"What we are trying to do is build a national movement to actually do something because as we know our political leaders from both parties are not doing anything about it", Philly Socialist member Enav Emmanuel said.
So far, Tester, running to retaom such a vulnerable seat, has not joined the growing ranks of Democrats who insist they want to "abolish ICE", the primary immigration enforcement agency in the country.
"There's going to be an agency", Cardin replied, "we're always going to have an agency at the border". "If not, just open the floodgates".
On Monday, agents with the Department of Homeland Security, Border Patrol as well as Immigration and Customs Enforcement launched a social media campaign to raise public awareness of their work. Sixty-four percent (83 percent of Republicans, 47 percent of Democrats, and 66 percent of independents) said they should be sent home.
The district, which straddles Orange and northern San Diego counties, has a seven-point Republican registration advantage but went to Hillary Clinton by a margin of 7.5 points in the 2016 presidential election.
39 cities, 364 counties and three states have adopted some sort of sanctuary policy.
One way some cities, counties and states become "sanctuaries" is this: they have chose to only honor ICE HOLDS for risky criminals or to limit information about release dates. ICE is responsible for internal enforcement, such as deporting illegal immigrants convicted of crimes.
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This particular protest should not be lumped in with the recent "Abolish ICE" protests or calls from Democratic politicians to abolish ICE. Kamala Harris of California and Kirsten Gillibrand of NY also hopped on the open border bandwagon hoping to cement their activist bona fides. "They can not be ordered by the White House to basically ignore their mission and the law, and that's what's happening". "You must not know what ICE really does", the White House said in a tweet that included a link to an Immigration and Customs Enforcement release about the removal of a Salvadoran MS-13 affiliate.
"It's just politics", said Clint Phillips, a longtime resident in his mid-60s.
The vast majority - 88 percent - opposed separating illegal immigrant families while they are in the US, and they blamed the Trump administration for the policy.
And 53 percent said Trump was "exploiting the nation's immigration issue for political gain" compared with 44 percent who said he was interested in "resolving the nation's immigration issue". "We want to abandon.'" Trump said".
"When it comes to the separation of immigrant kids from their parents, American voters are clearly appalled", he said in a statement.
Nearly everyone agrees that policy was extreme and inhumane - all the more so because it appears deceptive tactics were used to take children from parents and because the administration had no good procedures in place to ensure that parents and children would be reunited. If Penn's findings are correct, most Americans are closer to Trump than today's Democrats. "They are carrying out Trump's policies".
Over the weekend and into this week, Trump tweeted about it repeatedly, saying Democrats want to get rid of ICE so they can have open borders and more crime. I think it's incredibly important to lay out our principles, our vision.