Democrat Tammy Duckworth doesn't join calls to abolish ICE

What do New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio and Sen.

Cornell Law School immigration professor Stephen Yale-Loehr said it was "extremely unlikely" that Congress will do away with ICE.

More than 500 have already been reconnected with their families, the Department of Homeland Security announced last week. Deportations fell from a high of 434,000 in 2013 to 344,000 in 2016.

In major cities and tiny towns, hundreds of thousands of marchers gathered Saturday across America, moved by accounts of children separated from their parents at the U.S. -Mexico border, in the latest act of mass resistance against President Donald Trump's immigration policies. In the wake of the now-rescinded policy of separating illegal migrant children from their families, critics on the left increasingly are protesting the agency's actions, including about 200 people who demonstrated along a highway in New Jersey Saturday near the Trump National Golf Club where the president and his family spent the weekend.

Celinda Lake, longtime Democratic pollster, told Axios: "I worry that abolishing ICE tips the issues from humane treatment to security. They are great!" the president added.

"I hope they keep thinking about it". "If it's a binary choice and people think it's the end of immigration enforcement, that's not a good place for us to be". ICE agents "are the guys that go in and take MS-13, and they take them out", said Trump, referring to the violent Salvadoran gang, during an interview with Fox News. The president has twice visited that region to discuss the dangers of criminal immigrants, whom he has called "animals".

Buch said some law enforcement agencies either don't want to work with HSI or they want "to minimize ICE's involvement in the joint operations". "Next it will be all police".

In Washington, a massive crowd gathered in Lafayette Park across from the White House in what was expected to be the largest of the day's protests.

"Every country needs reasonable law enforcement on their borders". These are thoughts once relegated to the outermost fringes of the Democratic Party. "Now there's not one Democratic leader willing to repudiate these comments".

USA lawmakers are voicing the same demand, along with human rights organizations, who note that ICE is a relatively recent creation.

It wasn't clear from Nielsen's statement if or when the administration would seek to confirm a permanent director to ICE. "You rarely get anywhere through policymaking by hashtag". Ragsdale was Trump's first ICE chief but was dismissed after only 10 days.

Calls for the abolition of Ice are not yet widespread among Democrats.

Whatever the details, the focus on ICE could cause problems for some potential candidates with more conservative records on immigration. Homan has served as acting ICE director since January 30, 2017, when he replaced Daniel Ragsdale in the post.

  • Rogelio Becker