York | Donald Trump's mainstream immigration policy

Ronald Vitiello                        John Gibbins  The San Diego Union Tribune via AP

Ronald Vitiello John Gibbins The San Diego Union Tribune via AP

But ICE is not responsible for what we've seen at the border in the past few months, particularly the heinous practice of separating parents from their children.

"If they're actually going after crime, if they're actually doing things, if they're actually following the law, that's fine", Leahy said. "Mostly they want people who cross the border illegally to be returned home efficiently".

In one of a string of Twitter comments, the USA leader said, "How can the Democrats, who are weak on the Border and weak on Crime, do well in November".

"Well, I hope they keep thinking about it", Trump said.

Reuters/Ipsos data shows that immigration became a top concern for registered voters in the United States after the Trump administration in May announced its "zero tolerance" policy on illegal immigrants, saying they would be criminally charged.

Then, in an apparent attempt to walk back its radical stance, the Congressional Hispanic Caucus circulated a memo among Capitol Hill Democrats calling not to abolish ICE but for "increasing transparency and accountability". The department he forgot is the one he now heads as President Trump's energy secretary. It's a shorthand way to remind lawmakers and the public that Democrats don't like how the president has demonized immigrants - whether they entered the US legally or not. "We give them room to talk about better immigration policy", she said, comparing the circumstances to the civil rights movement, when Martin Luther King Jr., was viewed more favorably by white power brokers than more strident leaders like Malcolm X. They just want the agency shut immediately, and we'll worry later about what comes next.

"More and more people are waking up to the fact that these are badly broken agencies and that something needs to change", he said.

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".

Rep. Mark Pocan of Wisconsin said he would introduce legislation that would dismantle ICE and create a commission to provide recommendations to Congress on how the government "can implement a humane immigration enforcement system", according to a statement.

The historic mountain resort is owned by West Virginia Gov. Jim Justice, a coal mining executive and Trump ally who introduced Trump as "the guy, the man, the man, that has done more for this country than anyone could ever imagine".

However, he said there could be concern around immigration enforcement more broadly.

Penn asked whether respondents "support or oppose building a combination of physical and electronic barriers across the U.S. -Mexico border". Sixty-one percent said current border security is inadequate. Photos of illegal alien mothers with agitated children, unverified secret recordings of crying toddlers and a servile media pushing the narrative of the no-border interest groups made a "blue wave" election more than a possibility.

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