Trump Rejects Calls To Abolish ICE: 'Zero Chance, It Will Never Happen!'

Geneva Stokes
July 2, 2018

Numerous marchers also joined recent calls to abolish and replace Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal agency at the center of the "zero-tolerance" policy.

In a series of tweets, Trump praised the agency as "one of the smartest, toughest and most spirited law enforcement groups of men and women that I have ever seen". Zero chance, It will never happen!'

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". Meanwhile, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's stance that ICE should be abolished has gained prominence since her longshot victory in Tuesday's Democratic congressional primary over U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley in NY.

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-WI) is now hammering out legislation to abolish the agency. Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who beat Rep. Joe Crowley in New York's Democratic primary, ran on a platform that called for the abolition of ICE. "They can't collect and gather information to go after people who are truly problems".

Though seasoned anti-Trump demonstrators packed the rallies, others were new to activism, including parents who said they felt compelled to act after heart-wrenching accounts of families who were torn apart.

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.

ICE is made up of two sub-agencies: HSI (Homeland Security Investigations) and ERO (Enforcement and Removal Operations).

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The focus was on the roughly 2,000 children who have been separated from their families under President Trump's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy. Asked on CNN about her proposal to abolish ICE, Gillibrand said "I don't think ICE today is working as intended".

He later tweeted that he never pushed House Republicans to vote for immigration overhaul measures that failed last week, contradicting a post three days ago in which he urged GOP congressional members to pass them.

Right-wing activists with the group Patriot Prayer also have a permit to march later in the day Saturday and the Portland Police Bureau said Friday they planned to have a heavy police presence. "You are doing a fantastic job of keeping us safe by eradicating the worst criminal elements", he said.

'To the great and fearless men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., "believes that ICE has been on the wrong end of far too many inhumane and unconstitutional practices to be allowed to continue without an immediate and fundamental overhaul", said her spokesman, Drew Hammill.

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Cornell Law School immigration professor Stephen Yale-Loehr said it was "extremely unlikely" that Congress will do away with ICE. "No family jails", said another.

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