His remarks come at a time when ICE has come under fire and the slogan "Abolish ICE" has gained traction among activists and some Democratic politicians. Elizabeth Warren (Mass.) and Kirsten Gillibrand (N.Y.), both of whom are considered potential 2020 presidential contenders.
Vice President Mike Pence reiterated that the administration stands with ICE as he delivered remarks at the agency's headquarters.
VP Pence added that "the calls for abolishing ICE are not only outrageous, they are irresponsible".
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"These spurious attacks on ICE by our political leaders must stop", Pence said of an agency that has taken on a higher profile amid the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" immigration policies and forced separations of migrant families at the southern border. "So we believe that we should protect families that need our help and that is not what ICE is doing today", Gillibrand said in an interview with CNN in late June.
The bloggers' observation follows several prominent pro-abortion Democrats, and even the nation's leading pro-abortion lobbying groups, denouncing the Trump administration over the scandal using language strikingly similar to what pro-lifers say about abortion. Pence also criticized NY gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, who has made abolishing the agency a centerpiece of her Democratic primary campaign against Gov. Andrew Cuomo.
"In many cases ICE will release the parent on Alternatives to Detention (ATD) to enable reunification to be completed", Robert Guadian, a top official at U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, said in a sworn declaration. "I can think of no better description than to call ICE a terrorist organization, and I will wear any criticism from Mike Pence as a badge of honor".
Pence claimed that opposition to ICE was no longer coming just from "the radical left" but had now "moved to the center of the Democratic party itself".
Moreover, research shows the Trump administration's frequent association between immigration and crime is hyperbolic.