Published: Sun, July 01, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Some Democrats with eye on 2020: 'Abolish ICE'

Some Democrats with eye on 2020: 'Abolish ICE'

As protesters across the country today demand that children be reunited with their families on the southwest USA border, President Donald Trump defended the work of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). "Zero chance, It will never happen!"

Trump's decision to pursue a policy of charging all undocumented adults who illegally cross into the USA with criminal charges resulted in the separation of over 2,300 children from their parents, and while the president has since halted the family separations amid outcry, the question remains about how the vast majority of children will be reunited with their parents.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) became the first sitting senator to come out in favor of abolishing Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Thursday night.

This week, Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., said he plans to introduce legislation to eliminate the agency. Fresh off her defeat of powerful incumbent Congressman Joseph Crowley, leftist candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez - who was backed by the Democratic Socialists of America - has made abolishing ICE a chief talking point of her campaign.

At the Working Families Party, Stamp said she sees the activists taking a position that "offers space" to other Democrats activists who won't agree with them.

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Jayapal told KIRO Radio that Thursday's event was one of many demonstrations planned to protest the immigration policies. Celebrities including Susan Sarandon were among the group of protestors.

"Right before ICE was established - which is a new agency, It's only been established in the last many years - there was enforcement of immigration laws".

"Well I hope they keep thinking about it".

"Instead of being insulted with politically-motivated attacks, the men and women of ICE should be praised for risking life and limb every day in the name of national security and public safety", Johnson said. The debate over the agency's future follows the widespread outcry in recent weeks after the Trump administration separated more than 2,000 migrant children from their parents. Of those detained, 17 had criminal convictions and 14 had were previously released from Philadelphia County custody, despite having an ICE detainer lodged against them.

ICE has been in the center of the storm over family separations at the border.

"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. But local organizers are shouldering on-the-ground planning, many of them women relying on informal networks established during worldwide women's marches on Trump's inauguration and its anniversary.

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