De Blasio says Trump wants to ‘make America hate again’ with ICE raids


Mayor de Blasio blasted President Trump for announcing that Immigration and Customs Enforcement would carry out raids nationally as a political ploy to scare immigrant communities and gin up his base of supporters.

“His slogan should be: make America hate again,” the mayor said on CNN’s “State of the Union” on Sunday.

Hizzoner argued that the country should “come to grips” with the immigration crisis.

“If we’re really going to have a serious conversation in this country about how to do this, let’s talk comprehensive immigration reform, let’s talk about a path to citizenship” for the millions of people who are already here,” de Blasio told the cable network from Chicago.

The mayor, a 2020 Democratic presidential candidate, was returning after spending several days campaigning in Iowa.

He accused the president of using ICE agents to benefit his re-election campaign.

“What he’s doing is not securing the border, it’s an electoral effort by President Trump,” de Blasio said.

He said ICE should be abolished for another agency that does not engage in family separations at the border and carries out the law fairly.

He was asked by host Jake Tapper about whether he had a problem with the Trump administration enforcing court orders against illegal immigrants who were ordered deported by a court.

“The Trump administration is no longer believable on these issues,” he said, referring to the “zero tolerance” policy that has led to children being separated from their families.