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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) has brought the campaign to abolish ICE into the mainstream by adding her support to the cause. She is a prominent Democrat who is a possible 2020 presidential contender. Her support may encourage more high-profile politicians to back the idea.

President Donald Trump, however, is sure that ICE is not going to be abolished:

In In any case, it wouldn’t accomplish anything to abolish ICE.

ICE has two separate divisions, Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO) and Homeland Security Investigations (HSI).
ERO enforces the nation’s immigration laws. It identifies, arrests, and removes deportable aliens.

Reasons for abolishing ICE

Gillibrand has said:

"I believe that (ICE) has become a deportation force … and that's why I believe you should get rid of it.”

She also has said:

“We believe that we should protect families that need our help, and that is not what ICE is doing today, and that’s why I believe you should get rid of it, start over, reimagine it, and build something that actually works.”

She seems to be referring to ERO, which can be described as a “deportation force.” It is not apparent why she thinks that is a reason to abolish it, or why she thinks it should be protecting families who need our help.

Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) has said, ICE is “hunting down and tearing apart families.”

The Immigration and Nationality Act has provisions that provide relief from deportation, but none that provide a blanket waiver for deportable aliens who have families.

Read more at http://thehill.com/opinion/immigrati...abolishing-ice

Published originally on The Hill.

About the author. Nolan Rappaport was detailed to the House Judiciary Committee as an executive branch immigration law expert for three years; he subsequently served as an immigration counsel for the Subcommittee on Immigration, Border Security and Claims for four years. Prior to working on the Judiciary Committee, he wrote decisions for the Board of Immigration Appeals for 20 years.