Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand calls for end of ICE

Democratic Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand calls for end of ICE

Fueling its sudden ascent have been a series of recent shocks to the system. "I'm here for the long haul", she said. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio. "And I think you should separate out the criminal justice from the immigration issues".

The rapid escalation was years in the making. Immigration enforcement is important, both sides agree on that. Calls for its dissolution, once rare, are spreading.

Earlier this week, the Texas Observer reported that 19 senior ICE investigators asked DHS Secretary Kristjen Nielsen to spin the Homeland Security Investigations division out of ICE.

The letter continues: "Furthermore, the perception of HSI's investigative independence is unnecessarily impacted by the political nature of ERO's civil immigration enforcement". Pramila Jayapal of Washington state and Adriano Espaillat of NY on legislation to eliminate the agency.

Yesterday the Democrats organized pro-illegal immigration rallies across the country. "I don't think they're going to try and tear this whole thing down". "You need something there".

But there is dissent now in the Democratic ranks. They carried signs with slogans like "We are all immigrants" as they chanted "Love, not hate, makes America great".

These protesters, organized by the Democratic Socialist Party, want to abolish ICE altogether.

Donald Trump, who has vilified law enforcement agencies, the intelligence community, the military, and veterans, leapt to ICE's defense via Twitter, and attacked Democrats for supporting the agency's abolishment. Harris said on NBC's "Meet the Press" Sunday that the nation's immigration enforcement should "start from scratch" by eliminating ICE.

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".

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".

The calls are unlikely to sway Donald Trump who, since assuming office, has taken extraordinary measures to bolster the agency's powers. She said she was anxious about the children taken from their families, and their parents left without knowing how to find them. "So she just hammered him on it".

His 7-year-old daughter Liliana clutched a sign she made, saying, "Stop the separation". She put it in her ads.

"But the abolish ICE debate oversimplifies everything", the aide said.

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