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Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar sees the light, says no to abolishing ICE

Democrat Sen. Amy Klobuchar sees the light, says no to abolishing ICE

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted yesterday: "ICE is broken, it's divisive and it should be abolished". Kirsten Gillibrand called for ICE's abolition.

She added: "And that's why I believe you should get rid of it, start over, reimagine it and build something that actually works". It's no exaggeration to say that in many immigrant communities, the name ICE now inspires nothing short of terror. On the evening of June 28, all three of the network's prime-time shows aired segments attacking the Abolish ICE movement, as did Fox & Friends the next morning. 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.

An ICE spokesman could not be reached for comment on this story, but during a stop in North Dakota this week, Trump warned that if ICE were eliminated, the country would be "overrun with the worst criminal elements you have ever seen". The retirement of Thomas D. Homan, who had been acting as chief of ICE, became effective Saturday. "I am pleased that ICE will continue to be led by an experienced and well-respected career law enforcement officer who will be a strong advocate for the agency's workforce".

His proposal would create a commission, the objective of which would be to issue recommendations to Congress and identify the essential functions of ICE that can be returned to other federal agencies.

"We saved 904 children through our investigations from being exploited, being raped, being molested, being filmed", he pointed out, according to the Examiner.

"Right before ICE was established - which is a new agency, It's only been established in the last many years - there was enforcement of immigration laws".

Trump, however, in repeated tweets has defended the agency, saying Saturday, "To the great and fearless men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit". By contrast, 20 percent wanted family separation through arrests and jailing of parents. 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. Two weeks ago, he signed an executive order ending most family separations. "Abolish ICE, is it a good idea?" Kamala Harris (D-CA) said, "We need to probably think about starting from scratch".

On Saturday, Mr. Trump took to Twitter to praise the service of the men and women of ICE, and to blast Democrats suggesting the agency be eliminated.

The recent public outcry over the Trump administrations policy of separating children from adults who illegally cross the border from Mexico has focused renewed attention on the treatment of immigrants at the southern border. Calling for such a radical change in immigration policy would depress Democratic turnout and could energize Republicans in districts that national Dems are counting on to win to retake the House in November.