Kirsten Gillibrand Becomes FIRST SENATOR to Call for Abolishment of ICE

Armed federal officers surround Portland ICE facility to contain ongoing immigration protest

"I believe that it has become a deportation force, and I think you should separate the criminal justice from the immigration issues and I think you should re-imagine ice under a new agency with a very different mission and take those two missions out", Sen.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he also agrees with protesters and fellow Democratic politicians who are calling for the abolition of the federal government's chief immigration enforcement agency. "Some of them did", Sperling said. It has faced growing backlash in the wake of the administration's "zero tolerance" policy, which led to the separation of migrant families at the border. "The radical left Dems want you out". You are doing a fantastic job of keeping us safe by eradicating the worst criminal elements. This month, WikiLeaks published the identities and information of more than 9,000 supposed current and former ICE employees.

"But Ice, border patrol, these are incredible patriots", Trump said.

U.S. lawmakers are voicing the same demand, along with human rights organizations, who note that ICE is a relatively recent creation.

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

The protesters near the golf club held signs proclaiming messages such as, "My civility is locked in a cage/reunite families now", "Even the Trump family belongs together", and "We the people say no to the Trump agenda" taped over a rainbow flag.

"I know what the lasting affect of this is", she said.

The agency absorbed numerous investigative and detention and deportation duties of the U.S. Customs Service and former Immigration and Naturalization Service. "Zero chance, It will never happen!" the president added.

While Trump equates the proposal with punting on border security, Democrats argue that security would be strengthened by breaking Ice apart along the existing fault line separating its investigative arm from its enforcement arm.

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.

Sperling added that the music protesters heard was not a tactic reminiscent of US detainee operations, nor was it created to push them out.

Cornell Law School immigration professor Stephen Yale-Loehr said it was "extremely unlikely" that Congress will do away with ICE. "I have literally never seen Americans show up for immigrants like this", said Jess Morales Rocketto, political director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance, which represents nannies, housekeepers and caregivers.

In his Fox interview, which was pre-recorded, Trump repeated a claim he tweeted on Saturday, that Ice had "liberated" towns from the MS-13 gang, which Trump almost always invokes in discussions of immigration despite the gang's irrelevance to the core debate.

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