Senator calls to eliminate ICE

Jul 05, 2018, 06:42
Senator calls to eliminate ICE

President Donald Trump took to Twitter Saturday morning to attack Democrats over increased calls among the left ranks of the party for U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement to be eliminated.

The change spurred criticism from attorneys who represent detained immigrant New Yorkers, who say it's a "direct attack" on their clients' rights and that ICE needs to go back to in-person hearings.

Ocasio-Cortez, who is part of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, has made the abolition of ICE a central pillar of her candidacy.

The protest followed widespread outcry over the Trump administration's so-called "zero tolerance" policy toward illegal immigration, which had led to the separation of children from their families at the U.S. -Mexico border.

Almost 540 children have been reunited, according to the USA government.

ICE's statement on today said, "Due to attempts by certain groups to disrupt ICE operations through spreading misinformation and advocating violence against ICE employees, ICE chose to suspend transport of detainees for the foreseeable future".

"The Democrats are making a strong push to abolish ICE, one of the smartest, toughest and most spirited law enforcement groups of men and women that I have ever seen", Trump tweeted from his private golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey. "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".

Within the agency, more than a dozen agents have signed a letter calling on Department of Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to dissolve the agency and roll its responsibilities into another bureau. The HSI agents said their independence as investigators has been questioned and the two teams compete for resources. The agents work for the division of ICE that investigates national security threats, and conducts criminal investigations.