Sen. Gillibrand Stuns CNN Host as She Explains Why We Should Abolish ICE: 'It Has Become a Deportation Force'

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY) became the first sitting senator to come out in favor of abolishing Immigrations and Customs Enforcement Thursday night.


CNN's Chris Cuomo interviewed the New York senator — a suspected contender for the Democratic presidential nomination in 2020 — and asked her how she feels about some of the more eye-catching proposals progressive candidates like Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez have endorsed, such as abolishing ICE.

“Well, I agree with it. I don’t think ICE today is working as intended,” she said, to Cuomo's apparent surprise.

"You think you should get rid of the agency?" he said, his eyes wide.

"I believe that it has become a deportation force," she said. "And I think you should separate out the criminal justice from the immigration issues. And I think you should reimagine ICE under a new agency with a very different mission and take those two missions out. So we believe that we should protect families that need our help and that is not what ICE is doing today."

She added: "And that's why I believe you should get rid of it, start over, reimagine it and build something that actually works."

Watch the clip below:

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