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.
Across the nation, ICE has never seemed more visible as anger continues over the separation of families under the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy.
Calls to abolish ICE had previously been limited to certain groups on the left, but the idea has gained traction among mainstream Democrats in recent days and has quickly become a de-facto litmus test of a politician's progressive chops.
Sen. Kamala Harris (D-CA), another possible 2020 Democratic candidate, made similar comment last week during an MSNBC interview, saying that the government should "probably think about starting from scratch" with immigration enforcement. Kirsten Gillibrand and Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old socialist who surprisingly won a House primary this week.
"Acting Director Homan will be greatly missed in his well-earned (second) retirement", Nielsen said in her statement. "Portland Police Bureau officers recognized the need to assist motorists in identifying alternative routes around road closures due to actions related to Occupy ICE PDX", said the Portland Police Bureau on its presence around the ICE building. "We know that when people have a outcome for illegal activity they do less of it and that's what we're trying to accomplish here". "And I think you should separate out the criminal justice from the immigration issues. So I beg everyone, please release these children, give my son back to me", she said through an interpreter, weeping. Bernie Sanders of Vermont and Elizabeth Warren of MA, have stopped short of calling for ICE to be terminated outright and the Congressional Hispanic Caucus has circulated talking points advising caution - arguing in a memo obtained by CNN that "abolishing ICE without changing President Trump's disastrous immigration policy will not solve the problem".
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He said Trump has done more for the safety and security of the country than any of the six presidents he has worked under.
CBS has identified the men as agents from the Department of Homeland Security inspector general's office.
Though many who show up to the rallies across the country were seasoned anti-Trump demonstrators, others were new to immigration activism, including parents who say they feel compelled to show up after heart-wrenching accounts of children forcibly taken from their families as they crossed the border illegally.