Donald Trump slams Democrats' push to abolish ICE

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Hundreds of protests are planned across the country on Saturday to call for the reunification of immigrant families separated at the U.S. -Mexico border as part of the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" border policy.

"I am pleased that ICE will continue to be led by an experienced and well-respected career law enforcement officer who will be a strong advocate for the agency's workforce", Nielsen said in the statement, citing Vitiello's more than 30 years of experience.

In a following tweet, he says abolition will "never happen!"

He will lead ICE as the Trump administration deals with scrutiny over the separation of immigrant children from their relatives at the US southern border.

"I believe that [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] has become a deportation force ... and that's why I believe you should get rid of it, start over, reimagine it and build something that actually works", Gillibrand told CNN interviewers on Thursday evening. The demonstrators included Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who defeated the powerful Rep. Joseph Crowley in Tuesday's Democratic primary.

"I get calls regularly", Marin said earlier this month. "I did nothing wrong", he said.

Eighty-year-olds with "Abolish ICE" pins on their walkers joined families with babies in strollers in the "Families Belong Together" march, which started in Foley Square, the site of New York Immigration Court, and crossed Brooklyn Bridge to Cadman Plaza, near the federal courthouse. The debate over the agency's future follows the widespread outcry in recent weeks after the Trump administration separated more than 2,000 migrant children from their parents. More than 500 have already been reconnected with their families, the Department of Homeland Security announced last week. He added: "get rid of ICE you're going to have a country that you're going to be afraid to walk out of your house". They carried signs with slogans like "We are all immigrants" as they chanted "Love, not hate, makes America great".

The separation of more than 2,000 children from their parents and guardians at the U.S. -Mexico border has sparked global outrage and growing calls in the United States for the abolition of the immigration agency on the front lines of the dispute.

The agency has been a focal point of criticism amid Trump's hardline "zero tolerance" immigration policy, and has been met with a growing Democratic chorus calling for it to be eliminated.

At the Working Families Party, Stamp said she sees the activists taking a position that "offers space" to other Democrats activists know won't agree with them.

In a pair of tweets from his private golf club in Bedminister, New Jersey, Trump forcefully defended the performance of Immigration and Customs Enforcement and lambasted Democrats as pushing a "radical left" agenda to abolish it, even though only a handful have publicly supported doing so.

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.

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