President praises ICE as attacks intensify

Don Ryan  AP

Don Ryan AP

President Trump defended "great and brave" Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers against progressive calls to shut the agency down in a pair of Saturday morning tweets. More than 2,000 children remained detained and separated from their parents under US immigration policies.

The issue is getting traction after this week's surprise upset by 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who made "Abolish ICE" a central tenet of her campaign against Rep. Joe Crowley, who had been the king of Queens.

Also on Sunday, Connecticut Democratic Sen.

This week, activists picked up even more momentum. Ronald D. Vitiello, who has been serving as the acting deputy commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, is now ICE's acting director and deputy director.

The call is becoming a litmus test for Democratic candidates.

And by Saturday, Republicans were no longer able to ignore the movement's fast-growing momentum. Two weeks ago, he signed an executive order ending most family separations.

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Trump taunted Democrats as part of a broader defense of his immigration policies, which thousands of Americans protested on Saturday in hundreds of rallies across the country.

Second, the people proposing that we abolish ICE aren't saying immigration laws shouldn't be enforced.

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. It has no accountability.

"We should protect families that need our help, and thats not what ICE is doing today", she said. They give us a set of laws that we're supposed to enforce, and they give me the money to do it, then say 'abolish ICE.

Anti-Trump and anti-ICE rhetoric has drastically grown from Democrats, including NY gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, who labeled ICE as a "terrorist organization" and called for the abolishment of the agency altogether.

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.

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Homeland security investigators want out of ICE.

When Berman asked if calls to abolish ICE were helping matters, Cardin again shifted focus to criticize the Trump administration's immigration policies. The lawyer sustained a broken foot and several cuts.

"Why would you come to the United States, only to come to the same thing?" he said.

"You abolish ICE now, you still have the president with the same failed policies".

"You think you should get rid of the agency?" he said, his eyes wide. "And these are the ones - you get rid of ICE you're going to have a country that you're going to be afraid to walk out of your house". Of Democrats, he added: "Their beef is not with ICE - its with Donald Trump".

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