President Trump attacks Democrats over increasing calls to abolish ICE

02 July, 2018, 00:44 | Author: Donnie King
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Right-wing activists with the group Patriot Prayer also have a permit to march later in the day Saturday and the Portland Police Bureau said Friday they planned to have a heavy police presence.

"I'm here because I'm disgusted, outraged, and frightened by our government", the Newark resident continued. "So I beg everyone, please release these children, give my son back to me", she said through an interpreter, weeping. Drivers honked their horns in support. Organizers said 20,000 turned up, though the NYPD declined to confirm the figure. Republicans hold a narrow 51-49 majority in the Senate, where the immigration legislation would need a 60-vote super-majority to win approval.

"I care! Do you?" read Joan Culwell's T-shirt as she joined a rally in Denver.

The agency has been a focal point of criticism amid Trump's hardline "zero tolerance" immigration policy, and has been met with a growing Democratic chorus calling for it to be eliminated. Trump's comments come after a day of widespread protests against the administration's family separation policies.

Over the past few weeks, as more and more politicians and activists speak out about the Trump administration's policy of separating children from their parents, we have heard several Democrats call for abolishing the federal law enforcement agency, ICE (U.S. Department of Homeland Security Immigration and Customs Enforcement). "Abolish ICE" was a popular sign on the Brooklyn Bridge and elsewhere around the country.

The protesters saw things differently.

"It's important for this administration to know that these policies that rip apart families - that treat people as less than human, like they're vermin - are not the way of God, they are not the law of love", said the Rev. Julie Hoplamazian, an Episcopal priest marching in Brooklyn, whose own grandparents fled to the USA during the Armenian genocide.




"Dorrie Lubowsky, 55, of Midwood, Brooklyn, said she was there because she is a child of two Holocaust survivors". I don't know why that's so hard for some people to understand. "We've got to come out while we still have a voice to be heard".

And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose shocking primary victory against incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley heralded a new progressive push in the Democratic party, has been a vocal advocate of abolishing the agency.

She urged the marchers to keep fighting against "displacement and fear".

"I am confident and hopeful that it will not last long and that it will not last forever, because of every single individual who's on this block today", the 28-year-old told attendees.

Later, de Blasio tweeted his support for abolishing ICE.

Defending the work that they did and indicating that they provided a valuable and necessary service in protecting the American people from the "worst criminal elements", President Trump laid out a number of tweets indicating that there was absolutely no way that abolishment of ICE would take place under his administration. Many jurisdictions continue to refuse to work with HSI, "because of a perceived linkage to the politics of civil immigration".

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