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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 PocanProgressives divided over efforts to repeal SALT cap Left feels empowered after Biden backtracks on refugees NIH reverses Trump administration's ban on fetal tissue research MORE (D-Wis.) said in a statement. 

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"Unfortunately, President TrumpDonald TrumpTrump: LeBron James's 'racist rants' are divisive, nasty North Carolina man accused of fraudulently obtaining .5M in PPP loans Biden announces picks to lead oceans, lands agencies 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 BlumenauerOvernight Energy: Biden reportedly will pledge to halve US emissions by 2030 | Ocasio-Cortez, Markey reintroduce Green New Deal resolution Democrats offer competing tax ideas on Biden infrastructure Democrats have a growing tax problem with SALT MORE (Ore.), Jim McGovern (Mass.) and Pramila JayapalPramila JayapalOn The Money: Yellen touts 'whole-of-economy' plan to fight climate change | Senate GOP adopts symbolic earmark ban, digs in on debt limit House passes bill aimed at stopping future Trump travel ban Sanders, Jayapal introduce bill to make college tuition-free for many Americans 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.