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Mayor de Blasio joins protesters in call to abolish ICE

01 July 2018

Addressing a citizenship event at John Jay College of Criminal Justice, New York City mayor Bill de Blasio praised demonstrators for protesting against the Trump administration's immigration policies and re-upped his support for abolishing ICE.

In a tweet targeting recent calls from the Democratic Party to abolish ICE entirely, President Trump was quick to offer his support to Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers and to make it clear abolishment was not on the table according to Fox News.

Across the nation, ICE has never seemed more visible as anger continues over the separation of families under the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy.

Vermont Sen. Bernie Sanders, who sought the Democratic nomination in 2016 and is mulling another run, has stopped short of his colleagues' calls to dismantle ICE.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of NY is among a growing number of mainstream elected officials now supporting the idea of getting rid of the agency created in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks. On Tuesday, U.S. House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez delivered a stunning Democratic primary upset in NY after campaigning on abolishing the agency, which was formed in 2003 as part of a post-9/11 federal overhaul that created the Department of Homeland Security.

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"I get calls regularly", Marin said earlier this month. "These radical protesters want ANARCHY - but the only response they will find from our government is LAW AND ORDER!"

"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. ICE's time has come and gone; it is broken.

"No matter what they do, we are here to stay", Sinclair said.

"I'm a mom, and I think everyone I know that I've talked to about this issue has had a very visceral reaction", Sharaf said.

"It's upsetting. Families being separated, children in cages", said Emilia Ramos, a cleaner in the district, fighting tears at the rally. "What we've been saying is ICE has become a rogue agency".

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Ice did not respond to a request for comment on the letter, which was first reported by the Texas Observer.

President Donald Trump ordered the separations halted, but the details on what is next are being worked out.

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Mayor de Blasio joins protesters in call to abolish ICE