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“Abolish ICE” Campaign Comes to CT, as Blumenthal Weighs In

July 2, 2018 By Staff
“Abolish ICE” Campaign Comes to CT, as Blumenthal Weighs In

The campaign by some liberals to "abolish" Immigrations and Customs Enforcement (ICE) is making headlines around the country, and now in Connecticut, too.

“Abolish ICE.”

It’s a campaign among liberals that’s picking up speed around the country, and the campaign came to Hartford’s doorstep on Monday.

According to the Hartford Courant‘s Matthew Ormseth, protesters spent part of Monday morning blocking an entrance to an immigration building in Hartford. Later in the morning, police began making arrests.

The campaign is demanding policymakers dismantle U.S. Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE). The post-9/11 agency has come under new scrutiny in 2018, as they pursue undocumented immigrants living in the U.S. with a vigorous mandate from the Trump administration. The campaign grew in particular following the enactment and then withdrawal of the Trump administration’s family separation policy at the U.S.-Mexico border.

Sen. Richard Blumenthal (D-Conn.) was asked about the campaign on CBS’ “Face the Nation” on Sunday. He said abolishing ICE “will accomplish nothing.”

BRENNAN: Immigration is also a hot-button issue that may and already has in some ways come before the Supreme Court. I want to ask you, sir, do you agree with your colleague Senator Kirsten Gillibrand that we should get rid of Immigration and Customs Enforcement, or ICE, as that agency is known?

BLUMENTHAL: Abolishing ICE will accomplish nothing, unless we change the Trump policies. I visited the border about a week ago. I saw the brutality and inhumanity and absolute cruelty of these policies, ripping children away from their parents. There is no plan or path to reunify them.

The Washington Free Beacon captured video of the exchange:

Blumenthal risks ire from Connecticut liberals – typically a friendly constituency for the senior senator – if he sticks with his opposition to “abolish ICE.”