Published: Mon, July 02, 2018
Global Media | By Garry Long

'We care': Protesters of family separations flood U.S. cities

'We care': Protesters of family separations flood U.S. cities

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of NY told CNN last week that ICE has "become a deportation force" and that "you should get rid of it, start over, reimagine it and build something that actually works".

The officers suggested that ICE be dissolved and its work divided among two new separate agencies, one focused on HSI and one focused on Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO)-the unit which has enforced President Donald Trump's hardline immigration policy. New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) echoed her call Friday morning. "I love that issue if they're actually going to do that".

More than 700 planned marches are expected to draw hundreds of thousands of people across the country, from immigrant-friendly cities like Los Angeles and NY to conservative Appalachia and Wyoming under the banner Families Belong Together.

Protesters said they plan to stay in what remains of the tent city, and Thursday some were holding signs, blowing bubbles or playing music - Eazy-E and Wipers - aimed toward the federal officers.

"It has to be a unified front (in response to ICE)", Bermudez said, "because like when you have people chanting on the street, 'You will not replace us, ' they're not just talking about Jews".

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"Referring to Schwab's description of the statements in question, ICE spokeswoman Liz Johnson told CNN, 'We disagree with Mr. Schwab on this issue and dispute his characterization".

About 600 people arrested in DC protesting Donald Trump immigration policy
They came from all over the country, slept at friends' homes or in churches to risk arrest in Washington on Thursday. She was the first member of Congress to visit a federal prison where parents were separated from their children.

"Even the cops don't like us anymore, because they're listening to the news also", said an agent who spoke on the condition of anonymity.

"But the abolish ICE debate oversimplifies everything", the aide said.

Tweeting from New Jersey, Trump said that Democrats "are making a strong push to abolish ICE, one of the smartest, toughest and most spirited law enforcement groups of men and women that I have ever seen". But the family separation policy has been a watershed for attracting a broader spectrum of demonstrators, she said. "Zero chance, It will never happen!"

Several progressive Democratic candidates have made the abolishment of ICE a central platform of their campaigns, and a handful of incumbent Democrats have taken up the mantle as well.

And Acting ICE Director Tom Homan appeared on Fox & Friends, his favorite safe space, using the Annapolis shooting to argue that anti-ICE protesters "should be respecting law enforcement across the board", including ICE agents. Her jacket had "I really don't care".

For his part, President Trump unsurprisingly rejected any suggestion that he would entertain either notion. The heartless actions of this abused agency do not represent the values of our nation and the USA must develop a more humane immigration system, one that treats every person with dignity and respect. "I don't think ICE today is working as intended", she said, to Cuomo's apparent surprise.

Mr. Trump tweeted Sunday, "The Liberal Left, also known as the Democrats, want to get rid of ICE, who do a fantastic job, and want Open Borders".

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