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.
Trump, in a pair of Twitter messages on Saturday morning ahead of the announcement, accused Democrats of wanting to abolish the agency - a handful do, and want a new agency in its place - and following that, "all police", and concluded, "Zero chance".
Here's what President Trump tweeted: "To the great and courageous men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit".
Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) told CNN's Chris Cuomo on Thursday, "I believe you should get rid of [ICE], start over, reimagine it, and build something that actually works". Meanwhile, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's stance that ICE should be abolished has gained prominence since her longshot victory in Tuesday's Democratic congressional primary over U.S. Rep. Joe Crowley in NY.
On Capitol Hill, Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin is now working with fellow Democratic Reps. Multiple candidates for prominent elected positions have endorsed the movement, including New York congressional nominee Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a Democratic Socialist who ran on the issue leading up to her upset primary win over Rep. Joe Crowley (D-NY). "I think "Abolish ICE" is where it is today because of her leadership".
His proposal would create a commission, the goal of which would be to issue recommendations to Congress and identify the essential functions of ICE that can be returned to other federal agencies.
ICE operates under Nielsen's Department of Homeland Security. 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".
An estimated 30,000 protesters marched from Manhattan to Brooklyn with pins and signs that read, "Abolish ICE", joining more than 700 other rallies across the United States organized by the Families Belong Together-Freedom for Immigrants March.
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. Tweeting Saturday from New Jersey, Trump urged ICE agents to "not worry or lose your spirit" and wrote that "the radical left Dems want you out". "Even if they don't say 'abolish ICE, ' they can't not address it". "You are doing a fantastic job of keeping us safe by eradicating the worst criminal elements". "'Oh, you guys are just separating families'". In interviews with multiple outlets, she has said the government "maybe" or "probably" should "start from scratch" on an immigration enforcement agency.
During my trip to the southern border, it was clear that ICE, and its actions of hunting down and tearing apart families, has wreaked havoc on far too many people. So courageous! The radical left Dems want you out.