Duckworth doesn't join Dem colleagues in calls to abolish ICE

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents arrested some 100 people at Corso's in Sandusky as part of a large-scale immigration investigation

Immigrations and Customs Enforcement agents arrested some 100 people at Corso's in Sandusky as part of a large-scale immigration investigation

In an interview on Fox News set to air Sunday, Trump suggested that the issue would hurt Democrats in the midterm elections because ICE helps eradicate violent gangs.

The call from ICE agents drew attention from Trump critics on social media, who said it put on clear display the fact that the president's immigration policies have centered on persecuting immigrants, contrary to his claims that ICE is focused on protecting USA national security. "And because of this whole immigration rhetoric - that immigrants are bad, that they're criminals and rapists and all that - the focus is totally off mission". "Because they're much tougher than MS-13, like by a factor of 10. And these are the ones - you get rid of ICE you're going to have a country that you're going to be afraid to walk out of your house", he added. "You are going to have a country that's crime-ridden".

And after calls from leading Democrats including New York Mayor Bill de Blasio and Senator Kirsten Gillibrand to abolish ICE, the president also tweeted his support of the embattled agency in a series of messages. "We're thinking about bringing the [corporate tax rate of] 21 percent down to 20 [percent]".

Trumps policy reversal, in the form of an executive order mandating that families not be separated, has raised new questions over how long the administration will detain families and in what conditions. "We wish Tom and his family all the best and know they will remain part of the DHS family". He compliments ICE agents for being "rough guys", and in response to the new era they've gone after not just criminals but any undocumented immigrant, often in shockingly heavy-handed ways. Kamala Harris (D-CA) said, "We need to probably think about starting from scratch".

"I believe you should get rid of [ICE], start over, reimagine it and build something that actually works", Gillibrand was quoted by Cuomo Prime Time on Twitter Friday. "And after ICE is changed as an agency, there will be enforcement of immigration laws", said Jayapal.

In fact, just this week a majority of the special agents in charge of ICE's Homeland Security Investigative Division (HSI) sent a letter to the Secretary of Homeland Security proposing that their division be split off from the rest of ICE.

Hartford police arrested people protesting President Trump's immigration policies outside the federal office building on Main Street Monday Morning.

In his Fox interview, which was pre-recorded, Trump repeated a claim he tweeted on Saturday, that Ice had "liberated" towns from the MS-13 gang, which Trump almost always invokes in discussions of immigration despite the gang's irrelevance to the core debate.

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