Prominent Democrats with eye on 2020 call to 'Abolish ICE'

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"I believe that [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] has become a deportation force ... and that's why I believe you should get rid of it, start over, reimagine it and build something that actually works", said the Senator. "It stokes fear. It has to go".

The recent calls for a total abolition of ICE have come from Democratic faithful such as Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, and former New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio, hot on the heels of an initial suggestion put forward by underdog political newcomer Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.

The separation of more than 2,000 children from their parents and guardians at the U.S. -Mexico border has sparked worldwide outrage and growing calls in the United States for the abolition of the immigration agency on the front lines of the dispute.

The analysis found that during the first full 14 months of the Trump administration, 69 percent of undocumented immigrants arrested by ICE agents had a criminal record.

Officers moved in on the encampment of Occupy ICE PDX demonstrators at about 5:30 a.m. PT, the United States attorney's office in OR said. But since Vitiello comes from a different agency, it's likely that federal law would prevent him from serving in the role in an acting capacity while also nominated to the Senate for the permanent position.

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"Many jurisdictions continue to refuse to work with (Homeland Security investigators) because of a perceived linkage to the politics of civil immigration", the special agents in charge wrote.

Tom Homan no longer leads U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

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"To the great and courageous men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit." he wrote in a follow-up tweet.

Trump tweeted his support of the agency Saturday morning and said there was a "zero chance" the agency would be abolished.

ROSE: At a time like this, Robinette says, it's even more important for agents to focus on their mission.

The activists pushing for ICE abolition, meanwhile, said they aren't anxious about potential blowback or any difficulties for Democrats facing more conservative voters, including those potentially swayed by Trump's repeated charges that Democrats favor "open borders".

An ICE spokesman could not be reached for comment on this story, but during a stop in North Dakota this week, Trump warned that if ICE were eliminated, the country would be "overrun with the worst criminal elements you have ever seen".

"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.

"I'm here because I'm disgusted, outraged, and frightened by our government", Lisa Zieger, a 66-year-old Newark resident, said.

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