The Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency installed barriers outside their Washington, DC headquarters this week in an attempt to protect federal workers from activists surrounding the building.
According to the Washington Examiner, the department placed physical barriers at entrances and exits Wednesday to protect “employees and visitors” attempting to illegally enter the premises.
Anti-ICE protesters chant "quit your jobs" pic.twitter.com/5DCkbniBwQ
— Steven Nelson (@stevennelson10) June 27, 2018
“Several dozen activists had intended to enter the building to protest Trump administration deportation and border detention policies, but arrived to find temporary fencing and a line of officers blocking their way,” writes the Examiner.
The protests come just days after a string of Democratic candidates vowed to “abolish” the federal agency; claiming the department was “tearing at the fabric” of the United States by enforcing existing immigration laws.
CALIFORNIA CHAOS: Trump Threatens to REMOVE ICE AGENTS Throughout the State
President Trump called-out the state of California and its “disgraceful” sanctuary cities Thursday over their refusal to cooperate with the federal government in reducing illegal immigration; threatening to remove ICE agents throughout the state if they continue to shelter undocumented workers from the agency.
President Trump and his administration have focused on deporting MS-13 gang members throughout the country -and specifically in California- as a major national security priority; telling reporters at the White House he’s received “no help” from the state.
“If I wanted to pull my people out of California you would see a crime-nest like you’ve never seen before,” Trump warned. “All I have to do is say, ‘ICE and Border Patrol, leave California alone.’ You would see crime like nobody has seen crime in this country. I could do it.”
The Commander-in-Chief predicted that California and local governments would be “begging” for him to reinstate the agency; citing record spikes in crime, drug use, and homelessness after the state declared itself a “sanctuary” for illegal aliens.
Watch the President’s comments above.
'TOTAL CATASTROPHE': Four Separate IMMIGRATION BILLS FAIL in US Senate
Four separate immigration bills crashed and burned in the US Senate this week, capping off a week of fiery debate, negotiations, and eventually defeat as both the President’s proposal and a bipartisan bill failed to secure enough votes.
Trump’s four-part immigration plan -which would provide a pathway to citizenship for nearly two million ‘Dreamers,’ fund his border wall, and end “chain” migration- went down in defeat, with many Republicans joining their Democrat colleagues and sinking the bill in a 39-60 vote.
The Senate’s bipartisan deal also fell short just hours after Trump threatened to veto the bill he described as a “total catastrophe.”
“The Schumer-Rounds-Collins immigration bill would be a total catastrophe. @DHSgov says it would be ‘the end of immigration enforcement in America.’ It creates a giant amnesty (including for dangerous criminals), doesn’t build the wall, expands chain migration, keeps the visa,” Trump tweeted.
The Schumer-Rounds-Collins immigration bill would be a total catastrophe. @DHSgov says it would be “the end of immigration enforcement in America.” It creates a giant amnesty (including for dangerous criminals), doesn’t build the wall, expands chain migration, keeps the visa…
— Donald J. Trump (@realDonaldTrump) February 15, 2018
The Senate’s inability to pass any immigration deal comes as the March 5th deadline looms with the nation’s DACA program officially expiring; throwing into question the fate of millions of ‘Dreamers’ currently residing in the United States.