In a tweet Thursday, Occupy ICE PDX - PDX is the code for Portland's main airport - acknowledged officers were clearing people from in front of the building but said protesters "aren't going anywhere".
"Just trying to stop ICE, really, and abolish that whole system, peacefully though", Kelly Bower, another protestor, said. "The radical left Dems want you out. Zero chance, It will never happen!"
NY has been a bellwether of such calls, first started by immigrant rights advocacy groups but recently picked up by national figures such as Democratic House candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, Sen.
Additionally, Democrat Senator Kirsten Gillibrand recently outright called for abolishing ICE - making her the first senator to do so. "The separation of immigrants, children from their parents, and now the detention of whole families indefinitely is inhumane, and there is no legal or ethical way to justify it", an Occupy ICE protester told the Free Press Wednesday . President Donald Trump has since signed an executive order reinforcing the policy but asking that families be held together, instead of separately. "I believe that it has become a deportation force, and I think you should separate the criminal justice from the immigration issues", Gillibrand, a potential 2020 presidential contender, said on "Cuomo PrimeTime".
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James Lankford says the White House needs to do a better job explaining why families were being separated at the southern border. In one tweet, he used the loaded term "infest" to reference the influx of immigrants entering the country illegally.
Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, the Democratic socialist candidate who achieved a shocking win Tuesday over Rep. Joe Crowley in the New York Democratic primary, touted the abolition of ICE as a key platform in her campaign.
New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has echoed Ocasio-Cortez, saying the agency's time "has come and gone". And she ridiculed protesters in Washington, D.C., who were calling for abolishment of ICE as "Jiffy Pop" on account of the "tin foil robes" they wore, which were meant to resemblethe foil blankets ICE is giving detained children. "I have watched ICE liberate towns from the grasp of MS-13 & clean out the toughest of situations".
Amid outrage over Trump's draconian immigration policies, some prominent Democratic figures have joined calls to abolish ICE, which was established in 2003.