United States immigration: what is Ice and why is it controversial?

In San Francisco, a small group of about a dozen people were stationed outside the local ICE offices in the downtown on Thursday, amid about two dozen tents and signs reading "F**k ICE" and "Defend the criminalized". The subject emerged following Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's stunning primary victory over Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley (D-NY). "But that doesn't mean you abolish ICE". It's short enough to fit on a bumper sticker - as does "Build the Wall", or "Abolish the IRS".

Voters, by a 60 to 36 percent margin, also said they disapprove of how Trump is handling the situation involving children who were separated from their parents at the border under the administration's "zero tolerance" policy.

President Donald Trump has encouraged Democrats to adopt the position. It also expresses the fear and outrage among immigrant communities who feel that ICE is terrorizing their neighborhoods.

Even so, 50 percent said Trump's immigration policies were based on a "sincere interest in controlling our borders", while 44 percent said they were based on "racist beliefs".

"Bernie calls for abolishing our entire immigration system, which is honestly way further to the left than exclusively abolishing ICE". "So whether you want ICE to do it or you want to go back to Immigration and Naturalization Services, whether you want the Federal Bureau of Investigation to do that - someone is going to enforce our federal immigration laws in this country", O'Rourke continued. They are tougher and smarter than these rough criminal elelments [sic] that bad immigration laws allow into our country.

'Dems do not appreciate the great job they do!' He concluded, then adding without explanation: 'Nov'.

Trump administration officials are saying crimes are connected to illegal mass-migration and human-trafficking. I think they'll never win another election.

"We tried to negotiate the opening of this door and we ended up making 7 arrests-didn't want to arrest anyone, but we had to,"Deputy Commissioner of Special Operations Dennis Wilson said". Eight-four percent - a huge number comprised of 94 percent of Republicans, 76 percent of Democrats, and 83 percent of independents - said that cities should be required to notify immigration authorities.

Perhaps no Trump policy has provoked more emotional reaction than the practice of separating illegal border crossers from the children they brought with them to the United States. But if a new poll is correct, it appears the Trump administration, after a damaging few weeks, has ended up squarely on the side of the majority.

The poll showed that 49 per cent of respondents thought Mr Trump was racist, while 47 per cent said he was not. "That's the problem; it's the Trump policy that's the problem at our border". It's why so many Democratic lawmakers refuse to jump on the "Abolish ICE" bandwagon.

At the state level, the protesters have called for Pennsylvania Gov. Tom Wolf to shut down the Berks Detention Center near Reading, where immigrants are routinely held as their cases move through the legal system.

Her colleague, Sen. Ben Cardin (D-Md.), ran from the question of whether he favored abolishing ICE when asked directly. Kamala Harris, another possible 2020 contender, did not.

  • Joey Payne