In a following tweet, he says abolition will "never happen!"
While Philadelphia is a so-called sanctuary city, officials had maintained that they would honor Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) detainers as long as they included a criminal arrest order signed by a judge. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) and New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) later in the week.
Several prominent Democrats who are mulling a bid for the White House in 2020 sought to bolster their progressive credentials this week by calling for major changes to immigration enforcement, with some pressing for the outright abolition of the federal government's chief immigration enforcement agency.
U.S. Rep. Mark Pocan claims the agency's practices under Republican President Donald Trump's administration have indelibly tarnished its reputation.
Such ideas might have been politically impossible for a sitting senator to articulate before the extraordinary victory of Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez in New York's Democratic primary. "And I think that you should separate the criminal justice from the immigration issues and I think you should reimagine ICE under a new agency with a very different mission". In recent weeks, a small number of Democrats have even called for ICE to be abolished altogether.
Cracks in the dam became visible 10 days ago, when a group of demonstrators confronted Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen at a Mexican restaurant in Washington.
"I think their priority right now is to get us off the ICE property so that the ICE building can continue to function, get people going in and out", Dorfman said.
The issue could be complicated for Democrats.
She was followed by Sen. "I don't think they're going to try and tear this whole thing down".
"They surprisingly gave us the option to leave, I said "yes" and hopped over the fence", he said.
Protesters said that their long-term goal was to abolish ICE, Ault reports.
"Just trying to stop ICE, really, and abolish that whole system, peacefully though", Kelly Bower, another protestor, said. "You know, ICE, these are the guys that go in and take MS-13, and they take them out".