Ronald D. Vitiello named new ICE chief

Glen Norman
July 1, 2018

One of the reasons the investigators want to leave ICE is because the political nature of immigration enforcement is making it harder for them to get their work done. "ICE has lost trust".

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted yesterday: "ICE is broken, it's divisive and it should be abolished". He will lead ICE as the Trump administration deals with scrutiny over the separation of immigrant children from their relatives at the USA southern border.

Donald Trump, who has vilified law enforcement agencies, the intelligence community, the military, and veterans, leapt to ICE's defense via Twitter, and attacked Democrats for supporting the agency's abolishment. On Tuesday, upstart progressive candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old middle class Latina from the Bronx, shocked the political world by unseating longtime Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in a NY primary.

"I was proud to join @QueensBarrios today for our #KeepFamilesTogether march in Jackson Heights and Corona, some of the most diverse neighborhoods in the U.S. (and the world!)", Ocasio-Cortez tweeted after attending the event.

Johnson said that "recent calls to abolish ICE are dangerously misguided and overlook the vital work that ICE officers and special agents perform each day".

"I'm here because I'm disgusted, outraged, and frightened by our government", Lisa Zieger, a 66-year-old Newark resident, said.

Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, D-Calif., "believes that ICE has been on the wrong end of far too many inhumane and unconstitutional practices to be allowed to continue without an immediate and fundamental overhaul", said her spokesman, Drew Hammill.

Numerous marchers also joined recent calls to abolish and replace Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the federal agency at the center of the "zero-tolerance" policy.

On Monday, Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., said he would introduce legislation to eliminate the agency.

But the latest ICE protest, this time in the shadows of City Hall Friday evening didn't stop at a call for change in US Immigration Policy.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently stated, "The president often says a country without borders, is not a country".

Homan's retirement comes as the administration faces an global backlash over a policy that has separated parents and children caught crossing the border without documentation, and reunite those families.

She was followed by Sen.

"We give them room to talk about better immigration policy", she said, comparing the circumstances to the civil rights movement, when Martin Luther King Jr., was viewed more favorably by white power brokers than more strident leaders like Malcolm X.

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