Dem lawmaker introduces bill to abolish ICE

Dem lawmaker introduces bill to abolish ICE
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A Democratic lawmaker on Monday introduced legislation to abolish U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), citing the Trump administration's handling of the agency. 

"From conducting raids at garden centers, and meatpacking plants, to breaking up families at churches and schools, ICE is tearing apart families and ripping the moral fabric of our nation," Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanHouse backs resolution expressing support for ICE House GOP reverses, cancels vote on Dem bill to abolish ICE This week: GOP mulls vote on ‘abolish ICE’ legislation MORE (D-Wis.) said in a statement. 

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"Unfortunately, President TrumpDonald John TrumpNFL freezes policy barring players from protesting during anthem McConnell spokesman on Putin visit: 'There is no invitation from Congress' Petition urges University of Virginia not to hire Marc Short MORE and his team of white nationalists, including Stephen Miller, have so misused ICE that the agency can no longer accomplish its goals effectively," he continued.  

Pocan introduced the measure after traveling to the southern border last week.

"During my trip to the southern border, it was clear that ICE, and its actions of hunting down and tearing apart families, has wreaked havoc on far too many people," he said. 

Pocan is one of several congressional Democrats, including Reps. Earl BlumenauerEarl BlumenauerDems introduce bill to eliminate ICE, shift duties elsewhere 'Paws for Celebration' event brings rescue animals to the Capitol The farm bill fails animals in need MORE (Ore.), Jim McGovern (Mass.) and Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalOvernight Health Care: Novartis pulls back on drug price hikes | House Dems launch Medicare for All caucus | Trump officials pushing ahead on Medicaid work requirements House Dems launching Medicare for All Caucus Sparks fly at hearing on anti-conservative bias in tech MORE (Wash.), to call for abolishing ICE. 

The Hill has reached out to ICE for comment. 

The calls to abolish the agency come as the Trump administration continues to face backlash for its handling of immigrants at the southern border. 

Trump last week caved to public pressure and signed an executive order to end family separations that resulted from his administration's "zero tolerance" immigration policy.