Trump: ICE protesters 'want anarchy'

Trump: ICE protesters 'want anarchy'
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President TrumpDonald John TrumpHR McMaster says president's policy to withdraw troops from Afghanistan is 'unwise' Cast of 'Parks and Rec' reunite for virtual town hall to address Wisconsin voters Biden says Trump should step down over coronavirus response MORE on Wednesday ripped activists who have in recent days protested outside Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) facilities after the Trump administration’s practice of separating migrant families.

“Left-wing activists are trying to block ICE officers from doing their jobs … putting these people and their families in harm's way,” Trump said during a rally in Fargo, N.D.

Trump also slammed activists for posting personal information of ICE agents online.

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The Washington Post reported this week that WikiLeaks was behind the publication of a database that revealed thousands of ICE employees’ identities, addresses and other information. 

Simultaneously, protests have broken out near ICE facilities in New York City, Washington, D.C., and Portland, Ore., in recent days.

“These radical Democrat protesters really want anarchy, but the only response they will find from our government is very strong law and order,” Trump said at the rally.

“Extremist Democrat politicians have called for complete elimination of ICE,” he added. “You know what would happen to parts of our country? It would be overrun.” 

Rep. Mark PocanMark William PocanClark rolls out endorsements in assistant Speaker race Hillicon Valley: Pentagon reaffirms decision to award JEDI contract to Microsoft | Schiff asks officials for briefing on election security threats Democrats explore new ways to resurrect election security briefings MORE (D-Wis.) introduced legislation earlier this week to abolish ICE, arguing the organization “can no longer accomplish its goals effectively."

While some Democrats have echoed Pocan’s concerns, several have voiced concerns with getting rid of the agency altogether. 

Sen. Angus KingAngus KingShakespeare Theatre Company goes virtual for 'Will on the Hill...or Won't They?' On The Trail: How Nancy Pelosi could improbably become president Angus King: Ending election security briefings 'looks like a pre-cover-up' MORE (I-Maine) said he supports examining the agency’s methods, but warned that it performs a necessary function.

ICE has been at the forefront of the Trump administration's controversial "zero tolerance" policy on illegal immigration. The policy, announced in April, led to the separation of thousands of migrant children from their parents.

Trump signed an executive order last week halting the separations after days of bipartisan outcry. The government has yet to announce a timetable for when children will be reunited with their parents.