Some Democrats with eye on 2020: 'Abolish ICE'

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Trump, however, in repeated tweets has defended the agency, saying Saturday, "To the great and fearless men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit".

In a following tweet, he says abolition will "never happen!"

"Even the cops don't like us anymore because they're listening to the news also", said an ICE agent who the Times allowed to remain anoymous.

"I believe that it has become a deportation force, and I think you should separate the criminal justice from the immigration issues and I think you should re-imagine ice under a new agency with a very different mission and take those two missions out", Sen.

Calls to "abolish ICE" are growing louder as prominent Democrats, like Sen.

In New York, far-left primary challenger and ICE opponent Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's shocked the party's establishment by beating Rep. Joseph Crowley, D-N.Y.

"I hope they keep thinking about it because they're going to get beaten so badly", he said. "And I lived through Vietnam, through Roe v. Wade", said Lisa Zieger, 66.

"We need comprehensive immigration reform and we need new agencies to replace ICE", the mayor told attendees.

President Donald Trump recently reversed course and signed an executive order aimed at keeping undocumented families together following public outcry over the separation of parents and children at the border.

"Because of (ICE's) reputation, no one wants to talk to them because they are afraid they are going to be deported", he said.

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Their focus, Alex said, should be on "stopping the long-standing culture of corruption" in USA immigration policy and "the appalling practices" of the Trump administration, not on a move that by itself "amounts to rebranding".

The separation of more than 2,000 children from their parents and guardians at the U.S. -Mexico border has sparked worldwide outrage and growing calls in the United States for the abolition of the immigration agency on the front lines of the dispute.

'To the great and fearless men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit.

ICE spokeswoman Liz Johnson condemned calls to abolish the agency as "dangerously misguided" in a statement Friday.

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". "'Oh, you guys are just separating families'".

"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.

"The Liberal Left, also known as the Democrats, want to get rid of ICE, who do a fantastic job, and want Open Borders".

Whatever the details, the focus on ICE could cause problems for some potential candidates with more conservative records on immigration.

And Acting ICE Director Tom Homan appeared on Fox & Friends, his favorite safe space, using the Annapolis shooting to argue that anti-ICE protesters "should be respecting law enforcement across the board", including ICE agents.

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