Sanders breaks with Democrats calling for dismantling ICE

Trump defends ICE as thousands gather around US to protest his immigration policy

"And then I hear Democrats saying, 'We want to abandon ICE.' We're not abandoning ICE and we're not abandoning our law enforcement", he insisted. The men and women of ICE are members of the law enforcement community.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the insurgent Democratic Socialist who won a stunning primary upset in NY last week, ran on this issue.

"Every day, the courageous men and women of ICE are liberating communities from savage gangs like MS-13", he tweeted Wednesday.

The occupation was one of several in US cities in recent days, including protests at ICE offices in Portland, New York, Detroit and San Francisco. "President Trump seems to think that the only way to have immigration rule is to rip parents from their family, is to treat rape victims and refugees like terrorists and to put children in cages". "If it's reorganizing the Department of Homeland Security and changing the functions of ICE, having greater accountability, abolishing that agency altogether, that's fine", he said.

A spokeswoman for ICE told The Eagle on Friday that elected officials would need to formally request access to a facility through Homeland Security's Office of Legislative Affairs. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) indicated an openness to abolishing ICE and starting from scratch but have been hesitant to fully embrace the idea.

It's not as if ICE is some longstanding agency that should be considered untouchable.

In his comments, Trump ignored the immediate immigration crisis at the southern border with Mexico - a federal judge's order to reunite more than 2,000 children with their parents, children immigration agents had separated from their parents when they crossed illegally into the United States. Joe Manchin is seeking re-election.

Many anti-Trump activists, such as Nelini Stamp, the national organizing director for the Working Families Party, called the #AbolishICE movement a "critical moment" in the early maneuverings for 2020. "Tell the people 'OUT, ' and they must leave, just as they would if they were standing on your front lawn".

Cristobal Alex, president of the Latino Victory Project, a political action group that backs pro-immigration candidates, rejected ICE as a "litmus test".

Kirsten Gillibrand - The Senator from NY and likely 2020 presidential candidate said that ICE "has become a deportation force, and I think you should separate out the criminal justice from the immigration issues". Eight-four percent - a huge number - said that cities should be required to notify immigration authorities.

Indeed, the would-be presidential candidates haven't yet detailed what they propose in ICE's place. Sixty-nine percent of those surveyed said ICE should not be abolished, while 31 percent said it should. And that's a problem, many say.

Gillum, the mayor of Tallahassee who has recently been bolstered by large contributions from liberal billionaires Tom Steyer and George Soros, said in a statement, "I support a comprehensive immigration overhaul that includes abolishment of ICE in its current form to be replaced with a more compassionate and focused agency that actually keeps us safer".

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