Protest Encampment Cleared at ICE Building in Portland

An encampment with the Occupy ICE movement grew in June 2018 in front of Portland's US Immigration and Customs Enforcement field offices

Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) and New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio.

Homan was already planning to retire more than a year ago, when President Donald Trump asked him to stay on as the acting director of ICE. "ICE has lost trust". 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. This came on the same day as a protest in downtown Dallas of family separations at the U.S. -Mexico border.

Be smart: "Abolish ICE" is the ideal antithesis to Trump's "Build a wall": It represents an entire immigration ideology in one simple phrase that resonates with their base.

The issue is getting traction after this week's surprise upset by 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who made "Abolish ICE" a central tenet of her campaign against Rep. Joe Crowley, who had been the king of Queens.

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Nelini Stamp, the national organizing director for the Working Families Party, one of many progressive groups that ratcheted up its activity after Trump's election, called it a "critical moment" in the early maneuverings for 2020.

I'm introducing legislation that would abolish ICE and crack down on the agency's blanket directive to target and round up individuals and families.

"I'm hoping that decent human beings come together, and enough is enough, we're taking out country back over, that evil is not going to prevail", said Patricia Carlan, a grandmother of nine from Danville, Indiana, among hundreds who gathered at her state's capital.

He continued by offering ICE agents a word of encouragement.

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U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan claims the agency's practices under Republican President Donald Trump's administration have indelibly tarnished its reputation. The order also vastly expanded Ice's immigration enforcement powers, enabling agents to target essentially any undocumented migrant in the country.

His departure comes at a tricky time for ICE, which is now facing calls from immigrant-rights activists and some congressional Democrats that it be disbanded.

The agency is under mounting pressure amid a string of recent developments that have put ICE in a less-than-flattering light. "ICE is simply not doing that", Blumenauer said in a statement.

"I am pleased that ICE will continue to be led by an experienced and well-respected career law enforcement officer who will be a strong advocate for the agency's workforce".

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She likened the situation to what followed the white supremacist rallies last summer in Charlottesville, Virginia. "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".

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