It was unclear which towns Trump was referring to, and neither the White House nor ICE immediately responded to requests for clarification Saturday.
Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced that Ronald D. Vitiello, a former top Border Patrol official, would take over as acting chief.
Abolishing ICE might be popular among the radical Left, but it is a platform unlikely to win votes among the majority of hard-working Americans.
Gillibrand called for an all-out elimination of ICE.
The tweets were posted Saturday morning, just as thousands of people across the United States gathered to march in protest over immigration policies that have led to the separation of more than 2,000 children from their parents. "And these are the ones - you get rid of ICE you're going to have a country that you're going to be afraid to walk out of your house", he added.
In the Times story, ICE agents complain that people are calling the police on them as they try to operate-or even when they try to get coffee in the city. Kirstin Gillibrand of NY, who told CNN shortly after the June 26 primary, "I don't think ICE today is working as intended. I believe that it has become a deportation force". They also wrote that "the perception of HSI's investigative independence is unnecessarily impacted by the political nature" of ICE's immigration enforcement.
Whatever one may think of Trump's policy of "zero tolerance" of immigrants who break into our country, for elites to smear the 20,000 men and women who risk their lives to keep us safe, as "terrorists" and "fascists", is an especially egregious form of liberal ingratitude. Trump last week issued an executive order that would end the practice of separating families alleged to have entered the country illegally and replace it with the detention of children with their parents until the end of their immigration proceedings. Among them were Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old who upset Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y., in a primary election Tuesday, and Sens.
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. "And we need to build into any new structure the ability for ICE as an agency or whatever the new agency is, to be accountable back to congress".
On CNN, Sen. Tammy Duckworth, D-Ill., said on Sunday: "I think there's a lot of other things we can do before we get to that point, first of which, which is you have got someone in the White House who has these policies which are horrendous, which he still hasn't fixed".