Trump attacks Democrats, defends ICE in Saturday morning tweets

Glen Norman
July 3, 2018

"We need to rebuild our immigration system from top to bottom, starting by replacing ICE with something that reflects our morality", Warren said at a rally in Boston on Saturday.

Despite its lack of focus and coherent messaging, the Abolish ICE movement is gaining support among mainstream Democrats.

This week, activists picked up even more momentum. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and upcoming 28-year-old socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who upset her Democratic incumbent rival in the state's primary on Tuesday.

ICE has two divisions.

"That's the question", said Williams, pointing out that advocating for that creates "an opening" for people who would say that goes against the idea of enforcing the law.

Though other Democrats, including party leaders in the Senate and House, have not gone that far in their criticism, the debate over ICE has thrust an agency with 20,000 employees into the public spotlight after years of whiplash over the scope of its central mission since its founding in 2003. It has no accountability. "We need it gone", said Bortolleto.

Early Saturday morning, President Trump also praised the agency as "one of the smartest, toughest, and most spirited law enforcement groups" that he has ever seen.

In his Fox interview, which was pre-recorded, Trump repeated a claim he tweeted on Saturday, that Ice had "liberated" towns from the MS-13 gang, which Trump almost always invokes in discussions of immigration despite the gang's irrelevance to the core debate.

Ronald D. Vitiello will serve as deputy director of ICE and will also take on the role of acting director, the Department of Homeland Security announced on Saturday.

The Trump administration has often pointed to a "crisis of illegal immigration" at the USA border. The lawyer sustained a broken foot and several cuts.

"But Ice, border patrol, these are incredible patriots", Trump said.

"You got nearly 70% of the country who say we should not abolish ICE", she said.

In her statement, Nielsen thanked Homan, who planned to retire when former President Barack Obama left office but chose to stay until Mr. Trump found a replacement. "But last month, ICE came under greater fire when Attorney General Jeff Sessions said all migrants who were apprehended entering the U.S. between ports of entry - including first-time illegal entrants who arrived with children - should be referred from U.S. Customs and Border Protection to the Justice Department for prosecution".

"Well I hope they keep thinking about it".

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