Arrests made as groups rally in Hartford to abolish ICE, detention centers

Trump defends ICE as thousands gather around US to protest his immigration policy

"We can envision a blueprint for alternatives to detention" of the undocumented, the organizer said.

The Trump administration has launched launching a full-scale defense of Immigration and Customs Enforcement in the face of growing Democratic calls to "abolish ICE" - a slogan that was once limited to the far-left fringes of the party. "If not, just open the floodgates". "It's time to reform and refocus the agency under the DHS to be exclusively focused on border security and ensuring those who intend to immigrate to our country have a compassionate system that allows for a fair process to be followed".

If it's a useful slogan for Democrats, why are Republicans thrilled? And a few counties - including San Diego and Orange - and some cities have voted to support the Federal lawsuit. It is also the southernmost competitive House seat in the state of California, the epicenter of the Trump resistance movement.

Until this past weekend, immigration was largely a political problem for Republicans.

39 cities, 364 counties and three states have adopted some sort of sanctuary policy.

Trump has suggested that Democrats in Congress who speak out against the immigration agency will pay a political price in November's midterm elections.

Those were the five words most often used by US voters to describe President Donald Trump's now-discontinued policy of separating children from their parents when they crossed the USA border from Mexico in search of asylum, according to a new Quinnipiac University poll.

The coalition behind the protest has called for the outright abolition of ICE, whose broad mandate extends beyond the current immigration clash into Homeland Security Investigations of human rights violations and other matters of national security. Sens. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY), Kamala Harris (D-NY), and Liz Warren (D-MA) have all recently called for abolishing ICE. Like the way they play golf - they go, they play. "They can not be ordered by the White House to basically ignore their mission and the law, and that's what's happening". "You must not know what ICE really does", the White House said in a tweet that included a link to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement release about the removal of a Salvadoran MS-13 affiliate.

The Hartford protest is part of a series of action across the country in recent days aimed at disrupting ICE and President's Trump's immigration policies.

"It's just politics", said Clint Phillips, a longtime resident in his mid-60s.

"As an immigrant and a refugee, Congresswoman Murphy believes our immigration policy should keep us safe, strengthen our economy, and be consistent with our values-the same values that made it possible for her own family to seek opportunity, work hard, and pursue a better life in this country".

The mayor, who has held plenty of high-profile news conferences in City Hall to decry President Trump's zero tolerance on immigration, was nowhere to be found as police officers used bikes to push down beach umbrellas and other encampment equipment. "This Administration is attacking immigrants on a multitude of fronts and we must resist on all of them".

"When it comes to the separation of immigrant kids from their parents, American voters are clearly appalled", he said.

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