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Duckworth on abolishing ICE: The problem is the president, not the agency

Greg Nash

Sen. Tammy Duckworth (D-Ill.) on Sunday said she does not support abolishing Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE).

“[ICE] reflects the policies of the White House, of the president,” Duckworth said on CNN’s “State of the Union.”

“If you abolish ICE now, you still have the same president with the same failed policies,” she said. “Whatever you replace it with is going to still reflect what this president wants to do.”

{mosads}Abolishing ICE is quickly becoming a test for Democrats following New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez’s surprise victory in a Democratic primary. Ocasio-Cortez, who ran her campaign partially on the platform, sparked a wave of Democratic lawmakers, including Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Kamala Harris (D-Calif.), to come out this week in support of abolishing ICE.

Though immigration activists have long rallied around dismantling the agency, the idea gained new ground this weekend during a rash of protests over President Trump’s “zero tolerance” immigration policy. The policy has drawn widespread criticism for leading to the separation of thousands of migrant families.

Duckworth, an outspoken advocate for immigration reform, participated in a protest on Capitol Hill on Thursday, criticizing the Trump administration’s policy of separating migrant families apprehended at the U.S.–Mexico border.

Holding her baby, the senator gave an impassioned speech at the demonstration, later telling CNN, “I could only imagine what it would be like to have my daughter — my breastfeeding child — ripped away from me the way some of these other moms’ babies have been.”

On Saturday, tens of thousands of protesters descended on the nation’s capital to demonstrate against the president’s immigration policies. Hundreds of “Families Belong Together” protests broke out in all 50 states, with many protesters calling for the elimination of ICE. 

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