Donald Trump slams Democrats' push to abolish ICE

Posted July 02, 2018

The president took to Twitter amid the protests, first to show his support for Immigration and Customs Enforcement as some Democrats called for major changes to the agency.

Across the nation, ICE has never seemed more visible as anger continues over the separation of families under the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy.

Trump added that Democrats would be "beaten so badly" if they campaign on the issue, and he said in a tweet that without ICE, "crime would be rampant and uncontrollable".

Gillibrand told CNN on Thursday that ICE "has become a deportation force".

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One Democratic aide in the House, who was not authorised to speak on the record, called proposals to abolish ICE "stupid" and said the strategy would "play right into Trump's hands". Among them were Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old Democratic socialist who upset Congressman Joseph Crowley, in a primary election, and senators Kirsten Gillibrand and Elizabeth Warren.

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Tom Homan said Democrats need to get their facts straight before protesting and calling for an end to the agency, in an interview Friday.

"Well, I hope they keep thinking about it", Trump said.

More than 700 planned marches drew hundreds of thousands of people across the country, from immigrant-friendly cities like NY and Los Angeles to conservative Appalachia and in to the front lawn of a Border Patrol station in McAllen, Texas, near a detention centre where migrant children were being held in cages.

A week ago, Trump signed an order ending the separation of families, but some 2,000 children have yet to be reunited with family members, and immigration lawyers say the process of doing so will be long and chaotic.

"Because of (ICE's) reputation, no one wants to talk to them because they are afraid they are going to be deported", he said.

Republican politicians and attendant strategists seem to be welcoming this latest shift in the Democratic party paradigm, sensing that it may cause further internal fracture as well as form as a winning wedge for them with American voters, particularly those voters living outside of strong blue enclaves such as California and NY.

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The Department of Homeland Security says Ronald D. Vitiello will serve as deputy director of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement and also take on the role of ICE's acting director.

Thousands of protesters marched from Downtown Manhattan to Brooklyn on Saturday in support of migrant families who were separated when they entered the country illegally or seeking asylum. "The radical left Dems want you out".

Homan also said he's insulted by the number of Democrats who are painting the hard working men and women of ICE in a negative light. "'Oh, you guys are just separating families'". "Do not worry or lose your spirit", Trump told ICE agents.

Nielsen said that under "his exceptional leadership, the men and women of ICE have made significant progress in restoring the rule of law to our immigration system and countering criminals such as human smugglers and those attempting to exploit children".

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