Velázquez Calls to Abolish ICE
Washington, DC – Rep. Nydia M. Velázquez (D-NY) issued the following statement today calling for the abolition of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE):
“ICE is being used to terrorize immigrant communities and carry out President Trump’s immoral ‘zero-tolerance’ policy. Moreover, the agency’s almost myopic focus on harassing and targeting immigrants distracts from priorities most Americans actually share - like cracking down on transnational criminals and sex traffickers. At this point, modest reforms at the margins of the agency are insufficient. The time has come to abolish ICE.
“While eliminating ICE would be an important step, it alone is not enough to halt Donald Trump’s deportation machine. This Administration is attacking immigrants on a multitude of fronts and we must resist on all of them. That includes reuniting and releasing families separated at the border, ending family detention and passing protections for Dreamers and TPS recipients.”