Abolishing ICE Becomes Rallying Call for Members of Democratic Party

When Martinez tried to enter she claims she was pushed back by an ICE agent and not allowed

Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who beat Rep. Joe Crowley in New York's Democratic primary, ran on a platform that called for the abolition of ICE.

The raid came hours after Trump tweeted his dissatisfaction with protesters at ICE offices in cities across the country: "Leftwing Activists are trying to block ICE officers from doing their jobs and publicly posting their home addresses - putting these selfless public servants in harm's way", he wrote.

Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., that ICE should be abolished and replaced, a concept that's gaining momentum.

Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), another possible 2020 Democratic candidate, made similar comment last week during an MSNBC interview, saying that the government should "probably think about starting from scratch" with immigration enforcement.

Gillibrand told CNN on Thursday that ICE "has become a deportation force". "I'm here for the long haul", she said. "I have literally never seen Americans show up for immigrants like this", said Jess Morales Rocketto, political director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance, which represents nannies, housekeepers and caregivers. "We know that when people have a outcome for illegal activity they do less of it and that's what we're trying to accomplish here".

But, while it was unlikely to gain much traction on the right, Trump on Saturday backed ICE agents and said there was "zero chance" of ICE being abolished.

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"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.

The activists pushing for ICE abolition, meanwhile, said they aren't anxious about potential blowback or any difficulties for Democrats facing more conservative voters, including those potentially swayed by Trump's repeated charges that Democrats favor "open borders".

As a result, children were separated from their families and held first in "processing centers", then in shelters.

I'm introducing legislation that would abolish ICE and crack down on the agency's blanket directive to target and round up individuals and families. The ICE blockade subsequently grew into a tent city with "more than 80 tents, four portable toilets, six couches, a commissary and a medic's office".

Sperling said the goal was not to end the protest, but to make the building accessible to employees who are likely to return to work next week.

"Some of these risky individuals had been released to the streets instead of being turned over to ICE on our detainers, which compromises the safety of the homeland that ICE officers strive to protect every day".

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