Ronald D. Vitiello named new ICE chief

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Calls to "abolish ICE" are growing louder as prominent Democrats, like Sen.

A former top Border Patrol official was tapped Saturday to be the acting chief of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement.

Several progressive Democratic candidates have made the abolishment of ICE a central platform of their campaigns, and a handful of incumbent Democrats have taken up the mantle as well.

Officers will not clear the main encampment, because it is not on federal property, Sperling said, noting that his agency hopes to get ICE workers back at their desks by sometime next week.

"To the great and courageous men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit", the president tweeted.

His proposal would create a commission, the objective of which would be to issue recommendations to Congress and identify the essential functions of ICE that can be returned to other federal agencies.

"Occupy ICE" camps have also been set up in several US states.

Stephen Yale-Loehr, a professor at Cornell University Law School who has written extensively on immigration law, told USA TODAY earlier this week that ICE isn't going anywhere soon.

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On Saturday, Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen announced that acting CBP Deputy Commissioner Ronald Vitiello would take over as acting director of ICE in Homan's stead. "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".

President Donald Trump recently reversed course and signed an executive order aimed at keeping undocumented families together following public outcry over the separation of parents and children at the border. "If people are willing to show up in the streets for something, they're going to vote for it".

At the Working Families Party, Stamp said she sees the activists taking a position that "offers space" to other Democrats activists who won't agree with them.

"But the abolish ICE debate oversimplifies everything", the aide said.

He later tweeted that he never pushed House Republicans to vote for immigration overhaul measures that failed last week, contradicting a post three days ago in which he urged GOP congressional members to pass them.

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As a result, children were separated from their families and held first in "processing centers", then in shelters.

On Monday, Wisconsin Democratic Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin introduced the first-ever bill to abolish the immigration enforcement agency.