Leading Democratic Senator Pushes Back on Colleagues' Calls to Abolish ICE: 'Will Accomplish Nothing'

| JUL 1, 2018 | 6:28 PM

Amid growing calls to abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) pushed back and said that was a futile effort.

Blumenthal made those comments during a Sunday appearance on CBS' “Face the Nation.” Host Margaret Brennan mentioned Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand's call to abolish ICE and asked whethter Blumenthal agreed.

Blumenthal charged the President Donald Trump with “brutality” — in the family separations at the border — that could only be solved by changing the administration's policies.

Family separations
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“Abolishing ICE will accomplish nothing unless we change the Trump administration's policies,” Blumenthal argued.

Amid uproar over family separations, Trump signed an executive order putting an end to that practice. But Blumenthal complained that the Trump administration had “no path” to unifying families. 

He was likely referring to how the Trump administration has yet to reunite some of the already-separated families.


As IJR previously noted, many Democratic candidates have pushed to end ICE. New York gubernatorial candidate Cynthia Nixon, for example, went so far as to label ICE a “terrorist organization.”

In response to Democrats' request, President Trump said it would never happen:

“You are doing a fantastic job of keeping us safe by eradicating the worst criminal elements,” Trump told ICE agents. “So brave! The radical left Dems want you out. Next it will be all police. Zero chance, It will never happen!”