The movement to 'Abolish ICE' is heating up -- and going mainstream

01 July, 2018, 09:02 | Author: Mable Gonzales
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Multiple candidates for prominent elected positions have endorsed the movement, including New York congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic Socialist who ran on the issue leading up to her upset primary win over Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY).

President Donald Trump fired off several tweets Saturday morning showing his support for the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE), calling it "one of the smartest, toughest, and most spirited law enforcement groups".

"We came to the United States seeking help, and we never imagined that this could happen".

JACOB BUREROS: Is the complete abolishment of ICE.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY said Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, has "become a deportation force", telling CNN late Thursday "you should get rid of it, start over, re-imagine it and build something that actually works".

U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan claims the agency's practices under Republican President Donald Trump's administration have indelibly tarnished its reputation.

What do New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio and Sen.

"I'm not a radical, and I'm not an activist", said Kate Sharaf, a Portland co-organizer. "So fearless! The radical left Dems want you out. I don't think ICE today is working as intended", she said, to Cuomo's apparent surprise. "Even if they don't say 'abolish ICE, ' they can't not address it". "They are escaping conditions that us imperialism caused".

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Immigrant advocacy groups say they're thrilled - and surprised - to see the issue gaining traction among those not tied to immigration.

"The mistreatment of immigrant children and families is one of the most urgent crises we face", Gillibrand said in a statement announcing the new position.

But, while it was unlikely to gain much traction on the right, Trump on Saturday backed ICE agents and said there was "zero chance" of ICE being abolished. She added, "Instead of being insulted with politically-motivated attacks, the men and women of ICE should be praised for risking life and limb every day in the name of national security and public safety".

TAMEEM FRUCTER: ICE is enacting this unacceptable violence on families, on children, on human beings.

Ocasio-Cortez has made abolishing ICE a core campaign promise.

Many anti-Trump activists, who are driving the Twitter hashtag #abolishICE, have celebrated the moves by Gillibrand, Harris and others.

During my trip to the southern border, it was clear that ICE, and its actions of hunting down and tearing apart families, has wreaked havoc on far too many people.

Homeland Security Investigations, which includes more than 6,000 agents, describes itself as an investigative arm of the Department of Homeland Security and a vital asset in "combating criminal organizations illegally exploiting America's travel, trade, financial and immigration systems".

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