Sen. Dick Durbin: ICE Is ‘A Group of Incompetents’

Brady Kenyon | July 2, 2018 | 12:28pm EDT
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( - Sen. Dick Durbin (D-Ill.) criticized Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) on Saturday at a rally in Illinois, saying they are “a group of incompetents” and “ they’re more focused on toddler than terrorists.”

A slew of other Democratic politicians have begun to call for (ICE) to abolished. The list includes Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.) and Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-NY.) and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio just to name a few.

Appearing at a rally in Illinois Saturday, Durbin condemned ICE, saying, “Look at ICE. What a group of incompetents. At this point they’re focused more on toddlers than terrorists.”

Durbin went on to suggest ICE focuses more on deporting families than felons.

“They want to, instead of deporting felons, they’re deporting families that are being persecuted by criminal gangs,” he said.

“They can either listen today, or they’re going to hear the message in November,” he added when asked about the message he wanted to send to his congressional colleagues. “I think the American people will speak loudly,” added Durbin.

Over the weekend, Warren called for ICE to be replaced with something that reflects our morality.

"The president's deeply immoral actions have made it obvious -- we need to rebuild our immigration system from top to bottom, starting by replacing ICE with something that reflects our morality and that works," Warren said to protestors in Boston on Saturday.

Gillibrand commented on ICE, arguing that it “has become a deportation force”’ and she believes we “should get rid of it.”

"I believe that [Immigration and Customs Enforcement] has become a deportation force … and that's why I believe you should get rid of it, start over, reimagine it and build something that actually works," Gillibrand said in a CNN interview Thursday night.

Mayor de Blasio chimed in as well calling for ICE to be ‘abolished.’

“We should abolish ICE,” de Blasio said Friday morning on WNYC radio.

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