Kirsten Gillibrand's remarks in a CNN interview on Thursday. "I believe that it has become a deportation force, and I think you should separate the criminal justice from the immigration issues", Gillibrand, a potential 2020 presidential contender, said on "Cuomo PrimeTime". "ICE has lost trust".
His tweets follow Democratic Sen.
Last week, ICE temporarily closed its Portland field offices after demonstrators had pitched tents in front of the facility to protest the Trump administration's policy to criminally prosecute anyone who crosses the border illegally.
On Monday, Wisconsin Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin introduced the first-ever bill to abolish the immigration enforcement agency.
The issue is getting traction after this week's surprise upset by 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who made "Abolish ICE" a central tenet of her campaign against Rep. Joe Crowley, who had been the king of Queens. "I don't think ICE today is working as intended", she said, to Cuomo's apparent surprise. "HSI's investigations have been perceived as targeting undocumented aliens, instead of the transnational criminal organizations that facilitate cross border crimes impacting our communities and national security", wrote 19 special agents in charge, adding that "the perception of HSI's investigative independence is unnecessarily impacted by the political nature" of immigration enforcement. "We need to abolish ICE, start over and build something that actually works".
Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-WA), who was among a group of roughly 600 people arrested this week following a protest inside the Hart Senate Office Building in Washington, DC, appeared on CNN's this morning and explained why ICE as it now exists is untenable.
"It's much more aggressive in who it's going after throughout the country", said the Democrat whose district includes Iowa and Lafayette counties. ICE's time has come and gone; it is broken.
In a couple of weekend tweets, Trump praised ICE as "one of the smartest, toughest and most spirited law enforcement groups" and said there's "Zero chance" that the border security agency will be abolished.
"We give them room to talk about better immigration policy", she said, comparing the circumstances to the civil rights movement, when Martin Luther King Jr., was viewed more favorably by white power brokers than more strident leaders like Malcolm X. However, it is Customs and Border Protection, a separate division under DHS, that carried out the policy, sending parents to face prosecution at federal courthouses while their children were turned over to Health and Human Services.