President Trump attacks Democrats over increasing calls to abolish ICE

Abolish Ice

Abolish Ice

Protesters with the group Occupy ICE had been camping out in front of the facility for more than a week to call for abolishing the immigration enforcement agency in efforts to stop the deportations of people who illegally cross the USA southern border.

The agents recommend that Homeland Security dismiss the departments of ICE charged with deporting most undocumented immigrants and instead focus on their Homeland Security Investigations team, which fights cybercrime, drug smuggling and human trafficking. "ICE will continue conducting operations to execute its mission and bring to justice those subjects who jeopardize the sanctity of our immigration laws and the safety of our citizens", said Gregory Brawley, director of ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations field office in Philadelphia.

"The Democrats are making a strong push to abolish ICE, one of the smartest, toughest and most spirited law enforcement groups of men and women that I have ever seen", he said. He added that the "radical left Dems" would try to abolish all police if ICE was abolished.

In a following tweet, he says abolition will "never happen!" The policy led to hundreds of children being separated from their parents.

Amid outrage over Trump's draconian immigration policies, some prominent Democratic figures have joined calls to abolish ICE, which was established in 2003. In January 2017, the president signed an executive order to increase the agency's staffing by a further 10,000 employees.

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.

Several progressive Democratic candidates have made the abolishment of ICE a central platform of their campaigns, and a handful of incumbent Democrats have taken up the mantle as well.

"They are great!" he tweeted.

NY has been a bellwether of such calls, first started by immigrant rights advocacy groups but recently picked up by national figures such as Democratic House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, Sen.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has echoed Ocasio-Cortez, saying the agency's time "has come and gone".

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