Trump attacks Democrats, defends ICE in Saturday morning tweets


"These radical protesters want ANARCHY - but the only response they will find from our government is LAW AND ORDER!"

That idea was the topic of two Saturday morning tweets from Trump, who reassured "the courageous men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit" and said they were doing a "fantastic job".

An ICE spokesman could not be reached for comment on this story, but during a stop in North Dakota this week, Trump warned that if ICE were eliminated, the country would be "overrun with the worst criminal elements you have ever seen".

Speaking in an interview with Fox News' Maria Bartiromo that is to air Sunday, the president also said he believed calls to abolish ICE would result in Democrat losses at the polls.

Right-wing activists with the group Patriot Prayer also have a permit to march later in the day Saturday and the Portland Police Bureau said Friday they planned to have a heavy police presence.

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Maria Svart, the group's national director, said the organization is ready to "apply pressure wherever possible to lift up the narrative that ICE is horrific, has no place in our communities and needs to be abolished". Ocasio-Cortez defeated a 10-term incumbent when she toppled lifelong Democrat Joe Crowley in a contest over New York City's 14th congressional district earlier this week, and was quick to demand change from the party leadership, calling for articles of impeachment to be drawn up against President Trump as well as pushing to abolish ICE, the Inquisitr reports.

Though other Democrats, including party leaders in the Senate and House, have not gone that far in their criticism, the debate over ICE has thrust an agency with 20,000 employees into the public spotlight after years of whiplash over the scope of its central mission since its founding in 2003.

"I join those outraged by ICE actions separating parents from their children, and support peaceful protest to give voice to our collective moral conscience", Wheeler said in the statement. Activists here had called for a shutdown of the nation's detention centers, immediate reunification of children with their families, asylum for all immigrant parents detained trying to enter the United States, and the abolition of ICE. Deportations fell from a high of 434,000 in 2013 to 344,000 in 2016.

Ronald D. Vitiello takes over from Thomas D. Homan, who had been the acting chief since the start of the Trump administration. ICE is under scrutiny as President Trump's "zero-tolerance" policies at the southern border have led to family separations, ultimately sparking nationwide protests Saturday.

U.S. Attorney General Jeff Sessions recently stated, "The president often says a country without borders, is not a country".

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Republicans and immigration hardliners have welcomed the Democratic shift on the issue, believing that it spells electoral victory for the GOP outside of Democratic enclaves like NY and California. "I'm here for the long haul", she said.

Yet other Democrats fear that such a position is fraught for the party as Trump continues to paint immigrants as risky to put his political rivals on the defensive. We need to separate immigration issues from criminal justice. "And we need to build into any new structure the ability for ICE as an agency or whatever the new agency is, to be accountable back to congress. Every agency has to have an enforcement branch; immigration is no exception", Yale-Loehr said.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D., N.Y.), who has been frequently touted as a potential 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, became the most high-profile elected official to call for abolishing ICE during a Thursday appearance on CNN's "Cuomo Prime Time".

"But the abolish ICE debate oversimplifies everything", the aide said. If you get rid of it, then what?

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