Kirsten Gillibrand, Bill DeBlasio Call To Abolish ICE

Kirsten Gillibrand, Bill DeBlasio Call To Abolish ICE

Kirsten Gillibrand, Bill DeBlasio Call To Abolish ICE

The calls have grown particularly loud due to ICE's separation of parents and children who crossed the border illegally due to the Trump administration's new "zero-tolerance" policy on illegal border crossings.

Fueling its sudden ascent have been a series of recent shocks to the system. Kamala Harris (D-CA) said, "We need to probably think about starting from scratch".

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old NY progressive who pulled off a stunning upset primary victory over high-ranking Rep. Joe Crowley (D-N.Y.) on Tuesday, has made ending ICE part of her platform.

What do New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio and Sen.

De Blasio said the immigration enforcement agency has been sent on "a very negative, divisive mission". Calls for its dissolution, once rare, are spreading.

The agents work in ICE's Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) unit, which focuses on crimes including drug trafficking, human smuggling, and child pornography. Concerns over the public backlash to actions by the Enforcement and Removal Operations division were, they wrote, making HSI's work impossible.

Amid outrage over Trump's draconian immigration policies, some prominent Democratic figures have joined calls to abolish ICE, which was established in 2003. Pramila Jayapal of Washington state and Adriano Espaillat of NY on legislation to eliminate the agency.

This is a stunning & unsurprising indictment of Trump's claimed objective behind the crackdown on "illegal immigration". If you get rid of it, then what?

Leading progressives, like Sens.

"Even the cops don't like us anymore because they're listening to the news also", said an ICE agent who the Times allowed to remain anoymous.

The ICE facility has been closed since Wednesday, June 20 after the protest group, calling themselves Occupy ICE PDX, set up camp with the goal of shutting down the immigration enforcement agency.

In May, ICE conducted a weeklong enforcement operation targeting criminal aliens throughout Philadelphia that resulted 49 arrests. The office had been closed for more than a week because of an occupation by activists. Kirsten Gillibrand and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old socialist who surprisingly won a House primary this week.

"Well I hope they keep thinking about it, because they're going to get beaten so badly", Trump told Fox Business' Maria Bartiromo in an interview excerpt released Saturday. "I'm here for the long haul", she said.

Protests have already begun to grow in size and frequency.

Philadelphia City Council member Helen Gym recorded and tweeted out video of the scenes.

She likened the situation to what followed the white supremacist rallies last summer in Charlottesville, Virginia. "We said, you can fix this".

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