President Donald Trump opened a new front in the immigration debate on Saturday, diverting attention from his government's treatment of undocumented immigrants to a broader dispute over the federal agency charged with arrest and deportation.
In Tweets From his private golf club in Bedminster, New Jersey, Trump vigorously defended the performance of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and cursed Democrats for pushing a "radical left" agenda to abolish, even though only a handful did.
"To the great and brave men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your mind," Trump wrote in a tweet. "They are doing a fantastic job of eradicating the worst criminal elements."
In an interview with Fox News aired on Sunday, Trump suggested the issue would hurt Democrats in the midterm elections as ICE helps forcefully eradicate gangs. Trump's public support for ICE came when tens of thousands demonstrated in cities across the country to protest against a "zero tolerance" policy in which all adults crossing the border illegally were prosecuted and more than 2,500 children separated from adult relatives
"I hope they keep thinking about it because they are so badly beaten," he said to Maria Bartiromo, host of Sunday Morning Futures. "You're going to get rid of ICE, you're going to have a country where you're afraid to leave your house, I love that problem, if they really will."
Over the past week, several prominent Democrats have suggested canceling ICE by citing their unwarranted treatment of immigrants. Among them were Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the 28-year-old, Rep. Joseph Crowley, DN.Y., in a pre-election election on Tuesday and Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand, NY, and Elizabeth Warren, Mass.
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"We need to rebuild our immigration system from top to bottom by: we're replacing ICE with something that reflects our morale, "Warren said at a rally in Boston on Saturday.
ICE, which is housed within the sprawling Department of Homelan d Security, is responsible for the arrest and deportation of an estimated 11 million immigrants who live illegally in the country. But the agency has been criticized by liberal activists for their tactics, including workplace raids and the deportation of undocumented immigrants whose children are US citizens.
The Obama administration wanted to restrict the ICE mission by using its limited resources for violent criminals to provide deportation assistance to others. The number of deportations dropped from a peak of 434,000 in 2013 to 344,000 in 2016 under President Barack Obama.
But Trump, who ran on a hard-line immigration platform, eased ICE policy in his first week of office. Groups would be largely exempted from expulsion laws.
The recent public outcry over the Trump government's policy of separating children from adults illegally crossing the Mexican border has once again drawn attention to the treatment of immigrants on the southern border. However, it is customs and border guards – a separate division under the DHS – and not ICE, which has conducted policies to send parents to prosecution in federal court while their children have been transferred to the Ministry of Health and Human Services. 19659014] Trump's policy reversal, in the form of an executive order, which foresees the separation of families, raises new questions about how long the administration will hold families under what conditions.
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Gillibrand proposed to separate the agency's tasks in different departments "Build something that actually works", even though it did not give specifics.
"We should protect families who need our help, and that's not what ICE does today," she said.
Still other Democrats fear the One position is tense for the party as Trump continues to label immigrants as dangerous to push his political rivals on the defensive.
"I think it's a win for him," said Leon Fresco, an immigration lawyer who served as an advisor to Sen. Charles Schumer, DN.Y., during Congress's unsuccessful efforts to embark on a comprehensive immigration reform over the years 2013-2014 to adopt. "If it's a binary choice and people think it's the end of immigration enforcement, that's not a good place for us."
In his tweets, Trump praised ICE for "freeing" Long Island from the grip of MS -13, a transnational gang. The President visited this region twice to talk about the dangers of criminal immigrants he called "animals".
"The Radical Left Dems Want You Out," Trump wrote in his tweet with reference to ICE. Zero chance, it will never happen! "
A high-ranking White House official said the government would" aggressively plunge into the fight via ICE. "
" This is a political suicide march for the Democratic Party, "said the official, on condition that Anonymity spoke to discuss the White House's internal thinking. "The Democrats literally moved the immigration debate to the ground: should the country enforce our immigration laws – yes or no? These are thoughts that were once banished to the extreme edge of the Democratic Party. Now there is no democratic leader who rejects these comments.
A Democratic adjutant in the House of Representatives who was unauthorized to speak on the record called proposals to "abolish" ICE and said the strategy would "play in Trump's hands."
This adviser told Die The party should focus on "the cruelty of actions around family divisions and some of the ridiculous tactics ICE uses to harass federal and local governments"
"But the" abolition of the ICE "debate simplifies everything, the adjutant said. "Hashtag policy making is barely making any progress."
Disturbed by the rhetoric, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, who had criticized Trump's immigration agenda, developed points of discussion to underline the "inhumane and harsh" treatment of immigrants by ICE also stressed the importance of other agency functions, such as the investigation of cybercrime and the conduct of anti-drug operations, according to the Daily Beast.
Other Democratic leaders have also refrained from calling for the elimination of ICE and instead focus on reforming the agency
"House Minority Leader" Nancy Pelosi, California, "believes that ICE is at the wrong end of much was to many inhuman and unconstitutional practices that could go on without an immediate and fundamental revision, "said its spokesman, Drew Hammill
John Sandweg, who served as deputy ICE director in the Obama administration, said, the fierce criticism Morale is bad for ICE risks They were largely created by people trying to enforce the law without a political agenda.
The anti-secrecy organization WikiLeaks has published the names of thousands of ICE personnel along with personal information such as telephone numbers
On Saturday, Homeland Security Minister Kirstenen Nielsen appointed Ronald Vitiello deputy director of the ICE after his predecessor interim director Thomas Homan resigned Senate had announced in the spring.
"The men and women of ICE do as they are told," said Sandweg. Democrats he added, "Their beef is not with ICE – it's with Donald Trump."