'We will never abolish ICE': Pence says to staff at ICE HQ

Posted July 07, 2018

U.S. Customs and Border Protection is responsible for enforcing immigration laws at the border and other ports of entry. The men and women of ICE are members of the law enforcement community.

Sen. Joe Manchin III, D-W.Va., is one of three red-state Democrats who voted past year to confirm Trump's first Supreme Court nominee, Neil Gorsuch, and who Republicans hope will support this nominee.

ICE may not be be to blame for separating families at United States borders, but the agency has always been dogged with claims of abuse.

- However, Trump's approval on his handling of immigration remains little changed since the beginning of the year, with 52 percent of registered voters saying in an ongoing Reuters/Ipsos poll that they disapprove of the way the president is handling immigration.

Pence also relayed that "a leading candidate" for governor of NY had recently referred to ICE as a "terrorist organization" - a characterization Pence called "unacceptable".

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Hader, a former division director at the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, who returned to her hometown of Auburn to run for Congress, said ICE is on "the wrong track, with the wrong focus", but said she's not sure it should be done away with. Just last month, for example, the Chamber demanded that Trump end his Administration's zero-tolerance policy at the border that split parents from their children. Kamala Harris (D., Calif.) indicated an openness to abolishing ICE and starting from scratch but have been hesitant to fully embrace the idea.

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Such rhetoric could prove unhelpful to the 10 Democratic senators seeking re-election this fall in states Trump carried in 2016, where conservative views on immigration prevail.

The Senate candidate said there are millions of immigrants in the US who are working the "crappiest jobs in this country that no person born in the United States of America is willing to take right now", and he wants them to be free from the fear of deportation.

The result was a substantial majority said illegal border crossers, and the children they brought, should be returned to home countries.

"They have a right to protest here, so we want to maintain their safety and we also want to maintain safety of public here", Deputy Commissioner Wilson said.

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Cristobal Alex, president of the Latino Victory Project, a political action group that backs pro-immigration candidates, rejected ICE as a "litmus test".

Another Trump critic, Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of NY, also called for abolition of ICE, saying, "I don't think ICE today is working as intended". But he said it's "heartening" that immigration policy in general "is at the forefront of the conversation ahead of 2020". And ICE goes in there, and sometimes they have to go in swinging. And that's a problem, many say.

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Perhaps no Trump policy has provoked more emotional reaction than the practice of separating illegal border crossers from the children they brought with them to the U.S. There's no need to recount the number of times critics have called the president a Nazi, or a fascist, or just plain cruel.

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