said Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, has "become a deportation force" and wants to get rid of it and start over.

As the Trump administration is stepping up mass deportations, separating families at the U.S. -Mexico border, and interning immigrant children in cages, calls to abolish ICE have spread from a grass-roots Twitter phenomenon to the political mainstream.

Tens of thousands of protesters demonstrated Saturday across the United States against his "zero tolerance" policy calling for the apprehension of anyone illegally crossing the Mexican border into the United States and for the immediate reunification of more than 2,000 immigrant children separated from their parents when they entered the United States, who the government is holding in shelters. They may just get their wish if the far-left gets their way.

More than 700 planned marches are expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people across the country, from immigrant-friendly cities like Los Angeles and NY to conservative Appalachia and Wyoming under the banner Families Belong Together. They carried signs reading: "No more children in cages", and "What's next?"

"Because of (ICE's) reputation, no one wants to talk to them because they are afraid they are going to be deported", he said.

The letter informed the Trump administration that stepped-up enforcement against families seeking asylum in the U.S. had detracted from the fight against violent criminal elements.

House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Calif., "believes that ICE has been on the wrong end of far too many inhumane and unconstitutional practices to be allowed to continue without an immediate and fundamental overhaul", said her spokesman, Drew Hammill.

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An unspecified number of protesters were taken into custody as federal law enforcement personnel cleared a path that includes the facility's driveway and front door, Sperling said. Ocasio-Cortez is a self-described "democratic-socialist", who ran on abolishing ICE. The letter goes on to say that other jurisdictions will work with them only if "ICE" is not included in any public documents about the work.

In a series of tweets, Trump praised the agency as "one of the smartest, toughest and most spirited law enforcement groups of men and women that I have ever seen". Families are still separated. He added that if officials in Pyongyang "play Trump like they've played everybody else, they're going to regret it". According to Trump, the abolition of ICE "will never happen".

"Even if the Democrats take control of Congress in November, the chances of abolishing ICE are slim to none".

Progressive immigration rights activists - during both Republican and Democratic administrations - have come to view ICE as a rogue agency that terrorized immigrant communities. "I saw the brutality and inhumanity and absolute cruelty of these policies", he said. Homan has served as acting ICE director since January 30, 2017, when he replaced Daniel Ragsdale in the post.

Trump on Saturday claimed he has "watched ICE liberate towns from the grasp of MS-13". "That being said, ICE remains committed to performing its immigration enforcement mission consistent with federal law and agency policy".

"I don't think ICE today is working as intended", she said.

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