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Seeking a split from ICE, agents say Trump's immigration crackdown hurts investigations, morale

The political backlash against U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement has turned so intense that leaders of the agency's criminal investigative division sent a letter last week to Homeland Security Secretary Kirstjen Nielsen urging an organizational split.

The letter, signed by the majority of special agents in charge of ICE's Homeland Security Investigative Division (HSI), offered a window into growing internal tension at the agency as an "Abolish ICE" protest movement has targeted its offices and won support from left-wing Democrats.

Though ICE is primarily known for immigration enforcement, the agency has two distinct divisions: Enforcement and Removal...