Phillips, who identified himself as a centrist Republican, was appalled by the child-separation policy and also wants Congress to come up with a solution to allow DACA recipients, adult immigrants who came to country years ago as children, to remain here without the threat of deportation.
“They didn’t look at the implications of the zero-tolerance policy,” he said. “But that doesn’t mean you abolish ICE. What’s to say that whatever you replace it with won’t be worse, more bureaucratic and inefficient?”
Others fully embraced Trump’s restrictive immigration policies and his campaign promise to build a “big, beautiful wall” with Mexico.
“If you abolish ICE, then anybody who wants to come to the country, would just come in without any consequences,” said John Anderson, who is in his mid-70s. “Even though I don’t like a lot of Trump’s rhetoric or his tweets, I think a lot of his policies are good.”