Donald Trump defends ICE in face of Democratic pressure to abolish agency

Donald Trump is fighting Democratic pressure to abolish the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).
By Tyler MacDonald | Nov 19, 2018
President Donald Trump is defending the U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) amid calls from Democrats to abolish the agency.

"The Democrats are making a strong push to abolish ICE, one of the smartest, toughest and most spirited law enforcement groups of men and women that I have ever seen," Trump tweeted. "I have watched ICE liberate towns from the grasp of MS-13 & clean out the toughest of situations. They are great!"

It's not clear what Trump meant when he said that he ICE had "liberated" entire towns.

Democrats want the ICE disbanded following nationwide outcry over Trump's separation of immigrant children from their parents.

"The radical left Dems want you out," Trump said on Saturday. "Next it will be all police. Zero chance, It will never happen!"

"To the great and brave men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit," he said in another tweet. "You are doing a fantastic job of keeping us safe by eradicating the worst criminal elements. So brave! The radical left Dems want you out. Next it will be all police. Zero chance, It will never happen!"

Trump's defence of the agency comes at the same time as immigrant advocates are holding large rallies across the country due to the family separation controversy.

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