The agents recommend that Homeland Security dismiss the departments of ICE charged with deporting most undocumented immigrants and instead focus on their Homeland Security Investigations team, which fights cybercrime, drug smuggling and human trafficking.
The U.S. Attorney's Office in OR issued a statement Thursday saying that federal officers look "law enforcement action" to reopen the Portland ICE facility on Southwest Macadam Avenue. On Tuesday, upstart progressive candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a 28-year-old middle class Latina from the Bronx, shocked the political world by unseating longtime Democratic Rep. Joe Crowley in a NY primary.
The question was posed to de Blasio following the Democratic primary results in New York's heavily-Democratic 14th Congressional District, which saw an upset victory from Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez.
The rapid escalation was years in the making. "The city of Portland does not enforce federal immigration law, and I have been clear that Portland police will not be used to break up a nonviolent occupation on federal property of a federal agency that has its own police force". Calls for its dissolution, once rare, are spreading. Kirstjen Nielsen to split off HSI to avoid confusion with Enforcement and Removal Operations, or ERO. Rep. Mark Pocan, Wisconsin Democrat, said he will introduce legislation to abolish the agency. Pramila Jayapal of Washington state and Adriano Espaillat of NY on legislation to eliminate the agency.
Robert Sperling, a Federal Protective Service spokesman, said authorities issued several verbal warnings via a loudspeaker, urging people to leave the premises. And these are the ones - you get rid of ICE you're going to have a country that you're going to be afraid to walk out of your house. "You're just kind of like, all right, this has gone way astray and we need to start over".
Leading progressives, like Sens.
"We should abolish ICE", he added.
"Recent calls to abolish ICE are dangerously misguided", agency spokeswoman Jennifer D. Elzea said in an email.
Homeland security investigators want out of ICE.
This week, activists picked up even more momentum.