Protesters flood U.S. cities to fight Trump immigration policy

Protesters flood U.S. cities to fight Trump immigration policy

Democrats considering a presidential run in 2020 are joining the calls to overhaul US immigration enforcement - and some of them are even echoing activists" calls to "abolish ICE'.

Trump, however, in repeated tweets has defended the agency, saying Saturday, "To the great and courageous men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit". Zero chance, It will never happen!'

Trump added that Democrats would be "beaten so badly" if they campaign on the issue, and he said in a tweet that without ICE, "crime would be rampant and uncontrollable".

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".

The Trump administration's crackdown on immigration has prompted some Democrats and activists on the left to call for ICE to be abolished.

Immigration attorney Linda Rivas said groups have met with US authorities, congressional representatives and other leaders to discuss an escalating immigration crackdown that they say began decades ago. "I did nothing wrong", he said.

Ocasio-Cortez is a self-described "democratic-socialist", who ran on abolishing ICE.

Discussion over eliminating the agency has ramped up this week and, in some cases, is being linked to border issues and the separation of immigrant children from their families.

Tyler Houlton, a spokesman for the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, welcomed interest in the immigration system and said only Congress has the power to change the law.

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"Because of (ICE's) reputation, no one wants to talk to them because they are afraid they are going to be deported", he said.

Vitiello "brings to ICE the vision and leadership needed to continue the exceptional work the agency is doing to accomplish its crucial national security and public safety missions", Nielsen said in a statement. They carried signs with slogans like "We are all immigrants" as they chanted "Love, not hate, makes America great".

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently stated, "The president often says a country without borders, is not a country". "Even if they don't say 'abolish ICE, ' they can't not address it".

Trump told ICE officials to "not worry or lose spirit" despite protests about the administration's immigration policies.

He wrote in another tweet: "To the great and fearless men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit". 'So courageous! The radical left Dems want you out.

During my trip to the southern border, it was clear that ICE, and its actions of hunting down and tearing apart families, has wreaked havoc on far too many people.

John Sandweg, who served as acting ICE director in the Obama administration, said the fierce criticism of ICE risked further harming morale in an agency made up largely of employees who are trying to enforce the laws without a political agenda.

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.

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