ICE Officials Call to Abolish ICE Over Trump's Policy

Arturo Kim
July 2, 2018

"The Democrats are making a strong push to abolish ICE, one of the smartest, toughest and most spirited law enforcement groups of men and women that I have ever seen", he said.

The people occupying the area in front of the ICE headquarters were protesting the Trump administration's treatment of immigrants, including separating children from their parents at the southern border. Meanwhile, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's stance that ICE should be abolished has gained prominence since her longshot victory in Tuesday's Democratic congressional primary over U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley in NY.

Trump tweeted his support of the agency Saturday morning and said there was a "zero chance" the agency would be abolished.

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

Trump said he knew the bill, even if it passed the House of Representatives, would not clear the Senate in the face of Democratic opposition.

"The Democratic Party had a reckoning about the crime bill, financial deregulation and about welfare reform, but it never really had a reckoning about their complicity in creating both the intellectual framework for this sort of policy", said Sean McElwee, a leading activist in the anti-ICE movement and early supporter of Ocasio-Cortez's campaign.

Around her, thousands waved signs: "I care, do you?" some read, referencing a jacket the first lady wore when visiting child migrants amid the global furor over the administration's zero-tolerance policy that forced the separation of more than 2,000 children from their parents. "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".

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

Over the past week, several prominent Democrats have proposed eliminating ICE, citing what they say is its unjust treatment of immigrants.

"ICE is broken, it's divisive and it should be abolished", he added, referring to the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

ICE spokeswoman Liz Johnson condemned calls to abolish the agency as "dangerously misguided" in a statement Friday.

"The Liberal Left, also known as the Democrats, want to get rid of ICE, who do a fantastic job, and want Open Borders". Cortez was among the more vocal candidates calling for ICE to be shut down.

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

But the latest ICE protest, this time in the shadows of City Hall Friday evening didn't stop at a call for change in US Immigration Policy. He urged ICE agents to "not worry or lose your spirit". And she ridiculed protesters in Washington, D.C., who were calling for abolishment of ICE as "Jiffy Pop" on account of the "tin foil robes" they wore, which were meant to resemblethe foil blankets ICE is giving detained children.

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