ICE In Pictures: This Is What Some Democrats Are Trying To Abolish

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Virginia Kruta Associate Editor
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As the number of Democrats calling for the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) grows steadily, the law enforcement agency isn’t taking the threat without a fight.

Taking advantage of its social media reach, ICE spent the day on Monday tweeting stories and photos of past accomplishments, painting a clear picture of exactly what critics were ready to abolish. (RELATED: ‘Zero Chance’ — Trump Hits Back At Calls To Abolish ICE)

The fight to end human smuggling and trafficking.

Standing up against female genital mutilation.

Tracking down people trafficking in child pornography.

Taking illegal immigrant sex offenders off the street.

Preserving cultures and art by fighting back against the trafficking of priceless artifacts.

Confiscating illegal weapons that are trafficked across the border and used by drug cartels.

Stopping the black market sales of drugs and weapons.

Providing humanitarian relief efforts after natural disasters.

Shutting down drug-trafficking operations.

Working on the front lines of the nation’s opioid crisis.

So far, the Democrats who have called for abolishing the agency are Senators Kirsten Gillibrand (NY) and Elizabeth Warren (MA) and Representatives Mark Pocan (WI), Pramila Jayapal (WA), Earl Blumenauer (OR), Jim McGovern (MA), Nydia Velasquez (NY), Raul Grijalva (AZ), Mike Capuano (MA) and Adriano Espaillat (NY). New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio has also called for an end of ICE, as has New York congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez. California Senator Kamala Harris has called for the organization to undergo a reevaluation, but has not ruled out “starting from scratch.”