"It stokes fear. It has to go".
The separation of more than 2,000 children from their parents and guardians at the U.S. -Mexico border has sparked global outrage and growing calls in the United States for the abolition of the immigration agency on the front lines of the dispute.
ROSE: Tameem Fructer (ph) wanted to send a message to the agents on the front line of the Trump administration's immigration crackdown.
And on Tuesday the high profile election of insurgent socialist candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez added fuel to the movement, thanks to her outspoken support for the policy.
Trump tweeted Saturday morning from New Jersey that Democrats "are making a strong push to abolish ICE, one of the smartest, toughest and most spirited law enforcement groups of men and women that I have ever seen".
The White House has not commented on Vitiello or a permanent replacement.
Upping the ante, Trump tweeted that all law enforcement is in the Democrats' cross-hairs.
Schwab also defended ICE agents during an interview on "The Van Jones Show", which airs at 7 p.m., ET, on Sunday, saying, "These are parents themselves".
The agents recommend that Homeland Security dismiss the departments of ICE charged with deporting most undocumented immigrants and instead focus on their Homeland Security Investigations team, which fights cybercrime, drug smuggling and human trafficking.
Protesters said they plan to stay in what remains of the tent city, and Thursday some were holding signs, blowing bubbles or playing music - Eazy-E and Wipers - aimed toward the federal officers. But local organizers are shouldering on-the-ground planning, many of them women relying on informal networks established during worldwide women's marches on Trump's inauguration and its anniversary.
Homeland security investigators want out of ICE. They say eight people were arrested.
Gillibrand explained that the USA should be working instead to protect families that need help, "and that is not what ICE is doing today, and that's why I believe you should get rid of it, start over, reimagine it and build something that actually works".
ROBINETTE: I don't think the timing is correct right now, think there's too many things going on, all the rhetoric that you're getting from the left on dissolving ICE. According to Trump, the abolition of ICE "will never happen".
"I'm not a radical, and I'm not an activist", said Kate Sharaf, a Portland co-organizer.
"The president's deeply immoral actions have made it obvious: We need to rebuild our immigration system from top to bottom, starting by replacing ICE with something that reflects our morality and that works", Warren said.