The idea was once banished to the left. But the liberal pressure to abolish the federal agency enforcing federal immigration laws becomes mainstream in the Democratic Party, with New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand and Mayor Bill de Blasio supporting their support in the last 24 hours.
"I believe that [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] has become a deportation force … and that's why I think they should get rid of, start over, and develop something that actually works," Gillibrand said in a CNN interview Thursday night.
"We should abolish ICE," said de Blasio on Friday morning on WNYC Radio .
Gillibrand's support is remarkable as she is the first senator to support the "abolition of ICE" push – and is considered a potential presidential candidate for 2020.
They join numerous other Democratic candidates, members of the House of Representatives, liberal commentators and writers who have resisted the immigration policies of the Trump administration by calling for ICE – identifying, arresting and detaining illegal immigrants in the United States deports.
The growing influence behind the push was underlined earlier this week when liberal main challenger Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez scored a shocking victory over Rep. Joseph Crowley, DN.Y. , Member of the party leadership.
Ocasio-Cortez emphasized her support for the abolition of the ICE during the campaign and even protested in front of an ICE center in Texas.
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"Its out-of-court nature is baked into the structure of the agency and therefore they are able to get through with black locations at our border" With the separation "The democrat said in an interview this week."
The focus on ICE lies in the controversy over the Trump government's "zero tolerance" policy, which called for all illegal frontier workers to be persecuted Separation of families on the basis of many years in prison until President Trump signed an executive order on family ties last week.
With this controversy in the headlines, the abolition of the ICE – which has long since ceased to exist The Democratic Party's field of open borders and does not use deportations, has evolved from a slogan on protest posters to an idea that is rumored is rumored around the year 2020.
"Every country needs proper law enforcement at its borders, ICE is not a sensible law enforcement, ICE is broken, it is divisive and it should be abolished," de Blasio tweeted on Friday.
Governor of New York, Andrew Cuomo, has also been pressured by the left to eliminate ICE, especially during a left-wing challenge by actress and activist Cynthia Nixon, whom she described as a terrorist organization.  And Sen. Kamala Harris, D-Calif., Who was promoted to the Democratic candidate in 2020, said that the US should "start from scratch" for ICE – although stopped before appeal to abolish it.
Oregon, Rep. Earl Blumenauer, who voted against establishing the agency in 2002, doubled his opposition in a recent medium of mail, demanding that it be closed.
"We should abolish ICE and start over, focusing on our priorities to protect our families and our borders in a humane and thoughtful way," he said.
In January, the idea was supported by Brian Fallon, a former top consultant for Democratic candidate 2016 Hillary Clinton, and Eric Holder. President Barack Obama's Attorney General.
"ICE operates as an inexplicable deportation force," Fallon tweeted. "The Democrats in 2020 should work to end the agency in its current form."
The idea is not limited to deep blue democratic enclaves.
Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., Announced on Monday that he would introduce a bill abolishing the agency established during the reign of President George W. Bush in the wake of 9/11.
"I introduce laws that will abolish ICE and go against the agency's lump-sum policy to target and bring together individuals and families," Pocan said in a statement. "The heartless acts of this abused agency do not represent the values of our nation, and the United States must develop a more humane immigration system that treats each person with dignity and respect."
The shift to the left in immigration has been somewhat Republican and Conservatives were excited and thought that they could pull the Democrats into a non-selectable territory.
"Based on last week, Democrats obviously want to fight open borders, mass migration and the abolition of ICE," Sen. Tom Cotton, R-Ark., Said on Twitter. "Give them points for honesty. Let's vote."
Fox News & # 39; Adam Shaw has contributed to this report.