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Matt Haggman to run 'abolish ICE' commercial in Miami congressional race


With furor building over the Trump administration's decision to separate families caught crossing into U.S. borders outside regulated checkpoints, a Miami congressional candidate is going on air with a pledge to work to abolish the country's Immigration and Customs Enforcement arm.

Matt Haggman, one of five Democrats hoping to replace Rep. Ileana Ros-Lehtinen in Congress, is spending six figures to run the 16-second spot, mostly on Miami network television.

"We can protect our border without being cruel to kids," Haggman says in the ad, in which he also takes a swipe at the race's frontrunner. "Donna Shalala, she's had her chance."

Shalala and David Richardson are already on TV in the race, which also features Kristen Rosen Gonzalez and Michael Hepburn. But Haggman's timing is good, given that news broke Monday that federal authorities had sent as many as 1,000 children to a previously dormant child shelter in Homestead. On Tuesday, Bill Nelson is heading to the Homestead Temporary Shelter for Unaccompanied Children -- further highlighting what a poll suggests is an incredibly unpopular policy decision in Miami by President Donald Trump to separate children from their parents as a deterrent to illegal immigration.