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ICE names new acting director amid immigration turmoil

03 Juillet 2018

"I don't think ICE today is working as intended".

ICE is a massive law enforcement agency, created after the 9/11 terrorist attacks. Dozens of people shut down a government meeting in MI in protest of a contract with Immigration and Customs Enforcement to house detainees at a local jail.

Mark Pocan - The chair of the Congressional Progressive Caucus, this USA representative for Wisconsin has visited detention centers and decided the damage is too great. It may be that there are moderate Dems who really do want immigration enforcement but nonetheless support abolishing ICE because they believe the agency's culture will make it impossible for it to change how it operates. "For instance, you shouldn't be protesting ICE about family separation because that happens on the border".

Vitiello has years of experience at the border. "Trump and his administration have made the agency so toxic that it's time to abolish ICE, and start over". I wish we were pushing this to: "'We need comprehensive immigration reform'".

At a fundraiser in Berkeley, California, Barack Obama tried to calm his terrified minions: "All these people that are out here kvetching and wringing their hands and stressed and anxious and constantly watching cable tv and howling at the moon, 'What are we going to do?' Their hair is falling out".

This week, activists picked up even more momentum.

Ocasio-Cortez touted the abolition of ICE as a key platform in her campaign.

"Keep talking, girlfriend", she said. Elected Democrats are also beginning to endorse the movement.

Trump said he "released many" House Republicans so they could vote against the immigration bill last week. But when Donald Trump was elected, he sent ICE a clear message: The gloves are off.

Sen. Heller is against abolishing ICE.

Why are Democrats divided about abolishing ICE? But he said, "When people come into our Country illegally, we must IMMEDIATELY escort them back out without going through years of legal maneuvering".

"We need border security, OK?" "But I'm for protecting our borders and having an enforcement agency". It also moved them from under the purview of the Department of Justice to Homeland Security, which brought along a new connotation that immigration - all immigration - is some sort of threat.

Rep. Anna Eshoo, D-Palo Alto, said critics should focus on Trump's immigration policies, not on ICE itself.

When Jones asked Schwab, who has been described as a whistleblower, if he will stop talking, Schwab said, "absolutely not". "They are carrying out Trump's policies". "Absolutely not... but ICE didn't set that, the president of the United States put that in place". The administration said on Friday it would no longer "separate families but detain families together during the pendency of immigration proceedings". Just like that, the hashtag #AbolishICE had become the slogan "Abolish ICE", which had in turn become a semi-serious policy proposed by a semi-serious USA senator.

Bashing Trump's policies may not be the wisest strategic shift.

ICE names new acting director amid immigration turmoil