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The *vast* majority of the heads of ICE's Homeland Security Investigations - 19 out of the subagency's 26 field offices - now support eliminating ICE.

You may ask yourself, well, how did we get here?

My write-up:…

On President Trump labeling the #AbolishICE movement "extremist," the Southern District of New York - one of the nation's most important federal courts - has a Daniel Patrick Moynihan Courthouse.

Named after a late senator who moved to abolish the CIA.…
And of course, the right has been pushing for years to abolish the IRS.…

Both of those other agencies are far older, created in 1947 (CIA) and 1846 (1846).

ICE is a post-9/11 creation from 2003, bloating from a $3.3B budget then to $6.1B in 2016.
Though the article goes into this, let me be clear not to overstate what the HSI agents write in the letter.

They want to divide ICE into its component agencies: HSI and Enforcement and Removal Operations (ERO). HSI agents say lumping the agencies together confuses the public.
On a practical level, the HSI field office chiefs say, the ICE name scares off local cooperation with the subagency's national security, child pornography, and transnational crime investigations in certain jurisdictions.

From the letter:
Notably, this letter's include only HSI agents, not ERO.

I sent the sub-agency's public information office the following email and will update the story with any response.
Several commentators already have (reasonably) asked what splitting ICE in two accomplishes other than rebranding.

Several things:

* HSI believes it will make the criminal investigation component more effective.
* Pinpoints the agency responsible for deportations. (cont'd)
And as @Pareene notes here, this shift mainstreams a dialogue about how the national security state that ballooned post-9/11 can be restrained and reconfigured.

People forget that it's fairly new.
The upshot:

ICE today is a house divided. One of its halves - Homeland Security Investigations - overwhelmingly no longer wants to be a part of the umbrella agency.

#AbolishICE activists succeeded in forcing the U.S. to re-imagine in post-9/11 national security architecture.
Bonus tweet:

The second signature on the HSI agents' letter is Angel Melendez, who announced drug lord El Chapo's extradition in New York last year.

Some perspective on why HSI agents might not want their work mixed up with undoc immigrant roundups.…
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