President Donald J. Trump sat down for an interview with Fox News' Maria Bartiromo over the weekend and gloated that if the Democrats run campaigns for the 2018 midterms and 2020 presidential elections based on the idea of the abolishing the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, then they will be 'beaten so badly' by their Republican opponents it will not even be close.
“Well I hope they keep thinking about it. Because they’re going to get beaten so badly,” he said after being asked his thoughts on the idea of dismantling ICE. “You know ICE, these are the guys that go in and take MS-13, and they take them out. Because they’re much tougher than MS-13, like by a factor of 10. 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.”
Senators such as Elizabeth Warren and Kirsten Gillibrand have made comments in recent weeks saying the agency needed to be replaced all together.
"I believe that [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] has become a deportation force … and that's why I believe you should get rid of it, start over, reimagine it and build something that actually works," Gillibrand said on Thursday.
Early Saturday morning, President Trump also praised the agency as "one of the smartest, toughest, and most spirited law enforcement groups" that he has ever seen.
The Democrats are making a strong push to abolish ICE, one of the smartest, toughest and most spirited law enforcement groups of men and women that I have ever seen. I have watched ICE liberate towns from the grasp of MS-13 & clean out the toughest of situations. They are great!— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) June 30, 2018