Trump says he has 'watched ICE liberate towns from the grasp of MS-13' in Saturday morning tweetstorm
- President Donald Trump lambasted Democrats on Saturday morning regarding calls to abolish the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency.
- Trump claimed that he has seen "ICE liberate towns from the grasp of MS-13 & clean out the toughest of situation."
- Trump told ICE officials to "not worry or lose spirit" despite protests about the administration's immigration policies.
President Donald Trump fired off several tweets Saturday morning showing his support for the US Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency (ICE), calling it "one of the smartest, toughest, and most spirited law enforcement groups."
The Trump administration's crackdown on immigration has prompted some Democrats and activists on the left to call for ICE to be abolished. On Saturday, protesters are set to march in over 700 cities, including Washington, DC, to demonstrate against family separations and Attorney General Jeff Sessions' "zero tolerance" policy that sparked the crackdown.
Trump on Saturday claimed he has "watched ICE liberate towns from the grasp of MS-13."
He also tweeted that the "brave men and women of ICE ... are doing a fantastic job of keeping us safe by eradicating the worst criminal elements." He added that the "radical left Dems" would try to abolish all police if ICE was abolished.
Since the zero-tolerance policy was implemented, 2,300 migrant children have been separated from their parents at the US-Mexico border. Trump signed an executive order ending his administration's policy of family seperation, but most of the children have not been reunited with their parents, according to CNN.
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This week, Democratic Kirsten Gillibrand of New York became the first senator to announce support for the abolishment of ICE. 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who unseated a powerful House Democrat in a stunning upset this week, made abolishing ICE a major platform in her campaign.
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