Mayor de Blasio joins protesters in call to abolish ICE

Homeland Security police officers are trying to re-open Thursday an ICE facility in Portland Ore. that was shut down by protesters

Trump took to Twitter on Saturday morning to show his support for Immigration and Customs Enforcement amid calls from some Democrats for major changes to immigration enforcement.

In a following tweet, he says abolition will "never happen!"

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY said Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, has "become a deportation force" and wants to get rid of it and start over.

Sen. Kirsten GillibrandKirsten Elizabeth GillibrandICE chief to protesters: We're not the ones separating families Another Dem lawmaker calls to abolish ICE Lawmakers take immigration battle to ballot box MORE (D-N.Y.) on Thursday became the first sitting senator to call for ICE to be abolished, saying it has become "a deportation force".

Her comments follow similar sentiments expressed by Sen.

Rep. Mark Pocan, Wisconsin Democrat, said he will introduce legislation to abolish the agency.

"It's important for this administration to know that these policies that rip apart families - that treat people as less than human, like they're vermin - are not the way of God, they are not the law of love", said the Rev. Julie Hoplamazian, an Episcopal priest marching in Brooklyn, whose own grandparents fled to the US during the Armenian genocide.

"The Democratic Party had a reckoning about the crime bill, financial deregulation and about welfare reform, but it never really had a reckoning about their complicity in creating both the intellectual framework for this sort of policy", said Sean McElwee, a leading activist in the anti-ICE movement and early supporter of Ocasio-Cortez's campaign.

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Since the zero tolerance policy was implemented, 2,300 migrant children have been separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border.

ICE is made up of two sub-agencies: HSI (Homeland Security Investigations) and ERO (Enforcement and Removal Operations).

Trump argued that if 'you get rid of ICE you're going to have a county where you're afraid to walk out of your house'.

Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen on Saturday announced Ronald Vitiello, who has been serving as the acting deputy commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, would take the top gig at ICE. Cortez was among the more vocal candidates calling for ICE to be shut down. They're not alone. Some progressives on the Hill worry that wielding the "Abolish ICE" banner would be a political gift to Trump and his allies, and that Democrats should consider a more nuanced approach.

Mr. Trump has tweeted that Republicans are "wasting their time on immigration" and should wait until after the midterm elections to find a legislative fix. "The radical left Dems want you out".

An estimated 30,000 protesters marched from Manhattan to Brooklyn with pins and signs that read, "Abolish ICE", joining more than 700 other rallies across the United States organized by the Families Belong Together-Freedom for Immigrants March.

At the Working Families Party, Stamp said she sees the activists taking a position that "offers space" to other Democrats activists know won't agree with them. ICE is not reasonable law enforcement.

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