New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio (D) called on Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) to be abolished on Friday, claiming that the agency has “become a punitive, negative tool for division,” and is “no longer acceptable.”
“You need some kind of agency to deal with immigration, but ICE is not that,” de Blasio said on “The Brian Lehrer Show” on WYNC. “ICE has proven it can’t be that. ICE’s time has come and gone; it is broken. ICE has been sent on a very negative, divisive mission, and it cannot function the way it is.”
“So I think Ms. Ocasio-Cortez is right,” he added, echoing comments made by Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez, a political newcomer who defeated Rep. Joseph Crowley (D-N.Y.) in a Democratic primary race on Tuesday. “We should abolish ICE. We should create something better, something different.”
Calls for ICE, which was established in 2003, to be abolished have grown since the Trump administration began their “zero tolerance” policy which has caused families to be separated.