President Trump attacks Democrats over increasing calls to abolish ICE

President Trump attacks Democrats over increasing calls to abolish ICE

President Trump attacks Democrats over increasing calls to abolish ICE

U.S. President Donald Trump on Sunday defended the country's embattled immigration control agency against calls by some opposition Democrats to abolish it.

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.

Trump said on Twitter, one of several tweets he made over the weekend supporting the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY said Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, has "become a deportation force", telling CNN late Thursday "you should get rid of it, start over, reimagine it and build something that actually works".

Trump's tweets come a few days after Democratic socialist candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who ran on a platform calling for the elimination of ICE, beat 10-term incumbent Rep.

But, while it was unlikely to gain much traction on the right, Trump on Saturday backed ICE agents and said there was "zero chance" of ICE being abolished.

Immigration attorney Linda Rivas said groups have met with US authorities, congressional representatives and other leaders to discuss an escalating immigration crackdown that they say began decades ago.

"I'm here because I'm disgusted, outraged, and frightened by our government", Lisa Zieger, a 66-year-old Newark resident, said.

Eighty-year-olds with "Abolish ICE" pins on their walkers joined families with babies in strollers in the "Families Belong Together" march, which started in Foley Square, the site of New York Immigration Court, and crossed Brooklyn Bridge to Cadman Plaza, near the federal courthouse.

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

"Instead of being insulted with politically-motivated attacks, the men and women of ICE should be praised for risking life and limb every day in the name of national security and public safety", Johnson said. He added: "get rid of ICE you're going to have a country that you're going to be afraid to walk out of your house".

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

Ronald D. Vitiello, who was serving as acting deputy commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, began Saturday as deputy director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. 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.

Their focus, Alex said, should be on "stopping the long-standing culture of corruption" in US immigration policy and "the appalling practices" of the Trump administration, not on a move that by itself "amounts to rebranding".

To the great and courageous men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit.

As a result, children were separated from their families and held first in "processing centers", then in shelters.

Cornell Law School immigration professor Stephen Yale-Loehr said it was "extremely unlikely" that Congress will do away with ICE.

Why do Dems want to abolish ICE?

The protests attracted immigration activists as well as other first-time marchers who were drawn to respond to what they see as an immigration crisis on the southern border.

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