Kirsten Gillibrand becomes first senator to call for abolishing ICE

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Anti-Trump and anti-ICE rhetoric has drastically grown from Democrats, including NY gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, who labeled ICE as a "terrorist organization" and called for the abolishment of the agency altogether. On Tuesday, upstart progressive candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old middle class Latina from the Bronx, shocked the political world by unseating longtime Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in a NY primary.

Johnson said that "recent calls to abolish ICE are dangerously misguided and overlook the vital work that ICE officers and special agents perform each day". But calls to shut down the agency are coming from progressive Democratic House candidates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York, Deb Haaland in New Mexico and Matt Haggman in Florida.

Schwab also defended ICE agents during an interview on "The Van Jones Show", which airs at 7 p.m., ET, on Sunday, saying, "These are parents themselves. We're doing what you told us to do". The retirement of Thomas D. Homan, who had been acting as chief of ICE, became effective Saturday.

Some key Democratic lawmakers who are possibly eyeing a 2020 presidential campaign against Trump's re-election bid have called for closing ICE, which is part of the government's Homeland Security agency.

The investigators asked for ICE to be dissolved in a letter to letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, the Texas Observer reported.

"We saved 904 children through our investigations from being exploited, being raped, being molested, being filmed", he pointed out, according to the Examiner.

"To the great and courageous men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit", he continued in another tweet. "Minors were subsequently turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services who would then place them with a parent or family friend in the US until the parent who brought them into the country either had his or her charges dropped or served jail time". 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. "Abolish ICE, is it a good idea?" Detroit protesters say they had some success in hampering ICE operations when they blocked some employees from entering the building Monday morning. However, it is Customs and Border Protection - a separate division under the DHS - and not ICE, that carried out the policy, sending parents to face prosecution in federal court while their children were turned over to the Department of Health and Human Services.

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The Trump administration has often pointed to a "crisis of illegal immigration" at the us border.

But Trump, who ran on a hard-line immigration platform, eased the ICE guidelines in his first week in office as his administration declared that no groups would be broadly granted exemptions to deportation laws. "There's so much fake information out there". And I think you should reimagine ICE under a new agency with a very different mission and take those two missions out.

The departing director expressed some reservations about his retirement.

Yet other Democrats fear that such a position is fraught for the party as Trump continues to paint immigrants as unsafe to put his political rivals on the defensive.

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Homan also gave President Donald Trump accolades for being tougher on immigration and more diligent to protect US citizens than half a dozen presidents he has served under.

At that point, the conversation broke into a lot of back-and-forth between Williams and co-host Lisa Boothe over whether ICE under Trump does the same job in the same way as it did under President Obama. Vitiello's acting role officially began Saturday.

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