Published: Sat, July 07, 2018
World News | By Joan Terry

Bernie Sanders Calls for Restructuring ICE Amid Child Separation Backlash

Bernie Sanders Calls for Restructuring ICE Amid Child Separation Backlash

"Bernie calls for abolishing our entire immigration system, which is honestly way further to the left than exclusively abolishing ICE", Max Rivlin-Nadler, immigration and criminal justice reporter for The Appeal, argued in response to Sanders" statement.

A new U.S. poll released on Tuesday found that nearly half of respondents thought President Donald Trump was racist.

He stopped short of calling for the agency to be fully abolished, a proposal that has gained steam among advocates and lawmakers on the left.

The CAPS survey also found that 61 percent of those interviewed believe President Donald Trump is responsible for family separations, while 39 percent blame parents or other adults bringing children into the country illegally.

Trump is responding to calls from some Democrats to abolish the agency charged with detaining and deporting unauthorized immigrants.

Potential 2020 presidential hopefuls are joining the bandwagon. Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand, D-NY.as well as New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio and New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon as "reckless" in their rhetoric on abolishing ICE. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) indicated an openness to abolishing ICE and starting from scratch but have been hesitant to fully embrace the idea. That changed after self-described socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated NY incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley last month in a Democrat primary.

Asked why the administration bore no blame for the separations - which followed Trump's decision to adopt a "zero tolerance" policy toward illegal immigrants, Azar laid the blame on the migrant parents.

The common vein running through the Nutter and Kenney administrations is "Occupy", the catch-all descriptor for many progressive-led protests throughout the country.

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But last month, Trump reversed course and signed an executive order to keep families together. "So abolishing ICE isn't realistic and doesn't make any sense". That was the right vote. "So whether you want ICE to do it or you want to go back to Immigration and Naturalization Services, whether you want the Federal Bureau of Investigation to do that - someone is going to enforce our federal immigration laws in this country", O'Rourke continued.

She was referring to a federal law, also enforced by President Obama, in which children are temporarily separated from adults who are jailed while under prosecution for entering the country illegally.

Calls to abolish ICE have grown among Democrats nationally but the movement has limits, as illustrated by two Florida incumbents seeking re-election. Although Warren and Gillibrand sided with the "Abolish ICE" push, California Sen.

"Law Enforcement at the Border is doing a great job, but the laws they are forced to work with are insane", Trump tweeted.

The Democratic calls to scrap the agency underscore the balancing act the party is facing on immigration issues.

"From campaign to election, this president has spewed the language of division and hate and it has manifested in not only racist policies but in racists acts against people of colour and other groups", NAACP president and CEO Derrick Johnson said.

Leahy argued that the Trump administration has directed the agencies to act outside of their mission.

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