CNN's Chris Cuomo interviewed the NY senator - a suspected contender for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 - and asked her how she feels about some of the more eye-catching proposals progressive candidates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have endorsed, such as abolishing ICE.
Fueling its sudden ascent have been a series of recent shocks to the system. Kamala Harris (D-CA) said, "We need to probably think about starting from scratch". "I have literally never seen Americans show up for immigrants like this", Jess Morales Rocketto, political director at the National Domestic Workers Alliance, said. "I know people aren't sympathetic to deportation officers, but they have a rough time with this too and I think more so under this administration".
The rapid escalation was years in the making.
Though other Democrats, including party leaders in the Senate and House, have not gone that far in their criticism, the debate over ICE has thrust an agency with 20,000 employees into the public spotlight after years of whiplash over the scope of its central mission since its founding in 2003. Calls for its dissolution, once rare, are spreading.
"(My concern is) that they don't have a plan.
Ice agents are under fire nationwide.
On Monday, Rep. Mark Pocan, D-Wis., said he would introduce legislation to eliminate the agency.
Leading progressives, like Sens.
Right-wing activists with the group Patriot Prayer also have a permit to march later in the day Saturday and the Portland Police Bureau said Friday they planned to have a heavy police presence. "Abolish ICE" was a popular sign on the Brooklyn Bridge and elsewhere around the country.
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Tammy Duckworth of Illinois, Sen. "On my side of things, I ask my colleagues, let's pass, finally, sensible immigration reform". The protest, which included 100 demonstrators and possibly just as many police, took place in the Hart Senate Office Building.
ICE was created within the newly formed Department of Homeland Security following the passage of the Homeland Security Act of 2002.
Activists and progressive leaders are pressing on, becoming more aggressive in their push to abolish the agency, an effort many in the movement view as both a way to open up the debate over decades of bipartisan US immigration policy and, crucially, win elections.
When asked how she would replace ICE, she responded bluntly, "Nothing". "So she just hammered him on it". She ran on the issue. "I think "Abolish ICE" is where it is today because of her leadership".
Angel Padilla, policy director at the grassroots group Indivisible, said ICE "terrorizes communities" and that Gillibrand's move "demonstrates where the progressive base is".
"Jesus was a refuge", she said.
Protests have already begun to grow in size and frequency. "I love that issue if they're going to actually do that".
Philadelphia City Council member Helen Gym recorded and tweeted out video of the scenes.
This aide said the party should focus on "the cruelty of the actions around family separations and some of the ridiculous tactics used by ICE to bully state and local governments" to comply with federal immigration detainers.
Immigration attorney Linda Rivas said groups have met with US authorities, congressional representatives and other leaders to discuss an escalating immigration crackdown that they say began decades ago.