Senator Kirsten Gillibrand is the first sitting senator to call for the Immigration and Customs Enforcement Agency to be eliminated.
The New York Democrat said that ICE needs to be eliminated and then revamped. Gillibrand said the agency, which was created 15 years ago, is not working in the way in which it was originally intended. The focus on ICE comes in the wake of the controversy over the Trump administration’s “zero tolerance” policy, which called for all illegal border crossers to be prosecuted. This in turn led to the separation of families due to longstanding detention rules, until President Trump signed an executive order last week ordering families be detained together.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo also has come under heavy pressure from the left to call for the elimination of ICE, particularly amid a far-left challenge from actress and activist Cynthia Nixon — who called it a terrorist organization.