President Donald Trump said he thinks Democrats will lose future elections if they run on a platform of abolishing U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, as more liberals join the progressive call to dismantle the agency.
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".
"I believe that it has become a deportation force, and I think you should separate the criminal justice from the immigration issues and I think you should re-imagine ice under a new agency with a very different mission and take those two missions out", Sen. 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.
But, while it was unlikely to gain much traction on the right, Trump on Saturday backed ICE agents and said there was "zero chance" of ICE being abolished.
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.
"I get calls regularly", Marin said earlier this month. But local organizers are shouldering on-the-ground planning, many of them women relying on informal networks established during worldwide women's marches on Trump's inauguration and its anniversary.
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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.
Homan's retirement comes as the administration faces an worldwide backlash over a policy that has separated parents and children caught crossing the border without documentation, and reunite those families.
"Because of (ICE's) reputation, no one wants to talk to them because they are afraid they are going to be deported", he said. "They are great!" he tweeted. Cortez was among the more vocal candidates calling for ICE to be shut down.
In major cities and tiny towns, hundreds of thousands of marchers gathered Saturday across America, moved by accounts of children separated from their parents at the U.S. -Mexico border, in the latest act of mass resistance against President Donald Trump's immigration policies. "We should abolish ICE", de Blasio commented Friday morning while being hosted by WNYC radio. "You are doing a fantastic job of keeping us safe by eradicating the worst criminal elements", he said.
At the Working Families Party, Stamp said she sees the activists taking a position that "offers space" to other Democrats activists know won't agree with them.
The growing anger directed at the agency prompted Trump to call out on Twitter what he described as "shameless attacks on our courageous law enforcement officers". "The radical left Dems want you out".
"I think if you abolish ICE as it is as an executive agency, it reflects the policies of the White House, of the President", she said.