Calls grow to abolish USA immigration agency

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A loose but emerging coalition of politicians, activists and pro-immigrant protesters has deployed posters and slogans in its calls for the dismantling of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which critics say has treated some would-be immigrants cruelly and unfairly.

"The Democrats are making a strong push to abolish ICE, one of the smartest, toughest and most spirited law enforcement groups of men and women that I have ever seen".

Trump, in a pair of Twitter messages on Saturday morning ahead of the announcement, accused Democrats of wanting to abolish the agency - a handful do, and want a new agency in its place - and following that, "all police", and concluded, "Zero chance".

He said the border patrol not ICE is responsible for separating families at the border, noting the two are separate agencies.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of NY said Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, has "become a deportation force", telling CNN late Thursday "you should get rid of it, start over, reimagine it and build something that actually works".

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On Capitol Hill, Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin is now working with fellow Democratic Reps.

In New York, far-left primary challenger and ICE opponent Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's shocked the party's establishment by beating Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y.

"It's important for this administration to know that these policies that rip apart families - that treat people as less than human, like they're vermin - are not the way of God, they are not the law of love", said the Rev. Julie Hoplamazian, an Episcopal priest marching in Brooklyn. "I think "Abolish ICE" is where it is today because of her leadership".

"Based on the last week, Democrats apparently want to campaign on open borders, mass migration, & abolishing ICE", Sen.

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Trump signed an executive order earlier this month that aims to end the family separations while still enforcing a "zero tolerance" policy.

An Inspector General's report published this week by the Department of Homeland Security, the federal agency in which ICE is housed, found that ICE does an inadequate job of inspecting and maintaining its facilities, and fails to correct poor practices. "I have literally never seen Americans show up for immigrants like this", Jess Morales Rocketto, political director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance, said.

Five people were arrested Saturday outside the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement building in Dallas, police say. Elizabeth Warren, called for ICE to be abolished during protests over the weekend. Cortez was among the more vocal candidates calling for ICE to be shut down. He urged ICE agents to "not worry or lose your spirit".

This aide said the party should focus on "the cruelty of the actions around family separations and some of the ridiculous tactics used by ICE to bully state and local governments" to comply with federal immigration detainers.

Cornell Law School immigration professor Stephen Yale-Loehr said it was "extremely unlikely" that Congress will do away with ICE.

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