Trump defends 'brave' ICE agents as Dems call to abolish agency

01 July, 2018, 00:32 | Author: Genevieve Gibbs
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Nineteen senior investigators at the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement (Ice) have called for the law enforcement agency, responsible for both national security investigations and deportation of undocumented migrants, to be disbanded.

Presumably, those lamentable practices include incidents like one in Kansas City, Missouri, where an ICE agent assaulted an immigration lawyer who was reuniting a child kidnapped by the Trump administration with her mother.

I'm introducing legislation that would abolish ICE and crack down on the agency's blanket directive to target and round up individuals and families.

Federal police in riot gear dismantled the Occupy camp at the Immigration and Customs Enforcement facility in Portland on Thursday, arresting seven activists and detaining two. Kirsten Gillibrand and Mayor Bill de Blasio have added their support to the cause.

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"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.

The heightened attention to ICE has also come from people like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the upset victor of a New York City primary earlier this week, who has led the calls to abolish the agency and reorganize immigration enforcement in the US. "I don't think they're going to try and tear this whole thing down".

"The Democrats are making a strong push to abolish ICE, one of the smartest, toughest and most spirited law enforcement groups of men and women that I have ever seen", Trump posted at 7:07 am.

Robert Sperling, Federal Protective Service spokesman, said he didn't know of any "formal" arrests as of about 5:40 a.m.

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A banner reading "Abolish ICE" is displayed as immigrant rights advocates pitch their tents for an encampment outside the ICE offices in downtown Los Angeles, California on June 28, 2018, joining similar movements outside ICE offices in Portland and New York City.

Efforts to further escalate the fight beyond the electoral realm are already in motion. "I'm here for the long haul", she said.

"It has to be a unified front (in response to ICE)", Bermudez said, "because like when you have people chanting on the street, 'You will not replace us, ' they're not just talking about Jews".

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