ISTM there is a major difference between protests against, say, police brutality, and the protests against ICE. With protests against police shooting unarmed black men, the protesters are contending that the police didn’t do their job right (shooting people who don’t pose a threat isn’t what cops are supposed to do,) but nobody protests against the existence of Dallas, St. Louis or Minneapolis police itself. But with ICE, there are many people who are protesting against the very existence of ICE, or ICE *doing its very job.
There are of course many who protest against ICE doing its job in an inhumane way (i.e., kids in cages or excessive force, or laughing cruelly at kids in detention), but beyond that, the protests against ICE seem to be against the very primary task of ICE itself - deporting people. Isn’t that what the job description of ICE is - to deport people? Someone has to do it, and if it weren’t ICE, it would just have to be some other governmental agency who’d be doing the exact same thing. One can argue that it should be done more humanely, or with more oversight, but the very job description of ICE is…what it’s doing, deporting people who are to be deported.
If ICE were really to be abolished as the protesters demand, then who would be doing the deportations? …No one?