Published: Wed, July 04, 2018
Worldwide | By Stella Potter

Mayor de Blasio joins protesters in call to abolish ICE

Mayor de Blasio joins protesters in call to abolish ICE

As the Trump administration is stepping up mass deportations, separating families at the U.S. -Mexico border, and interning immigrant children in cages, calls to abolish ICE have spread from a grass-roots Twitter phenomenon to the political mainstream. According to Trump, the abolition of ICE "will never happen".

"We went up to [Capitol] Hill several months ago and told them what the loopholes were about the Flores settlement agreement", he said, referring to a 1997 law about establishing government standards for immigrant detention.

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) even vowed to introduce a bill to Congress that would abolish ICE.

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic socialist candidate who achieved a shocking win Tuesday over Rep. Joe Crowley in the New York Democratic primary, touted the abolition of ICE as a key platform in her campaign. "I think you should reimagine ICE under a new agency with a very different mission and take those two missions out".

"I don't think ICE today is working as intended".

The Trump administration's crackdown on immigration has prompted some Democrats and activists on the left to call for ICE to be abolished.

The president's latest pro-ICE comments come as the movement to abolish the agency have reached it's most popular point yet. "ICE will continue conducting operations to execute its mission and bring to justice those subjects who jeopardize the sanctity of our immigration laws and the safety of our citizens", said Gregory Brawley, director of ICE's Enforcement and Removal Operations field office in Philadelphia.

"But what I think it allows us to do is talk about the facts", he said.

The Democratic calls to scrap the agency underscore the balancing act the party is facing on immigration issues.

She was followed by Sen. "I love that issue if they're going to actually do that". While some Democrats like Alexandria Oscasio-Cortez have suggested dissolving ICE, others have simply suggested that the duties given to ICE be reviewed and made more inline with the original goal of the agency, post 9/11.

"It has to be a unified front (in response to ICE)", Bermudez said, "because like when you have people chanting on the street, 'You will not replace us, ' they're not just talking about Jews".

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