The crowd at President Trump’s rally in Ohio broke out into a chant of “ICE, ICE, ICE” after the president offered support for Immigration and Customs Enforcement officers.

“We’re protecting American workers, supporting American law enforcement — including ICE,” Trump said. “We love ICE.”

The crowd then began chanting “ICE” before shifting to “build that wall,” a common refrain at the president’s rallies during his 2016 campaign.


“We’re building that wall,” Trump then said. “We’ve already started.”

“We’re doing a lot of things people don’t even know about,” he added, to cheers from the crowd.

Some Democrats, including freshly minted liberal upstart Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, have called for ICE to be abolished, criticizing it for overly aggressive deportation efforts. Calls to do so picked up during the controversy surrounding the separations of parents from their children at the U.S.-Mexico border earlier this summer.

The push has led to support for ICE from conservatives. 

Trump was in Ohio to help Republican Troy Balderson ahead of a special election for a House seat on Tuesday. The GOP-friendly district has long been in Republican hands, but polls show Balderson in a tight race with Democrat Danny O’Connor.

Trump talked about the “heroes” of ICE who are fighting criminals and the MS-13 gang in the United States, arguing that a vote for O’Connor was a vote “for open borders.”

Trump has placed stricter immigration policies at the forefront of his administration, including his promise to build a wall on the U.S.-Mexico border and have Mexico pay for it. Mexico has said that it will not pay for the wall.

Trump this week threatened to shut down the government if Congress did not provide funding for the wall.

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