House Homeland Security Chairman: ‘No’ Bill to Abolish ICE Will Be Accepted

By Craig Millward | January 14, 2019 | 4:22 PM EST

House Rep. Bennie Thompson
(D-Miss.) (YouTube)

( -- On C-SPAN’s Newsmakers on Sunday, House Homeland Security Committee Chairman Rep. Bennie Thompson (D-Miss.) said he would not bring any bill to Abolish Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) through his committee.

“Will you bring an abolish ICE bill through your committee?” the Washington Times’ Stephen Dinan asked Rep. Thompson.

“No,” he replied.


“I’ve been a supporter of ICE. They do a job just like any operation. We can review what they do. And if we need to tweak it, I’m committed to doing that,” Thompson said.

“There have been some question about ICE’s interior enforcement role,” he said. “We need to look at that. As you know, we share jurisdiction of ICE with the Committee on Judiciary. So in some instances we’ll probably have to have joint hearings. But I don’t think there’s any issue that we won’t look at to see if we can improve it.”


Last year, several Democrats, including Sen. Elizabeth Warren (D-Mass.), Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.), then-congressional Candidate Alexandria Ocasio-Cortez (D-N.Y.), Rep. Ted Lieu (D-Calif.)  and New York City Mayor Bill De Blasio called for Abolishing ICE.

Sen. Kirsten Gillibrand (D-N.Y.)  (YouTube)

Last July, Rep. Mark Pocan (D-Wis.) Introduced a bill called “Establishing a Humane Immigration Enforcement System Act,” to abolish ICE.

The bill was co-sponsored by Rep. Pramila Jayapal (D-Wash.), Rep. Adriano Espaillat (D-N.Y), Rep. Jose Serrano (D-N.Y.), Rep. Earl Blumenauer (D-Ore.), Rep. Jim McGovern (D-Mass.), Rep. Adam Smith (D-Wash.), Rep. Nydia Velazquez (D-N.Y.), and Rep. Yvette Clarke (D-N.Y.)

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