Updated on Friday, June 29, 2018, 10:46 pm
Photo: J. Scott Applewhite, AP
ATLANTA (AP) – Several prominent Democrats planning to run for the White House in 2020 wanted to push ahead with their progress this week through major changes the enforcement of immigration laws, with some calling for the complete abolition of the main immigration office.
Kirsten Gillibrand from New York said Immigration and Customs Enforcement, known as ICE, had become "a deportation force".
"You should get rid of it, start over, and create something that actually works," she told CNN later Thursday.
Her comments follow similar sentiments expressed by Senator 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 nomination for the Democrats in 2016 and is running another mourning, has stopped short of calling his colleagues to dismantle ICE. But he also quickly realized that his vote was against the 2002 law, which paved the way for ICE to replace the old immigration and naturalization service after the 9/11 attacks.
Housed in the Department of Homeland 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. Marches are planned across the country to protest the policies that President Donald Trump later reversed.
The Democratic Calls 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 party base in the 2020 presidential election.
Many anti-Trump activists who promote the Twitter hashtag #abolishICE have been celebrating Gillibrand's moves. Harris and others
Nelini Stamp, the national organizer of the Working Families Party, one of many progressive groups that spurred their activities after 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 abolish ICE, they can not handle it."
Angel Padilla, Policy Director of grassroots group Indivisible, said ICE "terrorized communities" and Gillibrands "move" shows where the progressive base is.
However, not every immigrant group shares the same view.
Cristobal Alex, president of the Latino Victory Project, a political action group campaigning for immigrants, dismissed ICE as "litmuse" trial. " But he said it was "encouraging" that immigration policy in general "is at the forefront of the pre-2020 talks."
Alex said his group had met privately with several potential presidential candidates.
Her focus, Alex said, was to "stop the long-standing culture of corruption" in the US immigration policy and "the horrible practices" of the Trump administration, and not in one step, the "rebranding" means.
In fact, the would-be law presidential candidates have not yet detailed what they propose at ICE. Harris had introduced legislation to stem the expansion of detention centers for immigrants prior to the border demarcation crisis. She and Gillibrand and others have at least suggested that they want to include the law enforcement prosecutor less in border security.
Whatever the details may be, the focus on ICE may 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. In the beginning of the year, Biden held a private event with the Latino Victory Project in Miami
The activists who pushed for the abolition of the ICE said that they may not be worried about possible setbacks or difficulties for conservative voters Trump's repeated allegations that Democrats are in favor of "open borders."
At the Working Families Party, Stamp said she sees activists in a position that "gives room" to other democrats who know they disagree with them. "We're giving them room to talk about better immigration policies," she said, comparing the circumstances to the civil rights movement when Martin Luther King Jr. was rated 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."
Follow Barrow on Twitter at https://twitter.com/BillBarrowAP