Abolish ICE? No, say these two vulnerable Florida Democrats

Alexandria Ocasio Cortez celebrated Tuesday after beating longtime Bronx Rep. Joseph Crowley in a primary election seen as a challenge to the Democratic Party leadership

On Tuesday, he was confronted by an activist at a rally in Rosenberg, outside Houston. But the policy resulted in an estimated 2,400 children being separated from the adults who illegally brought them into the country. Adam Smith, D-Bellevue, and Pramila Jayapal, D-Seattle, are working on legislation that would eventually shutter ICE after working out how to fold its functions into other agencies.

This transcript has been lightly edited for clarity.

In January 2017, the president signed an executive order to increase the agency's staffing by 10,000 employees.

Democrats also want the administration to be able to process illegal immigrants flooding the border more swiftly.

He concluded in a third tweet: "Congress - FIX OUR INSANE IMMIGRATION LAWS NOW!"

While some Democrats have warned that campaigning on the issue is asking for trouble in the upcoming midterms, others have embraced getting rid of the agency.

In a statement, Sanders said although he voted in 2002 against the creation of the Department of Homeland Security and the establishment of ICE, it's time to pass comprehensive immigration reform. But there will still have to be enforcement of our immigration laws in this country. And, you know, what I would say about this, Michel, is that there was enforcement of immigration laws before ICE, and there will be after ICE. It is still possible, indeed necessary, to reform our broken immigration system without either open borders or orphaning children.

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O'Rourke: First and foremost, Congress has to take up the responsibility of rewriting our immigration laws to reflect the reality on the ground, to reflect our interests, to reflect our values.

Be proactive - Use the "Flag as Inappropriate" link at the upper right corner of each comment to let us know of abusive posts. Sixty-four percent (83 percent of Republicans, 47 percent of Democrats, and 66 percent of independents) said they should be sent home. "Most ICE offices and programs have a role in preventing terrorism". I want to make sure that they can contribute to their maximum potential as US citizens. "I do not want that to come at the price of their parents, the original Dreamers", O'Rourke told KUT. Several are on the front lines of this effort, either identifying risky persons before they enter the US or finding them as they violate immigration or customs laws.

The poll further found that about half of voters believe it should be easier for people to legally immigrate to the United States, compared to about a third who said it should be harder.

"When it comes to the separation of immigrant kids from their parents, American voters are clearly appalled", he said.

"ICE's continued existence is politically nonviable", said Anlin Wang, a member of Philly Democratic Socialists of America and Reclaim Philadelphia. "These guys they walk in to those areas, they take them out of there so fast - they're not afraid of anything", the president added.

Americans are squarely divided along partisan lines on Trump's stance on immigration: Eighty-one percent of Republicans said they approve of his handling of the issue while 84 percent of registered Democrats said they disapprove.

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