ATLANTA – Several prominent Democrats forging a bid for the White House in 2020 wanted to step up their progress this week, calling for major changes in immigration. Some urged the complete abolition of the Federal Government's main immigration agency
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand of New York said Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, had become "a deportation force".
"You should get rid of it, start over, build something and build something that really works," she told CNN later Thursday.
Her comments follow similar sentiments voiced by Sen. Kamala Harris of California last week. In interviews with several outlets, she said that the government should "perhaps" or "probably" start at an immigration office "from scratch".
Vermont Senator Bernie Sanders, who has sought nominations for the Democrats in 201
Housed in the Ministry of Internal Security, ICE is responsible for implementing hundreds of federal immigration laws. The debate on the future of the agency follows the widespread protest in recent weeks after the Trump government severed more than 2,000 migrant children from their parents. The marches are planned across the country to protest the policies that President Donald Trump later reversed.
The Democratic calls for scrapping the agency underscore the balancing act that the party faces in immigration issues. Such rhetoric could do little to help the ten Democratic Senators to be re-elected this fall in the states that are to be re-elected in 2016 in the Trump states, which have conservative views on immigration. But calling for an end to the ICE could be a win for Democrats seeking to mobilize the base of the party in the presidential primary elections of 2020.
Many anti-Trump activists who promote the Twitter hashtag #abolishICE have been celebrating Gillibrand's moves. Harris and others
Nelini Stamp, the National Organizing Director of the Working Families Party, one of many progressive groups that spurred their efforts following Trump's election, called this a "critical moment" in the first maneuvers for 2020.  "All Democrats who want to be candidates need to be on the right page, "said Stamp. "Even if they do not say ICE, they can not do it."
Angel Padilla, Policy Director of grassroots group Indivisible, told ICE "Terrorized Communities" and that Gillibrand's Movement "shows where progressive base is."
Yet, not every immigrant group agrees.
Cristobal Alex, president of the Latino Victory Project, a campaigning body for immigrants, denounced ICE as "litmus." But he said it was "encouraging" that immigration policy in general "was at the forefront of Speaking before 2020. "
Alex said his group had met privately with several potential presidential candidates.
Alex said it was" in the US immigration policy "and" the horrific practices "of the Trump government" halting a long-lasting culture of corruption ", not by a step that meant" rebranding. "
Ind The future presidential candidates have not yet specified what they are suggesting at ICE: Harris had introduced laws before the crisis of border demarcation that would extend the They and Gillibrand and others have at least hinted that they are the law enforcement power of the Ju want to include less in border security.
Whatever the details may be, the focus on ICE could cause problems for some candidates with more conservative immigration scores. 19659018 Former Vice President Joe Biden elected as Senator of Delaware for the 2002 Act – Homeland Law – paved the way to replace the ICE Immigration and Naturalization Service. He also voted in 2006 for a border security measure backed by the Bush administration. Biden, however, has critically contrasted Trump's immigration policy as he considers a 2020 run. At the beginning of the year, Biden hosted a private event with the Latino Victory Project in Miami
The activists who pushed for the abolition of the ICE said they were not concerned about possible setbacks or difficulties for Democrats with more conservative voters, possibly influenced by Trump's repeated allegations that Democrats endorse "open borders"
At the Working Families Party, Stamp said she sees activists take a position that offers "space" to other Democrats who disagree with them. "We give them room to talk about better immigration policies," she said, comparing the circumstances to the civil rights movement when Martin Luther King Jr. was judged more favorably by white mediators than by sharper leaders like Malcolm X.  "Martin Luther King never said, "Black Power & # 39;" said Stamp. "But having the left flank has got the right people talking at least to King."
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