Trump paints Democrats as 'radical left' over calls to abolish ICE

Hannah Rogers
July 3, 2018

The Trump administration's crackdown on immigration has prompted some Democrats and activists on the left to call for ICE to be abolished.

The Democrats calling for the elimination of ICE aren't obscure backbenchers.

In addition to Gillibrand, New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio also came out for abolishing ICE on Friday, telling WNYC's Brian Lehrer that "ICE's time has come and gone". "Build something that actually works".

A few other more progressive Democratic candidates have adopted the anti-ICE messaging, including Cynthia Nixon, running for NY governor, and Matt Haggman, a running for Florida's 27th congressional district. But government data show that monthly crossings along the border with Mexico are much lower than they were years ago, even though there has been a significant increase in border crossings in the past few months when compared with the same period last year.

Trump administration officials are saying crimes are connected to illegal mass-migration and human-trafficking. "Make America Great Again", as President Donald Trump tweeted.

An ICE spokesman could not be reached for comment on this story, but during a stop in North Dakota this week, Trump warned that if ICE were eliminated, the country would be "overrun with the worst criminal elements you have ever seen".

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"The radical left Dems want you out", Trump wrote in his tweet, referring to ICE. Next it will be all police. "Zero chance, It will never happen!"

CBS has identified the men as agents from the Department of Homeland Security inspector general's office. "The Republicans are already trying to move the issue in that direction".

"As U.S. Customs and Border Protection Acting Deputy Commissioner, Ron has more than 30 years of experience working in law enforcement and protecting our nation", Nielsen said in a statement.

"We are always going to need immigration enforcement". "We are a major country with major borders, so to me, the issue is what are those policies". Democrats are only slitting their own throats by advocating a move that would nearly certainly result in less security at the border, where criminal gangs and drug cartels are operating with impunity.

The newly written letter, explains to Neilsen that Homeland Security investigators "have been perceived as targeting undocumented aliens, instead of the transnational criminal organizations that facilitate cross border crimes impacting our communities and national security".

Which raises an interesting question: Just how far should candidates for Congress go, and is it really a problem if all their ideas aren't immediately practical?

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