'Abolish ICE' is a gift to Republicans

Ronald Vitiello                        John Gibbins  The San Diego Union Tribune via AP

Penn polled the newest progressive immigration proposal, the "Abolish ICE" campaign to disband U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

"My priority is to abolish this administration's policy on immigration that separates parents from children and that denies people coming to this country to seek asylum for domestic abuse or gang violence", Cardin said. "That will mean restructuring the agencies that enforce our immigration laws, including ICE".

Whereas they used to investigate and prevent actual crime, they're now being tasked with treating every immigrant like a criminal, including the majority who pose no actual threat.

Quinnipiac reported that 60 percent of respondents, including 21 percent of Republicans and 95 percent of Democrats, think the practice of separating children from their parents at the U.S. -Mexico border was "a violation of human rights".

In January 2017, the president signed an executive order to increase the agency's staffing by 10,000 employees. "In fact, ICE doesn't operate at the borders".

Trump also tweeted that ICE is "one of the smartest, toughest and most spirited law enforcement groups of men and women that I have ever seen".

In 2011, Texas Gov. Rick Perry's White House hopes effectively came to an end when he announced during a debate: "It is three agencies of government when I get there that are gone". Kamala Harris of California has expressed similar sentiments.

"Abolish ICE" was no longer a whisper at fringe gatherings, it was now the spoken - and more often screamed - mantra of the Democratic Party.




".@SenKamalaHarris, why are you supporting the animals of MS-13?" I think they'll never win another election.

Warren posted on Facebook, writing, "The President's deeply immoral actions have made it obvious that we need to rebuild our immigration system from top to bottom, starting by replacing ICE with something that reflects our values".

"From conducting raids at garden centers, and meatpacking plants, to breaking up families at churches and schools, ICE is tearing apart families and ripping the moral fabric of our nation", he said in a statement. "We're occupying this space in support of undocumented immigrants and their families".

"It's been really tough because we have no idea what's going on in there, and we that there's a lot of injustices that have been happening", Cohen said. People should be treated with compassion and respect. Just 16 percent said cities should be prohibited from doing that.

Because of this multipart structure, even some Ice agents believe it should be abolished, although likely not in the way that activists are calling for. If there are elements that work, we can maintain and strengthen those aspects. "We are not abandoning our law enforcement, it's just the opposite", the US President said.

But after massive resistance from Democrats and Republicans, religious leaders and the business community, the president relented.

Ice was created in 2003 when the Bush administration reorganized a number of federal agencies in response to the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, and placed them under the brand new Department of Homeland Security.

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