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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.

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.

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.

Gillibrand and de Blasio's comments came in reference to Tuesday's primary win by progressive, Democratic Socialist candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who is one of many on the left who believe the agency should be dismantled.

Progressive immigration rights activists - during both Republican and Democratic administrations - have come to view ICE as a rogue agency that terrorized immigrant communities. "The radical left Dems want you out".

Authorities in California on Friday said they have charged a 10-year-old boy's mother and her boyfriend with murder and torture following the child's death earlier this month.

He added, "We should abolish ICE".

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But a Trump tweet this morning showed how easy the issue will be to demagogue: "To the great and fearless men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit".

In Washington and across the country, thousands of people rallied to oppose the Trump administration's draconian immigration policies, including in Portland where dozens of protesters set up a protest camp next to an ICE facility. "You are doing a fantastic job of keeping us safe by eradicating the worst criminal elements".

John Sandweg, who served as acting ICE director in the Obama administration, said the fierce criticism of ICE risked further harming morale in an agency made up largely of employees who are trying to enforce the laws without a political agenda.

Their focus, Alex said, should be on "stopping the long-standing culture of corruption" in USA immigration policy and "the appalling practices" of the Trump administration, not on a move that by itself "amounts to rebranding".

The agency is under mounting pressure amid a string of recent developments that have put ICE in a less-than-flattering light.

Republican politicians and attendant strategists seem to be welcoming this latest shift in the Democratic party paradigm, sensing that it may cause further internal fracture as well as form as a winning wedge for them with American voters, particularly those voters living outside of strong blue enclaves such as California and NY. "We wish Tom and his family all the best and know they will remain part of the DHS family".