- Associated Press - Friday, June 29, 2018

NEW YORK (AP) - New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio says he agrees with protesters and fellow Democratic politicians who are calling for the abolition of the federal government’s chief immigration enforcement agency.

De Blasio said on WNYC radio Friday that Immigration and Customs Enforcement “has become a punitive, negative tool for division” and should be replaced with something else.

Democratic politicians including New York Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand and congressional candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have said that ICE should be abolished.

About 100 protesters chanted “Abolish ICE!” as they marched through lower Manhattan Friday.

Protester Suzanne Rust said she was shocked that migrant families have been separated trying to cross the border from Mexico.

Rust said she was “just fed up” and wanted to protest “what’s happening in this country.”

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