Protestors Call To Abolish ICE At Hartford Immigrant Rights Rally


"That will mean restructuring the agencies that enforce our immigration laws, including ICE", Sanders said.

Many protesters held signs with the slogan at marches across the country this the weekend, and several leading Democrats echoed the grassroots catchphrase. That changed after self-described socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez defeated NY incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley last month in a Democrat primary. In recent weeks, more politicians have endorsed a frequent rally change to "Abolish ICE". It's short enough to fit on a bumper sticker - as does "Build the Wall", or "Abolish the IRS".

While Sanders won't go so far as to join his former aide Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in the fight to abolish ICE, he did demand a complete overhaul of us immigration policy. Republican Diane Harkey, a former state legislator who serves on the state's tax board, is vying against Democrat Mike Levin, an environmental lawyer.

"We protect ICE, they protect us and we protect them", he said at a rally in Montana.

There are fair criticisms that ICE has become unwieldy and that its reputation sometimes interferes with its ability to do its job.

"The words are G-rated, but a punch to the gut of President Donald Trump's immigration policy", said Tim Malloy, assistant director of the Quinnipiac University Poll. "I think they'll never win another election, so I'm actually quite happy about it", Mr. Trump told Fox News' Channel's Maria Bartiromo.

"We can envision a blueprint for alternatives to detention" of the undocumented, the organizer said.

Why are Democrats divided about abolishing ICE?

"We need to set up a commission that looks at the alternatives to ICE and really starts to understand how do we have these functions in a way that is accountable, transparent and humane", Jayapal told The Hill.

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The poll showed that 49 per cent of respondents thought Mr Trump was racist, while 47 per cent said he was not. Such rhetoric could prove unhelpful to the 10 Democratic senators seeking re-election this fall in states Trump carried in 2016, where conservative views on immigration prevail. Many lawmakers privately agree with these boosters. It was created recently in the hysteria of anti-Muslim, anti-immigrant sentiments following 9/11.

Even those who recoil at some of Trump's immigration policies and cite the family-separation policy as a wrong-headed, avoidable series of tragedies, don't think abolishing ICE is the answer. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), have thrown their weight behind the movement. Kamala Harris, another possible 2020 contender, did not.

Similarly, 60 percent of voters said they believe Democrats in Congress are more interested in exploiting immigration than finding a solution.

Is the debate over ICE's existence worth having? The men and women of ICE are members of the law enforcement community. During his presidency, Bill Clinton helped create numerous laws we still use to deport people.

The Oakland Police Department repeatedly confirmed that this was not an immigration raid, rather they were investigating child sex-trafficking in that house.

A majority of ICE's top criminal investigation agents are asking Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen to spin their division off from the agency.

The Democratic calls to scrap the agency underscore the balancing act the party is facing on immigration issues.

It's hard to imagine such a proposal would go anywhere, however, in a political atmosphere in which immigration issues get oversimplified and weaponized.