President Trump on Saturday defended Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) in the face of calls by some Democrats to abolish the agency, saying the agents are "doing a fantastic job" and that scrapping the agency "will never happen".
Trump, however, in repeated tweets has defended the agency, saying Saturday, "To the great and fearless men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit".
Across the nation, ICE has never seemed more visible as anger continues over the separation of families under the Trump administration's "zero-tolerance" policy.
(ICE also mislabels some immigrants as gang members in order to deport them.) Along with the hosts' efforts, guests on the network lie and mislead about immigration issues to defend the agency's critical role in President Donald Trump's agenda of implementing mass deportations.
She added: "And that's why I believe you should get rid of it, start over, reimagine it and build something that actually works".
Ocasio-Cortez, who is part of the progressive wing of the Democratic Party, has made the abolition of ICE a central pillar of her candidacy.
Donald Trump, who has vilified law enforcement agencies, the intelligence community, the military, and veterans, leapt to ICE's defense via Twitter, and attacked Democrats for supporting the agency's abolishment. Joe CrowleyJoseph (Joe) CrowleyDemocrats can kiss swing voters goodbye with progressive ballot Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez: I don't think Trump "knows how to deal with a girl from the Bronx" Democratic Socialists of America see membership spike after Ocasio-Cortez win MORE (D-N.Y.) in a primary.More news: Rally Against Family Separation Marches From City Hall To Boston Common
"It's important for this administration to know that these policies that rip apart families - that treat people as less than human, like they're vermin - are not the way of God, they are not the law of love", said the Rev. Julie Hoplamazian, an Episcopal priest marching in Brooklyn, whose own grandparents fled to the USA during the Armenian genocide. "And I lived through Vietnam, through Roe v. Wade", said Lisa Zieger, 66.
"Extremist Democrat politicians have called for the complete elimination of ICE". And these are the ones - you get rid of ICE you're going to have a country that you're going to be afraid to walk out of your house.
Immigrant advocacy groups say they're thrilled - and surprised - to see the issue gaining traction among those not tied to immigration. He urged ICE agents to "not worry or lose your spirit".
The focus was on the roughly 2,000 children who have been separated from their families under President Trump's "zero-tolerance" immigration policy.
"I think what has to change are the policies, and the people that are making these policies are making horrendous decisions like separating kids from their parents", she said on "This Week".
Cornell Law School immigration professor Stephen Yale-Loehr said it was "extremely unlikely" that Congress will do away with ICE.
"It's upsetting. Families being separated, children in cages", said Emilia Ramos, a cleaner in the district, fighting tears at the rally. 'So fearless! The radical left Dems want you out. This month, WikiLeaks published the identities and information of more than 9,000 supposed current and former ICE employees.