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The GOP was badly divided over Trump's policy to end deportation protection for DREAMers - immigrants in the country illegally who were brought to the US when they were children - and his now-reversed practice of separating children from their parents at the border.

Cristobal Alex, president of the Latino Victory Project, a political action group that backs pro-immigration candidates, rejected ICE as a "litmus test". It is an expensive, abusive, and unnecessary agency. The city has asked ICE to get a judicial order to enforce such detainers, a step in the process the Trump administration refuses to follow.

Meanwhile, Republicans were unable to pass their own compromise immigration bill in a vote on the floor of the House of Representatives last week.

Voters split 58 to 40 percent in their disapproval of Trump's immigration approach in August 2017, Quinnipiac noted. Deportations increased more than tenfold between 1990 and 2011. "We need to abolish cages and recognize the dignity and humanity of every migrant".

In April, the Intercept obtained 1,224 complaints of sexual and physical abuse in immigration detention centers.

Trump, who has insisted that any immigration legislation includes money for a border wall and the end of certain legal immigration programs, has sought to blame Democrats, complaining they are unwilling to find a solution on immigration because they want to campaign on the issue.

"We send ICE in, and for ICE it's just another day like Phil, and John, and Keegan - all of the guys, and Bubba".

Sanders criticized the separations policy, the lack of protections for undocumented people who arrived in the country as children, and the practice of deporting people who have lived in the US for a long time. In fact, ICE has nothing to do with family separation.

Almost 500 people participated in the protest, including clergy and American Civil Liberties Union observers. This essentially makes ICE, and its $3.8 billion annual budget, redundant.

That the Democratic Party is going down this path - and it is nearly becoming a litmus test now - tells you a lot about who the Democratic Party thinks is its base these days.

It was unclear which of the agency's operations, if any, had been disrupted by the protest. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen.

This is a big deal. More moderate Democrats understand that allowing their radical left arm to drive the agenda on this issue would be political suicide. It employs more than 20,000 people. Roughly 2.9 million people were deported on Barack Obama's watch.

"We should be prioritizing the protection of families and our borders in a humane and thoughtful way".

This new push by liberals is unusually on point.

In recent months, ICE carried out a number of high-profile raids. Take the Women's March, for example. But they seemed an very bad lot like disgruntled Hillary Clinton fans, mad that their candidate lost. They want to keep people out. ICE does the same thing for the interior of the country. But, as MSNBC host Chris Hayes tweeted, "you don't need an agency devoted to unauthorized immigration to apprehend violent criminals". A year ago, they attempted to stop a human trafficking ring in Oakland, California. "We are not abandoning our law enforcement, it's just the opposite", the US President said.

People often claim the left loves big government.