US representative from Wisconsin proposes dismantling of ICE

Clay Curtis
July 1, 2018

A loose but emerging coalition of politicians, activists and pro-immigrant protesters has deployed posters and slogans in its calls for the dismantling of the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, which critics say has treated some would-be immigrants cruelly and unfairly.

The office was established only 15 years ago, a move meant to help "protect national security and strengthen public safety", in response to the September 11, 2001 attacks, as the agency's website says.

When CNN's Van Jones asked James Schwab, a former spokesman for ICE's San Francisco division, if he believes the agency should be abolished or shut down, Schwab said, "It just doesn't make sense to me".

Presumably, those lamentable practices include incidents like one in Kansas City, Missouri, where an ICE agent assaulted an immigration lawyer who was reuniting a child kidnapped by the Trump administration with her mother. (ICE also mislabels some immigrants as gang members in order to deport them.) Along with the hosts' efforts, guests on the network lie and mislead about immigration issues to defend the agency's critical role in President Donald Trump's agenda of implementing mass deportations.

Immigration attorney Linda Rivas said groups have met with US authorities, congressional representatives and other leaders to discuss an escalating immigration crackdown that they say began decades ago. "They were threatening our family members", one officer said, declining to elaborate.

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The protest group #OccupyICEPDX set up the encampment on June 17 and federal officials were forced to close the office for business for nine straight days.

The line of officers was met with some yelling from protesters, which included expletives.

Occupy ICE movements have popped up in various cities, including New York City, Los Angeles and Detroit, in opposition to the immigration policies.

"Acting Director Homan will be greatly missed in his well-earned (second) retirement", Nielsen said in her statement. Protesters here said they were aware that the way they respond to raids will be watched by those other camps. He added: "get rid of ICE you're going to have a country that you're going to be afraid to walk out of your house". "We're participating in passive resistance". But the family separation policy has been a watershed for attracting a broader spectrum of demonstrators, she said.

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