Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) is now hammering out legislation to abolish the agency. Ocasio-Cortez is a self-described "democratic-socialist", who ran on abolishing ICE. "Its aggressiveness has made it no longer able to work in communities".
Though other Democrats, including party leaders in the Senate and House, have not gone that far in their criticism, the debate over ICE has thrust an agency with 20,000 employees into the public spotlight after years of whiplash over the scope of its central mission since its founding in 2003.
There, people held American and Texas flags and signs depicting a migrant father, mother and child as the Holy Family with haloed heads travelling through the desert. After a brief update on the June 28 mass shooting at an Annapolis, MD, newspaper, Tucker Carlson - who uses his platform to promote white nationalism - opened his show by denouncing #AbolishICE as an "ideological revolution on the left" and fearmongering about the criminals and drugs that he claimed would flood the country without ICE.
A protester faces down federal authorities outside Portland's Immigration and Customs Enforcement headquarters early Thursday. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) have in common with almost 20 U.S.
Federal officials had warned protesters that parts of the camp blocking entry to and exit from the building were in violation of the law, having issued notices in the days before the clearing effort.
Eighty-year-olds with "Abolish ICE" pins on their walkers joined families with babies in strollers in the "Families Belong Together" march, which started in Foley Square, the site of New York Immigration Court, and crossed Brooklyn Bridge to Cadman Plaza, near the federal courthouse.
Homan said Gillibrand fails to mention that ICE has arrested 5,000 criminal aliens in New York City and protects the state's northern border against opioid trafficking and cross-border crime. She said she was anxious about the children taken from their families, and their parents left without knowing how to find them.
"It's upsetting. Families being separated, children in cages", said Emilia Ramos, a cleaner in the district, fighting tears at the rally. Dozens of people shut down a government meeting in MI in protest of a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to house detainees at a local jail. They're not alone. Some progressives on the Hill worry that wielding the "Abolish ICE" banner would be a political gift to Trump and his allies, and that Democrats should consider a more nuanced approach.
Pocan said his bill will be circulated for sponsors once it's fully drafted. "I know people aren't sympathetic to deportation officers, but they have a rough time with this too and I think more so under this administration".
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