Trump Rejects Calls To Abolish ICE: 'Zero Chance, It Will Never Happen!'

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

A makeshift tent city emerged here amid the turmoil surrounding President Trump's border crackdown and family separation policies, and for the 11 days the protesters had effectively shut down ICE's offices as they demanded the agency be abolished.

Trump's comments came as a growing number of Democrats call for ICE to be abolished - and as thousands gather around the country to protest his administration's hardline immigration policies.

The people occupying the area in front of the ICE headquarters were protesting the Trump administration's treatment of immigrants, including separating children from their parents at the southern border.

Fueling its sudden ascent have been a series of recent shocks to the system.

Sen. Kamala Harris, California Democrat, has said that the USA should consider "starting from scratch". On Tuesday, upstart progressive candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old middle class Latina from the Bronx, shocked the political world by unseating longtime Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in a NY primary. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio. "I love that issue if they're going to actually do that". Calls for its dissolution, once rare, are spreading.

What's that extra in my online cart? Soon, maybe a sales tax
Mitch Daniels' administration agreed not to seek the sales taxes in exchange for Amazon locating several warehouses in the state. Today's ruling says states can only collect on taxes from online retailers that sell more than $100,000 of goods in the state.

Last week, a group of 19 special agents who oversee ICE's Homeland Security Investigations unit sent a letter to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen, requesting she spin HSI off from ICE and establish "two separate and independent agencies". Concerns over the public backlash to actions by the Enforcement and Removal Operations division were, they wrote, making HSI's work impossible.

Even some ICE agents themselves have called for the agency to be dissolved.

Donald Trump, who has vilified law enforcement agencies, the intelligence community, the military, and veterans, leapt to ICE's defense via Twitter, and attacked Democrats for supporting the agency's abolishment. Pramila Jayapal of Washington state and Adriano Espaillat of NY on legislation to eliminate the agency.

Federal officials say they did not try to remove campers located at nearby sites off federal property and only cleared the driveway and entrances to Portland's ICE facility so it could reopen.

This is a stunning & unsurprising indictment of Trump's claimed objective behind the crackdown on "illegal immigration".

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