Calls grow to abolish USA immigration agency

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

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

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) became the first sitting senator to come out in favor of abolishing Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Thursday night.

Though many who show up to the rallies across the country will be seasoned anti-Trump demonstrators, others are new to immigration activism, including parents who say they feel compelled to show up after heart-wrenching accounts of children forcibly taken from their families as they crossed the border illegally.

For months, activists have been calling for the dissolution of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), the government agency now responsible for carrying out the Trump administration's racist "zero tolerance" immigration policy.

If it seems like ICE and immigration policy in general is in the news just about every day - you're right.

The letter informed the Trump administration that stepped-up enforcement against families seeking asylum in the USA had detracted from the fight against violent criminal elements.

Whatever the details, the focus on ICE could cause problems for some potential candidates with more conservative records on immigration.

An unspecified number of protesters were taken into custody as federal law enforcement personnel cleared a path that includes the facility's driveway and front door, Sperling said. "We really respect the kids who have been separated from their parents", she said.

Protestor Peter Dichter said, "Is it a realistic goal to demand the abolishment of the entire agency?"

Ship with 900 migrants on board docks in Sicily
The European Parliament's president on Wednesday said the contentious issue was threatening "the survival" of the 28-nation bloc. A government source said Conte still did not see the right "conditions" for a Friday meeting with Macron.

That idea was the topic of two Saturday morning tweets from Trump, who reassured "the courageous men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit" and said they were doing a "fantastic job". We need to separate immigration issues from criminal justice.

They all think ICE should be disbanded and its work handled by a different, more capable agency.

ICE has played a central role in the Trump administration's efforts to crack down on illegal immigration.

"I have people already reaching out to us that want to sign on", he said.

Yet other Democrats fear that such a position is fraught for the party as Trump continues to paint immigrants as risky to put his political rivals on the defensive.

Republicans are casting progressive calls to abolish the agency and the recent momentum in the Democratic Party as a move to the far left, evidence that Democrats are weak on border security and immigration enforcement. "Zero chance, It will never happen!" the president added.

It's unclear in what fever dream Trump witnessed ICE's liberation of town after town from the clutches of MS-13, but ICE's competency is not in dispute: they have none.

Former Vice President Joe Biden voted as a senator from DE for the 2002 law - the Homeland Security Act - that paved the way for ICE to replace the Immigration and Naturalization Service.