July 5, 2018

President Donald Trump criticized Democratic lawmakers for calling for the abolition of the Immigration and Customs Enforcement agency, in a Thursday rally.

“The Democrats want open borders which means lots of crime. We want tough, strong powerful borders, and we want no crime and we’re going to protect ICE. We protect ICE. They protect us and we protect them,” Trump declared, repeating, “they protect us and we protect them.”

The White House released a lengthy defense of ICE Thursday saying “abolishing ICE would mean open borders because it would eliminate the agency responsible for removing people who enter or remain in our country illegally, including drug dealers; gang members; and child molesters, rapists, and other sex offenders.”

“Abolishing ICE would allow dangerous criminal aliens—including violent and ruthless members of the MS-13 gang—to remain in American communities and inflict terrible harm on innocent American men, women, and children,” the White House continued.