Mayor de Blasio joins protesters in call to abolish ICE

9 arrests as federal police clear entrance to Portland ICE building

In recent weeks, a small number of Democrats have even called for ICE to be abolished altogether.

A loose but emerging coalition of politicians, activists and pro-immigrant protesters has deployed posters and slogans in its calls for the dismantling of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which critics say has treated some would-be immigrants cruelly and unfairly. Trump's tweet Saturday morning says "it will never happen".

"The president's deeply immoral actions have made it obvious: We need to rebuild our immigration system from top to bottom, starting by replacing ICE with something that reflects our morality and that works", Warren said.

Singer John Legend serenaded the crowd and Democratic politicians who have clashed with Trump had strong words for the president, including U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters who called for his impeachment.

Eighty-year-olds with "Abolish ICE" pins on their walkers joined families with babies in strollers in the "Families Belong Together" march, which started in Foley Square, the site of New York Immigration Court, and crossed Brooklyn Bridge to Cadman Plaza, near the federal courthouse.

His proposal would create a commission, the goal of which would be to issue recommendations to Congress and identify the essential functions of ICE that can be returned to other federal agencies.

Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement.




Ronald Vitiello, the acting deputy commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, is expected to be named acting director of ICE. "I know people aren't sympathetic to deportation officers, but they have a rough time with this too and I think more so under this administration".

"You think you should get rid of the agency?" he said, his eyes wide.

"Well I hope they keep thinking about it". 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.

Ocasio's upset of Crowley, the fourth-ranking House Democrat, raised the question over whether her more liberal positions were indicative of a party shifting further to the left.

"But the abolish ICE debate oversimplifies everything", the aide said.

Annual immigration arrests have soared since January 2017, from 110,568 in 2016 to 143,470 past year, although they still remain below the height of annual arrests under Barack Obama's administration.

"We appreciate that these individuals have expressed an interest in and concern with the critical issue of securing our nation's borders and enforcing our immigration laws", Houlton said.

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