New York Mayor Bill de Blasio Calls to Abolish ICE - Brandon Ross

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio Calls to Abolish ICE - Brandon Ross

Mayor Bill de Blasio on Friday joined the growing list of Democrats who've publicly signaled their support for abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement, calling the agency a "punitive, negative tool for division" that is "no longer acceptable".

In a series of tweets, Trump praised the agency as "one of the smartest, toughest and most spirited law enforcement groups of men and women that I have ever seen". According to Trump, the abolition of ICE "will never happen".

Calls to abolish ICE had previously been limited to certain groups on the left, but the idea has gained traction among mainstream Democrats in recent days and has quickly become a de-facto litmus test of a politician's progressive chops.

Both Democrats' comments came after Tuesday's primary win by progressive, Democratic Socialist candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez over Democratic incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley for New York's 14th congressional district. The back of her jacket said, "I really don't care, do U?" and it became a rallying cry for protesters Saturday. "I don't think ICE today is working as intended", she said, to Cuomo's apparent surprise.

Pocan said that shift decreases the confidence of local communities in which ICE must work.

"We went up to [Capitol] Hill several months ago and told them what the loopholes were about the Flores settlement agreement", he said, referring to a 1997 law about establishing government standards for immigrant detention.

"I think their priority right now is to get us off the ICE property so that the ICE building can continue to function, get people going in and out", Dorfman said.

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He has been the acting deputy commissioner at Customs and Border Protection, ICE's sister immigration law enforcement agency, where he's overseen initial construction of Mr. Trump's border wall.

As a result, children were separated from their families and held first in "processing centers", then in shelters.

Singer John Legend serenaded the crowd and Democratic politicians who have clashed with Trump had strong words for the president, including U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters who called for his impeachment.

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.

Protestor Peter Dichter said, "Is it a realistic goal to demand the abolishment of the entire agency?"

He was giving an interview to CBS earlier this week when two agents from the Department of Homeland Security inspector general's office showed up at his door.

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