ICE names new acting director amid immigration turmoil

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Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) became the first sitting senator to say the US should "get rid of" ICE: "start over".

Ronald Vitiello is the new acting director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement, the Trump administration said, as President Donald Trump looks to fine tune his "zero-tolerance" policy on illegal immigration.

His final tweet late Saturday read: 'When people come into our Country illegally, we must IMMEDIATELY escort them back out without going through years of legal maneuvering.

NY gubernatorial hopeful Cynthia Nixon, who has mutually endorsed Ocasio-Cortez, has thrown her support behind ICE's abolition amid continued mass opposition to Trump's "zero tolerance" policy, as has Democratic Senator Kirsten Gillibrand, also of NY.

"The radical left Dems want you out", Trump wrote in his tweet, referring to ICE.

The letter informed the Trump administration that stepped-up enforcement against families seeking asylum in the United States had detracted from the fight against violent criminal elements.

The issue is getting traction after this week's surprise upset by 28-year-old Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, who made "Abolish ICE" a central tenet of her campaign against Rep. Joe Crowley, who had been the king of Queens.

"The men and women of ICE are doing what they are told", Sandweg said.

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"To the great and fearless men and women of ICE, do not worry or lose your spirit", Trump wrote in one tweet. We need to separate immigration issues from criminal justice.

Immigration activists hold signs against family separation during a rally to protest against the Trump Administration's immigration policy, outside the White House in Washington, June 30, 2018.

Shortly after appearing on the show, the senator took to social media to elaborate she had come around to support the opinion ICE was now a "deportation force" and needed to be replaced with "something that actually works".

When CNN's Van Jones asked James Schwab, a former spokesman for ICE's San Francisco division, if he believes the agency should be abolished or shut down, Schwab said, "It just doesn't make sense to me". In interviews with multiple outlets, she has said the government "maybe" or "probably" should "start from scratch" on an immigration enforcement agency.

Sens. Kristen Gillibrand of NY and Kamala Harris of California have suggested the agency responsible for enforcing immigration laws be eliminated. The debate over the agency's future follows the widespread outcry in recent weeks after the Trump administration separated more than 2,000 migrant children from their parents.

President Donald Trump defiantly responded to the calls Saturday morning.

Trump on Saturday claimed he has "watched ICE liberate towns from the grasp of MS-13". According to Trump, the abolition of ICE "will never happen".