Kirsten Gillibrand Becomes FIRST SENATOR to Call for Abolishment of ICE

Hannah Rogers
July 1, 2018

A banner reading "Abolish ICE" is displayed as immigrant rights advocates pitch their tents for an encampment outside the ICE offices in downtown Los Angeles, California on June 28, 2018, joining similar movements outside ICE offices in Portland and New York City.

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 came to the United States seeking help, and we never imagined that this could happen".

"Yes Mr Mayor, #AbolishICE, but ALSO abolish your unsafe effort to deny legal representation to many immigrants across NY", tweeted Councilman Carlos Menchaca.

Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) became the first USA senator to join the growing ranks of progressives who want to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) endorsed abolishing ICE, and Sen.

Since the Portland Occupy ICE encampment popped up here, tent cities like it have arisen near ICE buildings in larger cities, such as NY and Los Angeles.

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On his last day on the job, Acting ICE Director Thomas Homan pushed back Friday on the the calls from the left to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement. "I don't think ICE today is working as intended", she said. "Even if they don't say 'abolish ICE, ' they can't not address it". "And the fact that they operate without the accountability of the Department of Justice is extremely concerning to us all", Ocasio-Cortez told The Intercept.

Hundreds of people took part in the "Families Belong Together" march on Saturday, demanding an end to family separations at the border and the Trump administration's "zero tolerance" policy on immigration. From conducting raids at garden centers and meatpacking plants, to breaking up families at churches and schools, ICE is tearing apart families and ripping at the moral fabric of our nation.

"Well I hope they keep thinking about it". This month, WikiLeaks published the identities and information of more than 9,000 supposed current and former ICE employees.

"We're going to maintain a presence there and ensure the safety and security of the facility", he said.

The agency is under mounting pressure amid a string of recent developments that have put ICE in a less-than-flattering light.

"Some of these unsafe individuals had been released to the streets instead of being turned over to ICE on our detainers, which compromises the safety of the homeland that ICE officers strive to protect every day".

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