While Trump equates the proposal with punting on border security, Democrats argue that security would be strengthened by breaking Ice apart along the existing fault line separating its investigative arm from its enforcement arm.
Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of NY told CNN last week that ICE has "become a deportation force" and that "you should get rid of it, start over, reimagine it and build something that actually works". But he said, "When people come into our Country illegally, we must IMMEDIATELY escort them back out without going through years of legal maneuvering".
"No special agent is going to stop me from talking".
When asked how she would replace ICE, she responded bluntly, "Nothing".
"We should abolish ICE", he added.
Ice agents are under fire nationwide.
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"You abolish ICE now, you still have the president with the same failed policies". They give us a set of laws that we're supposed to enforce, and they give me the money to do it, then say 'abolish ICE. "I don't want [ICE agents] being ordered to separate families at the border", Cardin said.
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"We are always going to need immigration enforcement".
But Homan stressed that as a civilian, he would be able to be more vocal about his position on immigration than he was as ICE's director. "And I think you should separate out the criminal justice from the immigration issues". Charles Schumer, D-N.Y., during Congress unsuccessful effort to pass comprehensive immigration reform in 2013-2014.
Since his tweet and the criticism it caused, Donald Trump has not explained which towns that ICE has liberated from the grasp of MS-13. The president has twice visited that region to discuss the dangers of criminal immigrants, whom he has called "animals". "Next it will be all police".
Senator Kamla Harris of California told several news outlets that "maybe" or "probably" the government should "start from scratch" on a new immigration enforcement agency.
Trump taunted Democrats as part of a broader defense of his immigration policies, which thousands of Americans protested on Saturday in hundreds of rallies across the country. These are thoughts once relegated to the outermost fringes of the Democratic Party. "Organizations have called for families to be reunited and ICE to be abolished". It's no exaggeration to say that in many immigrant communities, the name ICE now inspires nothing short of terror.
"But the abolish ICE debate oversimplifies everything", the aide said. The investigators who wrote the letter work in the Homeland Security Investigations division.
Also on Sunday, Connecticut Democratic Sen.
House Minority Leader Nancy Pelosi, Calif., "believes that ICE has been on the wrong end of far too many inhumane and unconstitutional practices to be allowed to continue without an immediate and fundamental overhaul", said her spokesman, Drew Hammill.
Trump's defence of ICE was posted after some critics of the administration said the agency should be shut down.