Some Democrats with eye on 2020: 'Abolish ICE'

Some Democrats with eye on 2020: 'Abolish ICE'

Some Democrats with eye on 2020: 'Abolish ICE'

As the Trump administration is stepping up mass deportations, separating families at the U.S. -Mexico border, and interning immigrant children in cages, calls to abolish ICE have spread from a grass-roots Twitter phenomenon to the political mainstream. Zero chance, It will never happen!

The proposal was largely confined to the most progressive wings of the Democratic Party until the last two weeks, when Donald Trump's efforts to kidnap immigrant children from their homes and their parents and place them in makeshift prison camps came to light.

And Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY told CNN late Thursday 'you should get rid of it, start over, reimagine it and build something that actually works'.

Calls to "abolish ICE" are growing louder as prominent Democrats, like Sen.

The Trump administration's crackdown on immigration has prompted some Democrats and activists on the left to call for ICE to be abolished. The demonstrators included Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated the powerful Rep. Joseph Crowley in Tuesday's Democratic primary. "They can't collect and gather information to go after people who are truly problems". "And I lived through Vietnam, through Roe v. Wade", said Lisa Zieger, 66.

A week ago, Trump signed an order ending the separation of families, but some 2,000 children have yet to be reunited with family members, and immigration lawyers say the process of doing so will be long and chaotic. Thursday morning, dozens of officers in Department of Homeland Security in riot gear and began removing tents and other barriers.

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'. "We should abolish ICE", de Blasio commented Friday morning while being hosted by WNYC radio. Tweeting Saturday from New Jersey, Trump urged ICE agents to "not worry or lose your spirit" and wrote that "the radical left Dems want you out". 'So courageous! The radical left Dems want you out.

Angel Padilla, policy director at the grassroots group Indivisible, said ICE "terrorizes communities" and that Gillibrand's move "demonstrates where the progressive base is".

Republican politicians and attendant strategists seem to be welcoming this latest shift in the Democratic party paradigm, sensing that it may cause further internal fracture as well as form as a winning wedge for them with American voters, particularly those voters living outside of strong blue enclaves such as California and NY.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., "believes that ICE has been on the wrong end of far too many inhumane and unconstitutional practices to be allowed to continue without an immediate and fundamental overhaul", said her spokesman, Drew Hammill.

"The president's deeply immoral actions have made it obvious: We need to rebuild our immigration system from top to bottom, starting by replacing ICE with something that reflects our morality and that works", Warren said.

"It's upsetting. Families being separated, children in cages", said Emilia Ramos, a cleaner in the district, fighting tears at the rally.

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