Feds sweep protesters from front of SW Portland ICE building

Attorney Andrea Martinez was trying to reunite Kenia Bautista Mayorga, 23 with her three-year-old son Noah before the pair were deported to Honduras

Feds sweep protesters from front of SW Portland ICE building

As the demand to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) spreads across the country-and with community members building protest encampments outside ICE facilities in several cities this week-some officers with the 15-year-old agency have now added their voices to the growing call to dissolve it.

"We are enforcing the laws that they enacted and they want to vilify us for doing it", the native New Yorker said, criticizing the senator for falsely claiming ICE is separating families at the southern border.

ICE had no official comment, but Buch said the idea would be similar to the Federal Bureau of Investigation and DEA under the U.S. Justice Department, with each having different leadership and missions.

In a series of tweets, Trump praised the agency as "one of the smartest, toughest and most spirited law enforcement groups of men and women that I have ever seen". "So fearless! The radical left Dems want you out".

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In a following tweet, he says abolition will "never happen!" Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) have in common with almost 20 U.S. "I believe that it has become a deportation force, and I think you should separate the criminal justice from the immigration issues", Gillibrand, a potential 2020 presidential contender, said on "Cuomo PrimeTime". "The separation of immigrants, children from their parents, and now the detention of whole families indefinitely is inhumane, and there is no legal or ethical way to justify it", an Occupy ICE protester told the Free Press Wednesday . In January 2017, the president signed an executive order to increase the agency's staffing by a further 10,000 employees.

Progressives and those on the far-left have long urged ICE to be abolished, but the rallying cry broke into the Democratic mainstream this week following Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez's upset victory in New York's 14th congressional district.

The calls to dismantle ICE have picked up steam in recent days, with Rep. "I have watched ICE liberate towns from the grasp of MS-13 & clean out the toughest of situations". Democratic Representatives Mark Pocan and Pramila Jayapal introduced a bill into the House last week calling for the abolishment of the agency along with a commission to explore alternative solutions.

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