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In recent weeks, Democrats in the House and Senate, along with progressive liberals like Cynthia Nixon in NY and most recently insurgent Democrat candidate for Congress, Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have been demanding ICE be abolished and all immigration enforcement be ended.

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

New York Senator Kirsten Gillibrand becomes the first sitting US senator to publicly call for the elimination of Immigration and Customs Enforcement; reaction and analysis on 'The Five'. Less than 30 percent of swing voters said they support the abolishment of ICE.

Singer John Legend serenaded the crowd and Democratic politicians who have clashed with Trump had strong words for the president, including U.S. Rep. Maxine Waters who called for his impeachment.

While Philadelphia is a so-called sanctuary city, officials had maintained that they would honor Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers as long as they included a criminal arrest order signed by a judge. "And we need to build into any new structure the ability for ICE as an agency or whatever the new agency is, to be accountable back to congress".

Thousands of protesters marched from Downtown Manhattan to Brooklyn on Saturday in support of migrant families who were separated when they entered the country illegally or seeking asylum.

"Referring to Schwab's description of the statements in question, ICE spokeswoman Liz Johnson told CNN, 'We disagree with Mr. Schwab on this issue and dispute his characterization".

Vitiello now serves as acting deputy commissioner of the U.S. Customs and Border Protection.

"It's important for this administration to know that these policies that rip apart families - that treat people as less than human, like they're vermin - are not the way of God, they are not the law of love", said the Rev. Julie Hoplamazian, an Episcopal priest marching in Brooklyn.

"It just seemed like two thugs coming to the door and threatening me", Schwab said.

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.

"I believe that it has become a deportation force", she said.

Ocasio's upset of Crowley, the fourth-ranking House Democrat, raised the question over whether her more liberal positions were indicative of a party shifting further to the left. "I think "Abolish ICE" is where it is today because of her leadership".

Immigrant advocacy groups say they're thrilled - and surprised - to see the issue gaining traction among those not tied to immigration.

Discussion over eliminating the agency has ramped up this week and, in some cases, is being linked to border issues and the separation of immigrant children from their families.

On Monday, Wisconsin Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin introduced the first-ever bill to abolish the immigration enforcement agency.