Five Arrested at Immigration Protest; Dallas ICE Offices

Armed federal officers surround Portland ICE facility to contain ongoing immigration protest

Both agencies are part of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE.

The Trump administration's crackdown on immigration has prompted some Democrats and activists on the left to call for ICE to be abolished.

Widely broadcast pictures of young children held in enclosures behind chain-link fences sparked protests across the US - with far larger demonstrations expected on Saturday - and worldwide outrage against Trump's "zero tolerance" policy.

Senator Kirsten Gillibrand of NY is among a growing number of mainstream elected officials now supporting the idea of getting rid of the agency created in the aftermath of the September 11th attacks. "If it's a binary choice and people think it's the end of immigration enforcement, that's not a good place for us to be".

"I'm not a radical, and I'm not an activist", Kate Sharaf, a co-organizer of a march in Portland, Oregon, said. When he resigned, he said that it was because he did not want to lie for Trump. But the family separation policy has been a watershed for attracting a broader spectrum of demonstrators, she said.

"It's much more aggressive in who it's going after throughout the country", said the Democrat whose district includes Iowa and Lafayette counties.

Since the Portland Occupy ICE encampment popped up here, tent cities like it have arisen near ICE buildings in larger cities, such as NY and Los Angeles.

And Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, whose shocking primary victory against incumbent Rep. Joe Crowley heralded a new progressive push in the Democratic party, has been a vocal advocate of abolishing the agency. Those are the ICE agents who investigate, detain and deport immigrants who have entered the country illegally.

Kirstjen Nielsen said in a statement. Less than 30 percent of swing voters said they support the abolishment of ICE.

Although American voters are sympathetic to immigrant families being separated at the border, they demand stronger border security and immigration enforcement.

Alarmed by the rhetoric, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus, which has been critical of Trump's immigration agenda, developed talking points to emphasise the "inhumane and harsh" treatment of immigrants by ICE.

Furthermore, Congress is not giving President Trump the necessary funding for ICE agents to do their job to the best of their ability.

Whatever the details, the focus on ICE could cause problems for some potential candidates with more conservative records on immigration.

Republicans are casting progressive calls to abolish the agency and the recent momentum in the Democratic Party as a move to the far left, evidence that Democrats are weak on border security and immigration enforcement.

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