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Offbeat 'Save ICE': White House launches full-scale defense of agency amid Dem calls to abolish

20:16  06 july  2018
20:16  06 july  2018 Source:   foxnews.com

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The Trump administration has launched launching a full - scale defense of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the face of growing Democratic calls to “ abolish ICE ” -- a slogan that was once limited to the far-left fringes of the party.

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Vice President Mike Pence greets Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, standing next to Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Ronald Vitiello at ICE headquarters on July 6, 2018, in Washington. © Jacquelyn Martin Vice President Mike Pence greets Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, standing next to Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Ronald Vitiello at ICE headquarters on July 6, 2018, in Washington. The Trump administration has launched a full-scale defense of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the face of growing Democratic calls to “abolish ICE” — a slogan that was once limited to the far-left fringes of the party.

“Calls to abolish ICE are an insult to these heroic law enforcement officers who make sacrifices every day to secure our borders, enforce our laws, and protect our safety and security,” the White House said in a press release Wednesday, which included the slogan: “Save ICE.”

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To save your interests across all devices Log In or Sign Up. The president's forceful defense of the agency comes as immigration advocates are expected to hold large rallies across the country Saturday over the family separation President Trump attacks Democrats over increasing calls to abolish ICE .

While once limited to protest placards and left-wing online activists, the calls to abolish the agency have ramped up in recent weeks in the wake of the controversy surrounding the administration’s “zero tolerance” policy on prosecuting all illegal border crossers. 

Sens. Elizabeth Warren, D-Mass., Bernie Sanders, I-Vt., and Kirsten Gillibrand, D-N.Y., all floated as possible 2020 presidential candidates, have backed the call to abolish or restructure the agency. 

"The president's deeply immoral actions have made it obvious we need to rebuild our immigration system from top to bottom starting by replacing ICE with something that reflects our morality and that works," Warren said on Saturday.

The White House issued a lengthy release:

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Official White House Twitter account attacks Senators Kamala Harris and Elizabeth Warren for wanting to abolish ICE . Trump resumes his defense of The president once again referred to an 'infestation' by criminal gangs. He pushed back on calls to abolish ICE , which handles enforces immigration.

“Abolishing ICE would mean open borders because it would eliminate the agency responsible for removing people who enter or remain in our country illegally, including drug dealers; gang members; and child molesters, rapists, and other sex offenders,” the release said.

It also provided figures as to ICE’s work every year, noting that ICE’s Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) arrested “more than 127,000 aliens with criminal convictions or charges.” ICE’s Homeland Security Investigations (HSI) meanwhile made 4,818 gang-related arrests in FY 2017 and seized more than 980,000 pounds of narcotics.

“Abolishing ICE would leave these drugs in our communities to cause more devastation,” the White House said.

Vice President Mike Pence greets Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, standing next to Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Ronald Vitiello at ICE headquarters on July 6, 2018, in Washington. © Jacquelyn Martin Vice President Mike Pence greets Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, standing next to Acting Director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement Ronald Vitiello at ICE headquarters on July 6, 2018, in Washington. Meanwhile, President Trump has been ratcheting up his rhetoric on Twitter about ICE.

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“Every day, the brave men and women of ICE are liberating communities from savage gangs like MS-13,” he tweeted Wednesday. “We will NOT stand for these vile Democrat smears in law enforcement. We will always stand proudly with the BRAVE HEROES of ICE and BORDER PATROL!”

“We protect ICE, they protect us and we protect them,” he said at a rally in Montana.

In addition to defending the agency, Trump appears to be relishing the idea that Democrats will embrace the “abolish ICE” push ahead of this year’s midterms and the 2020 presidential election — where many conservatives, and some Democrats, believe that it could spell electoral defeat in key swing states.

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“Well I hope they keep thinking about it. Because they’re going to get beaten so badly,” he told Fox News’ Maria Bartiromo on “Sunday Morning Futures.”

Vice President Mike Pence visited ICE headquarters on Friday. He was expected to praise agents and express the importance of the agency in the fight to secure the country’s borders and enforce immigration law.

But the pushback from the White House doesn’t appear to be stopping the "abolish ICE" movement from picking up vocal support.

“Now, it is time to do what Americans overwhelmingly want: abolish the cruel, dysfunctional immigration system we have today and pass comprehensive immigration reform,” Sanders tweeted on Tuesday, adding that that would involve “restructuring” agencies such as ICE.

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