But Bill Clinton left office in 2001, in the faraway pre-progressive days of the Democratic Party.
Real immigration reform requires rational laws and a workable, humane enforcement system.
But Klobuchar refused to endorse that approach, and instead insisted that the focus should be on immigration policy.
"As a woman and as a mother, I refuse to stay silent as parents on the border are separated from their kids", said Tamika Mallory, co-chair of the Women's March, who was one of those arrested. But the policy resulted in an estimated 2,400 children being separated from the adults who illegally brought them into the country. They also wrote that "the perception of HSI's investigative independence is unnecessarily impacted by the political nature" of ICE's immigration enforcement.
Ice was created in 2003 when the Bush administration reorganized a number of federal agencies in response to the 11 September 2001 terrorist attacks, and placed them under the brand new Department of Homeland Security. He said it was "the right vote" at the time. Richard Blumenthal echoed Klobuchar's messaging, saying, "Abolishing ICE will accomplish nothing unless we change the Trump policies".
Ronald D. Vitiello, who was serving as acting deputy commissioner of U.S. Customs and Border Protection, began Saturday as deputy director of U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement. What's more, the poll found, 22 percent of Republicans and 55 percent of voters think he "has emboldened people who hold racist beliefs to express those beliefs publicly".
"The problem you have with ICE is they're there to be law enforcement and the reason so many of them are either quitting or being so critical, they're being told to do something else", Leahy said Friday. It is one he can win - and Democrats calling to eliminate ICE will have given him a potent weapon with which to do it.
The Trump administration has often pointed to a "crisis of illegal immigration" at the USA border.
Leahy argued that the Trump administration has directed the agencies to act outside of their mission.
News reports say the Trump administration has made little progress so far in carrying out the order, with most of the parents detained in southwestern states along the border and the children dispersed to shelters in far-flung states. "But it's just as important to get something done, to make things better than they are right now", O'Rourke said. "They can not be ordered by the White House to basically ignore their mission and the law, and that's what's happening".