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United States officials call for abolition of immigration agency

02 July 2018

That idea was the topic of two Saturday morning tweets from Trump, who reassured "the fearless men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit" and said they were doing a "fantastic job".

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio became the latest government official to call for the abolition of America's immigration enforcement agency on Friday amid President Donald Trump's hardline crackdown on undocumented immigrants.

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandICE chief to protesters: We're not the ones separating families Another Dem lawmaker calls to abolish ICE Lawmakers take immigration battle to ballot box MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday became the first sitting senator to call for ICE to be abolished, saying it has become "a deportation force".

This week, Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., said he plans to introduce legislation to eliminate the agency. "Because they're going to get beaten so badly", he said in an interview with Fox News Channel's "Sunday Morning Futures with Maria Bartiromo", according to an excerpt released Saturday. "And I lived through Vietnam, through Roe v. Wade", said Lisa Zieger, 66.

Ocasio-Cortez is a self-described "democratic-socialist", who ran on abolishing ICE.

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President Donald Trump recently reversed course and signed an executive order aimed at keeping undocumented families together following public outcry over the separation of parents and children at the border.

ICE was created within the newly formed Department of Homeland Security following the passage of the Homeland Security Act of 2002. And these are the ones - 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.

Tom Homan no longer leads U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

"I happened to have voted against the formation of ICE back in 2002, ' Sanders told CNN on Wednesday and he called for an end to Trump's 'disastrous" immigration agenda.

Thousands of protesters marched from Downtown Manhattan to Brooklyn on Saturday in support of migrant families who were separated when they entered the country illegally or seeking asylum. This month, WikiLeaks published the identities and information of more than 9,000 supposed current and former ICE employees.

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In a pair of tweets from his private golf club in Bedminister, New Jersey, Trump forcefully defended the performance of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and lambasted Democrats as pushing a "radical left" agenda to abolish it, even though only a handful have publicly supported doing so.

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

Maria Svart, the group's national director, said the organization is ready to "apply pressure wherever possible to lift up the narrative that ICE is horrific, has no place in our communities and needs to be abolished".

Republican politicians and attendant strategists seem to be welcoming this latest shift in the Democratic party paradigm, sensing that it may cause further internal fracture as well as form as a winning wedge for them with American voters, particularly those voters living outside of strong blue enclaves such as California and NY.

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

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United States officials call for abolition of immigration agency