Senator Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.) is continuing to call for the abolition of ICE. During a town hall meeting in New York, Gillibrand gave her opinion on ICE. “I couldn’t be more against what this administration is doing, and I think what we can do is just keep speaking out, keep demanding something different,” said Gillibrand. She has been very outspoken about issues she has with the agency, claiming that it has become a “deportation” agency.
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Instead of calling for a reform of ICE, the senator wants a full abolition and a completely new agency to take its place. “The reason why we should get rid of ICE, reimagine it and build something that works, is because it doesn’t work,” said Gillibrand. “What they’re doing right now is unconscionable, and I think they should be able to fund the anti-terrorism stuff. But the enforcement removal operations are doing a terrible job, and we should reimagine it, and actually have a real immigration system that works.”
However, ICE has been focusing their efforts on arresting illegal immigrants with criminal backgrounds and has deported hundreds of people who had prior convictions. Last year, ICE officials stated that they made 127,000 arrests that had a positive impact on drug and child predator crime.