ICE chief Thomas Homan blames Congress for border separations

Kenia Bautista and her 3-year-old son Noah

Kenia Bautista and her 3-year-old son Noah

According to Trump, the abolition of ICE "will never happen".

"Just trying to stop ICE, really, and abolish that whole system, peacefully though", Kelly Bower, another protestor, said.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), another possible 2020 Democratic candidate, made similar comment last week during an MSNBC interview, saying that the government should "probably think about starting from scratch" with immigration enforcement. Federal law enforcement officers took nine people into custody Thursday during a sweep of protesters at the Southwest Macadam Avenue headquarters of the federal Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.

NY gubernatorial hopeful Cynthia Nixon, who has mutually endorsed Ocasio-Cortez, has thrown her support behind ICE's abolition amid continued mass opposition to Trump's "zero tolerance" policy, as has Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, also of NY. "The radical left Dems want you out. I have literally never seen Americans show up for immigrants like this", said Jess Morales Rocketto, political director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance, which represents nannies, housekeepers and caregivers. Officers were holding a boundary line between federal and private property, and they would maintain a round-the-clock security presence "for some time", he said. "We should create something better, something different". ICE has "become a deportation force", she said, adding, "I think you should separate the criminal justice from the immigration issues". "So I beg everyone, please release these children, give my son back to me", she said through an interpreter, weeping.

On Saturday, Mr. Trump took to Twitter to praise the service of the men and women of ICE, and to blast Democrats suggesting the agency be eliminated. A media relations contact with ICE's Detroit field office did not respond to email and telephone inquiries about the impact of the protest.

The investigators who wrote the letter work in the Homeland Security Investigations division. This month, WikiLeaks published the identities and information of more than 9,000 supposed current and former ICE employees. Hartford City Councilwoman Wildaliz Bermudez, of the Working Families Party, said the visceral nature of reporting from the border during the height of the family separation crisis pushed the movement toward a tipping point.

As overseen by the Trump administration, ICE operates with virtually no accountability, ripping apart families and holding our friends and neighbors indefinitely in inhumane detention centers scattered across the United States.

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