Police break up encampment outside Philly ICE office

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The new liberal rallying cry raises more questions than it answered.

President Donald Trump has defended "tough" agents of the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement amid mounting calls for the agency to be abolished. The subject emerged following Democratic socialist Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's stunning primary victory over Democratic Caucus Chair Joe Crowley (D-NY). Senators Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand, his potential opponents for the Democratic nomination, have both come out in favor of abolishing ICE. And the Bay Area has been one of the many Ground Zeros for the anti-ICE movement, with many similar movements in New York, Philadelphia, Cleveland and Florida.

But let's assume for a moment that some people get their way and ICE is abolished. It's short enough to fit on a bumper sticker - as does "Build the Wall", or "Abolish the IRS".

Trump won West Virginia by 42 points over Democrat Hillary Clinton, a fact he mentioned approximately 30 seconds into remarks that veered far from a script about honoring military service and providing services to veterans.

Finally, local police also fear the community will stop reporting and cooperating with crime-fighting efforts if police and ICE become indistinguishable. Any of them, along with local law enforcement, can be tasked with tracking down potentially risky illegal immigrants. "Trump and his administration have made the agency so toxic that it's time to abolish ICE, and start over".

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"The problem you have with ICE is they're there to be law enforcement and the reason so many of them are either quitting or being so critical, they're being told to do something else", Leahy said Friday. "They want to send people home who just cross the border, and they don't see asylum as just having violence in a country, but really asylum being for people who are being politically persecuted", he said. They are tougher and smarter than these rough criminal (elements) that bad immigration laws allow into our country.

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

Asked who is more to blame for the lack of civility - President Trump or the Democratic party - 47 percent of voters blamed Trump, while 37 percent think the Democrats are at fault. "We got to change the policy of this administration". Deputy Commissioner of Special Operations Dennis Wilson said, "We are protecting their right to protest as well as trying to keep the streets open and trying access to this building". "We will NOT stand for these vile Democrat smears in law enforcement".

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. 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. But at the heart of much of the furore is a belief that this is the government agency that is separating families at the US-Mexico border.

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