(CNSNews.com) – Former New Orleans Mayor Mitch Landrieu told CNN’s “State of the Union with Jake Tapper” on Sunday that he does not agree with some of his Democratic colleagues who are calling for the abolishment of Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), adding that if when the police get out of hand, “you don’t say, get rid of the police,” you reform the police department.
“I don't think abolishing ICE is a good idea, primarily because, when police departments get out of the way, do the wrong thing or are governed in the wrong way, you don't say, get rid of the police department. You reform the police department,” Landrieu said.
“We are, in fact, a nation of immigrants. We know that. We're also a nation of laws, and I do think that Congress has been remiss in not passing comprehensive immigration reform. But it does have to be commonsense. It has to be thoughtful. It has to protect the border, while at the same time making sure that everybody is dealt with in a constitutional way,” he said.
“I do believe very clearly that separating families from children was not a smart thing. It was a cruel thing. That really is not who we are, and there's a much better way to do that,” Landrieu said.
He also said that talk about impeaching President Donald Trump was “premature,” and he dispelled the notion that the country is divided.
“Well, of course, right now, because the president's in office, the question is, do you like him or don't you like him? And he is the distinguishing factor between and amongst the people that say the nation is so divided. I come from a different perspective. I don't think the nation is as divided as we think it is,” Landrieu said.
“If you're on the ground in America and on any day, people of different races, creeds, colors and religions are working together, and that's really what Americans most want,” he said.
“This impeachment talk, in my opinion, is premature. I think you have to let these investigations follow their course. You think -- let the lawyers do their job, and when there is evidence of something that significant, then you take that step,” Landrieu said.
“But impeachment in a democracy is always the last resort, not the first resort, and running towards that at this point in time, in my opinion right now based on what we know, is ill-advised,” he said.